Someone told me the Canucks played last night, but I don't even remember seeing anything about it. So with that in mind *ahem*, let's focus on tonight, shall we? The Canucks head into Chicago to take on a team that has very much looked like defending champions. They've not even blinked having to roll with their 3rd string goalie in Antti Raanta (Seriously, you guys can't draft a goalie named Dave or Jim? Caman...), and the usual cast of Hawks stars have been full value. We spoke with Michael Devine of the Hawks blog 'Cheer The Anthem' about tonight's game (which is blogger speak for 'hey buddy, help me out by writing my post for me'), who's a great guy if you can overlook his crippling Irishness.
I believe the Stats guys when they say that Colorado are due a serious regression. A lot of their numbers are unsustainable and hopefully their POS woman-beating goalie will be in a cell or on a plane back to Russia soon. But, having said that, they've banked a hell of a lot of points already this year due to that hot start and that will provide a bit of a cushion. The Wild are a decent team but still a little way off. They're also overly reliant on Josh Harding and, sadly, his condition is very, very unpredictable. If he misses time, they're in big trouble because Backstrom is terible and Kuemper is nowhere near NHL ready yet. So I fancy Minnesota to be duking it out with Dallas around the Wild card slot. but it wouldn't surprise me if both Wild Cards came from the Pacific.
It's looking like Eddie Lack will indeed get the start tonight, but with no pregame skate or media availability we won't know for sure til the team makes it official. With Luongo starting last night, this would have been his scheduled start, so it's not likely Tortorella will deviate from the routine. After tonight, the Canucks return home for a Sunday date of note: the first appearance in Vancouver by the Winnipeg Jets. No, really. So get ready for a ton of articles about that will go "something something Dustin Byfuglien" as though anyone even thinks he's a factor anymore. And finally, I also got asked some questions about tonight's matchup so you can check those out at Cheer The Anthem and The Committed Indian.
KICKASS METAL TUNE OF THE DAY
A doubleshot for you today: One Christmas tune, one not so much... Our Merry Metal Xmas banger is from Sweden's Amon Amarth, with Viking Christmas. Here's hoping it brings a big game from Dank & Hank!
The second one is a great Lich King track off their last one 'Born Of The Bomb' called 'We Came To Conquer'... Enjoy the game, everyone!
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