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This Is So Bad It's Gone Past Good And Back To Bad Again: Ducks @ Canucks

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At least no one asked "what's the worst thing that could happen? yet...wait...damn it.

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Aim for the pylon.
Aim for the pylon.
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So we're all clear on the degree of suck we're staring at here:

Good grief, that's back when Mark Messier hadn't yet been steel toed out of town, Garth Snow and Felix Potvin were so putrid in net they tried throwing Kevin Weekes at the problem and offensive dynamo Donald Brashear had more goals than any single Vancouver defender.

At this rate, they'll need to figure out how to get just shy of 40 more points to stay in the playoff picture.

It's impossible for these losses not to sting. Can't beat the last-place Jackets, can't beat the last-place Leafs, can't beat the losers of eight straight and oh yeah we canned our coach Wild. Now, with ten days before what could be a monumental trade deadline for Vancouver's future, they'll have to deal with the suddenly fine we will stop sucking Ducks.

If there's any doubt left about why Vancouver doesn't deserve to be in the playoff picture, simply gaze across the ice at the team that's gone 17-4-2 since they were almost in dead last at Christmas. Or, if you prefer it in graph form:

As they rose from the dead, Vancouver (and others...still staring at you Calgary) have slid gleefully into irrelevance and, somehow, more drama.

But, hey, at least they're saying the right things.

If only good intentions counted on the scoreboard.

Human Guinea Pig Formations

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Jannik Hansen

Sven Baertschi - Bo Horvat - Radim Vrbata

Alexandre Burrows - Linden Vey - Emerson Etem

Derek Dorsett - Adam Cracknell - Jake Virtanen

Dan Hamhuis - Chris Tanev

Ben Hutton - Luca Sbisa

Matt Bartkowski - Alex Biega

Ryan Miller

David Perron - Ryan Getzlaf - Mike Santorelli

Nick Ritchie - Rickard Rakell - Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano - Ryan "Go fuck yourself" Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg

Patrick Maroon - Nate Thompson - Ryan Garbutt

Cam Fowler - Kevin Bieksa

Hampus Lindholm - Josh Manson

Simon Despres - Sami Vatanen

John Gibson

Three Questions

1. Vancouver is -10 during their five game winless streak at home. Which direction does this number go by the night's end?

2. McCann sits for Cracknell who will center a fourth line with the unlucky assignment of throwing the body around against a bigger Anaheim squad. Success or failure?

3. Etem slots in for Friesen and - for all the familiar faces on the ice tonight - a lot of the focus is on the Ducks first round pick from 2010. Will Etem factor in for the good guys or was it just a storyline to kill time?

Fearless Prediction

Ducks win by a truckload and the Auston chants continue. I somehow hate Kesler even more than I did at the start of this sentence.

But Corey Perry gets injured. And, with that, everyone on Earth wins.

Gotta take what you can get folks.