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Your Morning Coffee- Friday Feb 4

Hey Chicago, how are things?  Yeah, listen... we are really glad you came by.  Just wanted to let you know that it's over.  You and Us.  Done.  Finito.  We're just not that into you.  Sure things were wild and crazy, but we've come to realize that you're no good for us.  And we are way too good to keep obsessing over you.  To be honest, we think you might need help, because you're not who you used to be.  So regardless of what happens tomorrow, it will be the last time we talk for a while.  And if for some reason we should cross paths in the spring, don't expect things to pick up where they left off last year.  We're done with you.

Worried about this game?  Really?  Shame on you if you are.  What the hell will it take some of you to realize that this team should fear no one?  Yes, they still have to prove themselves in the playoffs, but the mindset and approach to games the Canucks are taking is so fundamentally different, we really shouldn't be concerned.  Think about it: We are playing the 9th place Chicago Blackhawks.  Yet some still fear the worst.  This is not the same Blackhawks team.  And it definitely is not the same Canucks team.  Iain MacIntyre of the Province had an excellent article on how the notion this game is some kind of a measuring stick is ridiculous.  Just how many playoff teams do the Canucks have to beat to get you to realize this team is for real?  Their D core has been decimated by injuries, yet cogs come up from Manitoba and fit seamlessly into the system.  Granted other teams have had injuries worse than us, but like the Red Wings, the injuries haven't stopped them from winning.

So as much as some would like to paint this as a huge game that the Canucks must win to prove something, I call bullshit on that.  A loss to the Hawks means nothing.  Let the naysayers try and make up stuff.  This is the best damn team in the NHL, and they are not going to be defined by other teams.  They score goals in bunches, have stingy defense, and Roberto Luongo is playing some of the best hockey of his career.  And that Schneider kid ain't so bad, either. 

All in all, this is just another game where the Canucks get an opportunity to hurt the playoff chances of a Western Conference rival, and nothing more.  What happened in the past is exactly that: the past.  Yesterday don't mean shit...

  Corey Crawford starts in goal for the Hawks, and Roberto Luongo gets the call for Vancouver, coming off that 6-0 asskicking of the Phoenix Coyotes.


James Reimer is certainly making a case for himself in Toronto, as the rookie call up got his 1st career shutout, 3-0 over the Carolina Hurricanes... 3 fights in 4 seconds?  Dallas and Boston got their hate on last night, and it was pretty damn ugly.  And I liked it.  It will be interesting to see if the Bruins' Daniel Paille gets a call from Colin Campbell about his hit on Dallas' Raymond Sawada last night.  Sawada suffered a broken nose and separated shoulder on the play... Calgary won it's 6th in a row as Team Delusional continues to shoot itself in the foot when it comes to improving for the future.  Scary moment in that game as Atlanta D Freddie Meyer collapsed at center ice after a seemingly tame hit along the boards, some thought it might be related to an earlier hit, but it brought back memories of the Thrashers' G Andrej Pavolic collapsing at the beginning of the season... Minnesota continues to play well as they vaulted over the Blackhawks into 7th with a 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche.  The collapse of the Avs has been stunning when you consider they were running neck and neck with the Canucks during the first couple months of the season.  Since then they have been just brutal, led by the unspectacular goaltending of Craig Anderson... New Jersey is 8-1-1 in their last 10.  They're not gonna make the playoffs, but if they continue to play well, a lot of teams in the East will have to kiss those easy 2 points goodbye when they take on the Devils...

WAACH 'Cast's Band Of The Day- WOODS OF YPRES

This amazing Canadian band combines melodic black and doom metal influences, atmospheric and stirring tales of sorrow and loss, with a reverence for nature.  Forget descriptions though, just check these guys out.

  Check out this orchestral version of 'Allure of The Earth".  The band was recently signed to Earache Records and will release a new album soon despite leader David Gold spending time in Kuwait for work.