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Ever Cross The Road And Look The Wrong Way?: Canucks @ Flames

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If there's anything left that resembles pride for Vancouver, may as well play for that now.

We all may need face shields before this season is over.
We all may need face shields before this season is over.
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In what could have been Vancouver's final grasp at embarking on an improbable sprint towards the wild card spots, on a night that could have quelled whispers about the coach's job or the comical scrutiny of management tinkering with hockey operations, on an evening where many of the players said the right things, against a team at the end of a seven-game road trip that spanned 1,300 miles and four time zones who iced their back-up goalie to boot...this is what happened.

Just four Vancouver players ended up above the water for driving possession and three of them are the first liners who were largely rendered ineffective by Ryan "go fuck yourself" Kesler. This is as much of a result as the Ducks playing extremely well as it is Vancouver playing extremely poorly.

If that's how a rested team at home responds to the mounting adversity against them on and off the ice, let's focus on the only thing that matters now: keeping Hamhuis and Vrbata healthy until they're out the door. Then turn the attention to promoting Shinkaruk from Utica to calmly ride the rest of this storm, giving Thatcher Demko anything he damn well wants and swagger out of a highly successful NHL draft in June like a boss.

As for tonight, I guess you call it playing for pride - or what's left of it - against our playoff pals who are jumping off the cliff too. Calgary has lost three straight. Karri Ramo is gone. Their defense is thin as hell with Ladislav Smid injured and Dennis Wideman being an idiot. Up front the Flames first line (Hudler/Monahan/Gaudreau) have torched Vancouver to the tune of 11 points in three games so far this season. Conversely the Canucks are, somehow, 5-1-2 when they play the second half of a back-to-back to season.

I hear pride comes before the fall, but what if you're already falling?

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

Jacob Markstrom

Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Jiri Hudler

Micheal Ferland - -Mikael Backlund - David Jones

Joe Colborne - Sam Bennett - Michael Frolik

Markus Granlund - Matt Stajan - Josh Jooris

Mark Giordano - TJ Brodie

Deryk Engelland - Dougie Hamilton

Jakub Nakladal - Ladislav Smid

Jonas Hiller

Two Questions

1. Hiller has let up 12 goals in the past three games. Vancouver hasn't scored more than three since a 4-2 win against Boston in late January. Which gives first?

2. How old are we saying Sam Bennett is again?

One Observation

This is why trying to predict what a team will do in September is very, very, very stupid.

Fearless Prediction

This skid has to stop somewhere and Calgary seems like a fine place to slam the brakes on.
3-2 Canucks in OT. Remember when we use to bitch about the OT frame? Beggars can't be choosers.