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Your Morning Coffee- Friday January 14

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NEW YORK  NY - JANUARY 13: Goaltender Cory Schneider #35 of the Vancouver Canucks makes a stick save against the New York Rangers during the game at Madison Square Garden on January 13 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK NY - JANUARY 13: Goaltender Cory Schneider #35 of the Vancouver Canucks makes a stick save against the New York Rangers during the game at Madison Square Garden on January 13 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images)
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Well, at least they hopefully got that out of their system.  After more than a month of unbelievable hockey, the Canucks served up an absolute turd last night, save for Cory Schneider.  The ginger-haired one gave them every opportunity to stay in the game, but to a man, the Canucks seemed disinterested in breaking down the trap of the Rangers like they had done to countless other teams this season.  And let me get this out of the way right now: I am PISSED at Alexandre Burrows for that gutless spear (for lack of a better word) on Marc Staal.  Embarrassing.  And such a disappointment after how much he had shied away from that kind of garbage this season.  More after the jump...

Like I said, we knew a regulation loss had to come sometime, and as much as it sucks for it to come against the Rangers, better them than the Islanders.  I am quite sure that the team knows they let their goalie down last night and are going to be chomping at the bit to get back on track against a Washington Capitals team that is pretty good on home ice. 

The one bright spot in last night's loss?  The Canucks didn't lose any ground, still maintaining a 3 point lead over Detroit and Philadelphia for tops in the NHL.  The key now is to not blow this one, and shake off a bad effort.  They just have to go back to the things that were working so well for them, as it seems they begin to drift away from them over the last couple games.  I fully expect a strong bounce back game tonight against that Ovechkin guy and the Capitals.  This starts a run of games every 2nd night, as they head to Minnesota and Colorado for big divisional games after this, then home for 4 against San Jose, Calgary, Dallas and Nashville.

Potato Pancakes...

How bad are things in San Jose right now?  Losing 5-2 to the Edmonton Oilers might just be the snapshot of their dysfunction this season.  You have to think something is going to happen there soon as they begin to face the reality of possibly missing the playoffs for the first time in years... The team I think will still make the playoffs in the West?  Minnesota.  Injuries aside, they are showing a lot of heart as they adjust to life outside of the Cult of Lemaire...  And the team currently in the top 8 that will drop out?  Anaheim.  The only top 8 team with a losing road record and goal differential in the minus, they aren't getting the loser points that other teams are (though it could also be Chicago who are almost in the same boat, and they can't seriously get another rookie goalie to lead them all the way, can they?)...

WAACH 'Cast's Band Of The Day- LICH KING

I tried to think of how to describe this band for you, but their bio on myspace says it best:

Once upon a time, Thor and He-Man were fighting. He-Man swung his sword of power and Thor met it with Mjolnir, his mighty hammer. The resulting lightningstorm killed them both, but from the blood and ozone and blackened bits of bone a new band was born. This would be the greatest thrash metal band in history. This is their tale. Then they wrote some songs and stuff, casting their spell upon the altar of steel. Gary Holt took a listen and his ears burst into flame. Billy Milano began weeping as he listened, and he threw himself from a bridge in despair. Jeff Hanneman listened to BUT ONE Lich King song and shook his head, then broke his guitar over one knee. He walked into a Staples and began filling out an application. Sadly, the fans of Lich King are few, as the music is so ferocious and primal that it boils the brain and sends a potential listener to valhalla with but a few tasty riffs. The lesson to be learned is that listening to Lich King will kill you... so don't do it.