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You Know The Difference Between You And Me? I Make This Look Good: Jets @ Canucks

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Canadian partners in hockey purgatory get together to pow wow over their hatred of this season and the new Superman movie (probably).

Hockey twister was a bad idea.
Hockey twister was a bad idea.
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T-minus 15 games to go...

The kids keep rolling, this time upsetting the seemingly unstoppable Preds this weekend. Virts looked just fine as the third Sedin, Bo proved that whole "drive to the net and good things happen" concept, Baert continues to be totally worth a second round pick and even Vrbata and Dorsett factored in on the scoresheet. And now some size is coming in with Gaunce heading back to Utica and Grenier coming up and Trymakin getting his NHL debut on Wednesday.

Of course the flip side to all this is hockey purgatory:

On a related note: screw Edmonton.
We've been calling the last few wins pushing the tank job into no man's land for a bit now, Botch is doing the same.

At this point I should probably start referencing McCurdy's sadness stat instead:
So while we're coming close to furious entry draft rosterbating season and Benning's on record saying he's looking for a cornerstone defenseman (can't imagine why) feel fee to start daydreaming of Jacob Chychrun (assuming he drops out of the top five), Mikhail Sergachev, Olli Juolevi, Jake Bean or New Westminster-native Dante Fabbro.
Potentially standing in Vancouver's way of a strong defensive pick are their opponents in misery tonight who also don't have a stand-out blueline prospect. While some of us have rooted for tank nation in recent weeks, Winnipeg (thanks to being in the Central) has been perfecting it for quite some time: they haven't had a decent shot at the post season since before Christmas and would need to roll undefeated through the end of the season to have a coin's flip shot at the post season. If the Canucks are finally to win three straight this season, the Jets would be the logical team to allow that since they haven't won in Vancouver since they were the Thrashers.

Human Guinea Pig Formations

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Jake Virtanen

Alexandre Grenier - Bo Horvat - Derek Dorsett

Sven Baertschi - Markus Granlund - Radim Vrbata

Jared McCann - Linden Vey - Emerson Etem

Ben Hutton - Chris Tanev

Dan Hamhuis - Luca Sbisa

Matt Bartkowski - Alex Biega

Jacob Markstrom

Drew Stafford - Mark Scheifele - Blake Wheeler

Mathieu Perreault - Alex Burmistrov - Marko Dano

Scott Kosmachuk - Adam Lowry - Chris Thorburn

Matt Halischuk - Andrew Copp - J.C. Lipon

Tobias Enstrom - Dustin Byfuglien

Jacob Trouba - Tyler Myers

Ben Chiarot - Paul Postma

Ondrej Pavelec

One Question

The standings and the loss of Andrew Ladd aside, Winnipeg is actually a pretty strong possession team whereas Vancouver is certainly not. Combine that with Sbisa's thought that the Jets will try and run Vancouver out of their own building and do we have a playoff-style contest between runner ups or a complete mess that the zebras struggle to control?

One Observation

Sir Ben Hutton has 23 points, third among all rookie blue-liners. Say what you will about this season, but Hutton's development has to be the small glimmer of hope that'll keep you optimistic Vancouver's rebuild won't be a car wreck.

Fearless Prediction

At this point you should really hope no rookies get horribly injured. The vets too, we love them, but honestly let's call it a win if the Canucks leave the ice with the same amount of working ACL's they had when they stepped on to it.

For the sadistic lot out there, Canucks win 3-2 in OT.