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:
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
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
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?
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.
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.