Before we trash on ever-trashable Cowtown, can we pause and respect the life of Alan Rickman? Seriously. We have to stop losing the good ones.
...and now the good guys look to end a three game skid at home against an equally underwhelming Pacific Division foe who has bragging rights because they lost later than Vancouver did in the playoffs last season. Getting Dan Hamhuis back is a wonderful story, but doesn't solve the scoring woes so they'll look (once again) towards the recently-reunited Honey Badger first line along with Bo/Baert on the secondary to carry the rough assignments with Vey and Sutter running clean-up.
You'd glance across the ice at a Flames team that can't get anything right - short of illegally checking an official and damn it I almost got through the third paragraph without reminding you that if a Canuck checked an official and then blamed the swirling birds around his head no one would believe him and oh wait crap nevermind carry on - and assume the Canucks can take the points. But after dropping a third period lead against the worst team in the league a few nights ago, nothing is for certain. Even if Calgary coughs up more goals against. Even if their starting goalie has a worst S%. Even if both their PK and PP are somehow, comically, worse than Vancouver's.
Nothing is easy and both teams need the points to chase a post season neither really belong in at this point. So, despite all the negatives, we can at least expect a classic Hockey in Canada battle. Win/win.
Human Guinea Pig Formations
Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Jannik Hansen
Sven Baertschi - Bo Horvat - Radim Vrbata
Alexandre Burrows - Linden Vey - Emerson Etem
Jared McCann - Brandon Sutter - Derek Dorsett
Alexander Edler - Chris Tanev
Dan Hamhuis - Alex Biega
Ben Hutton - Luca Sbisa
Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Jiri Hudler
Sam Bennett - Mikael Backlund - Michael Frolik
Micheal Ferland - Matt Stajan - David Jones
Lance Bouma - Joe Colborne - Josh Jooris
Mark Giordano - T.J. Brodie
Kris Russell - Dougie Hamilton
Ladislav Smid - Deryk Engelland
1. Neither team can afford to throw out points in the woeful Pacific Division race. So who will suck less and why?
2. Will Vancouver decide to take loser point for a league-leading 13th time in OT?
3. Johnny Gaudreau is how old again? I forget, so please remind me every 30 seconds. Please and thank you.
Glancing at the wild card, the Wild are slip sliding away, Arizona is idle and both the Preds and Avs play tonight. If the Canucks can keep pace with a win, it sets up a huge game on Wednesday against Arizona who they'll be tied with. Let's pretend everyone still cares and won't lose with the eyes of a sad nation rooting for anything to root for. 3-2 Canucks win with Baert reminding Burke he ain't all that bad.
Rly. In Rickman we trust.