With the insanity currently going on in Calgary, and the big game for the Canucks against the Habs this afternoon, I felt like mixing things up a bit. So in "honour" of the Grammys the other night, a little old school metal accompaniment to your Morning Coffee.Our focus here at NM is obviously on Montreal where the Canucks will take on the Canadiens at 4:30. With the news that Sami Salo is likely to return to the lineup tonight, along with Ryan Johnson drawing back in, the focus goes to two players tonight: Roberto Luongo and Alexandre Burrows. Luongo was pulled after 1 period in Toronto, surrendering 3 goals in that forgettable first frame. His stats in games after being pulled the night before this season are pretty impressive: 3-0, with a 1.33 goals-against average and .943 save rate (H/T to vancitydan). And unlike last season's visit to the Bell Center, I think we are more likely, given the number of injuries the Habs have and their inability to score 5 on 5, to see a game like Montreal's recent appearance in Vancouver, a 7-1 whitewashing.
Old School Metal goodie: SCORPIONS-Coming Home
The other spotlight will be on the guy who scored more goals in January than anyone else; Mr. Everything, Alex Burrows. Playing in front of friends and family, and with no Stefane Auger to kick him out of the game for a BS call, you know he will be even more pumped than he was on Saturday night as he led the comeback against the Leafs. Burrows remains one of the hottest goal scorers in the NHL, and you can feel another big night coming.
Old School Metal Goodie: MEGADETH-Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good
The possibility of Sami Salo returning to the lineup is welcome news. Though you can't say enough about how these guys stepped up in the absence of Salo and Willie Mitchell, the Canucks are a much tougher opponent with Salo's cannon from the blue line and Mitchell's shut-down abilities. It will also be nice to see Ryan Johnson back in the lineup, with the Habs getting the bulk of their goals on the PP, his shot blocking abilities will be required tonight.
Old School Metal Goodie: SUICIDAL TENDENCIES- Suicidal Maniac
A Fistful of Metal For Breakfast...
I don't know about you, but watching that Flames loss against the Flyers last night made me uncomfortable to watch. I actually felt for Jokinen and Prust a bit. What a brutal situation to be placed in, knowing you've been traded but still being required to suit up and be a good little soldier one last time. It's a mind boggling situation the Flames find themselves in right now, loaded down with a glut of wingers, most of them not very good. They have to be trying to flip Ales Kotalik, they couldn't possibly be interested in this prototypical Rangers underachiever and his contract that has 2 more years remaining. Then again, when you think about this trade, essentially the Flames traded Matthew Lombardi and a couple picks along with another player for Kotalilk and Chris Higgins, another underachiever. The dysfunction continues to grow in Calgary, and if D. Sutter doesn't make some incredible changes and go on a long playoff run, he's done, because he's already left this team with a shockingly bleak future.
Old School Metal Goodie: ANTHRAX- Madhouse
That gust of wind you heard last night from Central Alberta was not Dan Tencer bitching and moaning again, but the collective sigh of relief from the Oilers faithful. I suppose you could look at this as an upset, but let's face it, the Oilers had to win sometime. It would have been a better story for them to have beaten Calgary, and it might have been a little easier to handle the loss of Sheldon Souray in that game with a fractured wrist. The season may be done for the Oilers, and has been for a while. But at least now they have something to build on, right?
Old School Metal Goodie: OVERKILL- Elimination
Those of us anticipating the 2010 Men's Hockey tournament in Vancouver had to be smiling last night as Sidney Crosby lit up Buffalo's Ryan Miller for 3 goals, leading the Penguins to a 5-4 win over the Sabres last night. With Sid the Kid rolling, and guys like Mike Richards and Jarome Iginla (apart from last night) seemingly getting rolling, it's a good sign for Canada as they seek to capture gold on home ice at Canada Hockey Place.
Old School Metal Goodie: ANACRUSIS- Sound The Alarm
In AHL news, the Flames affiliate Abbotsford Heat are hosting the Chicago Wolves Thursday and Friday. The Wolves will have hockey's answer to the ">2000 Year Old Man in the lineup, Chris Chelios. I'd go just for the novelty of going to a game where I heckle both teams...
Old School Metal Goodie: OVERKILL- I Hate
Nucks Misconduct has complete game coverage for you today as always as the Canucks continue this historic road trip. One last classic (for me at least) before signing off... IRON MAIDEN's classic life on the road tune...