And I didn't expect to read it, either. Nonetheless, the Canucks escaped Staples Center last night with a come-from-behind shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings. When they went down 3-0, I thought the game was over. Credit the Canucks for coming back, but they can't keep falling behind. I share Kent's hope that the Canucks rediscover their early season structure tonight.
Meanwhile, you knew that members of our Boomer-aged sports media would start bringing this up.
NHL fuzzy math = legit record of 1-0-4 ? Or spin record 4-0-1 ? Which is more credible re: what actually translates to strength of team?— Dan Russell (@DanRussellST) October 23, 2016
Everyone arguing apples/oranges between '92 and '16 #Canucks is correct. 4-0-1 (1-0-4 in reg) is best 5-gm record, not best start.— Iain MacIntyre (@imacVanSun) October 23, 2016
Because somehow things were always better, more legitimate in their day, right?
Derek Dorsett and Alex Burrows were both injured last night, so Jack Skille slides in for Dorsett. Since the team has 8 D and 13 forwards, one of the D will have to slot in for Burrows. Alex Biega was expected to slot in, but as I write this Nikita Tryamkin is out taking warmup.
Anaheim is home after a season-opening five game road trip during which they earned three points. Emerson Etem and Kevin Bieksa were both out for pregame skate, but neither is expected to play tonight.
Joey Kenward's game notes:
With his PPG last nite, Alex Edler now has 39 PPG's for @Canucks. That has him 16th all-time. Next ahead of him at 15? Geoff Courtnall (43).— Joey Kenward (@kenwardskorner) October 23, 2016
Finally, @Canucks are trying to win 5 of their first 6 games to start a season for 1st time since 93/94 campaign. That season began 5-1-0.— Joey Kenward (@kenwardskorner) October 23, 2016
Nick Ritchie -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Jakob Silfverberg
Ryan Garbutt -- Antoine Vermette -- Chris Wagner
Joseph Cramarossa -- Michael Sgarbossa -- Jared Boll
Cam Fowler -- Josh Manson
Clayton Stoner -- Sami Vatanen
Shea Theodore -- Kevin Bieksa
Vancouver Canucks lines:
Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Sven Baertschi
Markus Granlund -- Brandon Sutter -- Jannik Hansen
Loui Eriksson -- Bo Horvat -- Jake Virtanen
Alex Biega -- Brendan Gaunce -- Jack Skille
Alex Edler -- Chris Tanev
Ben Hutton -- Erik Gudbranson
Luca Sbisa -- Philip Larsen