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We’ll Be Alright. One Day. Someday. Just Not Today: Blackhawks @ Canucks

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If you make a resurrection joke I'm throwing a basketfull of Peeps at your head.

For reference, this shot didn't go in. It just looked real pretty.
For reference, this shot didn't go in. It just looked real pretty.
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(Ed note: I realize the Province and others wrote last night about how bad Chicago used to be. I wrote this thread after the Blues game Friday night so since I touch on the same subject just didn't want ya'll to think I was copying others.)

Eight games remain between you and a welcome respite from the sport of ice hockey.

The stars are aligning...THE STARS ARE ALIGNING.

I'd point to something remotely positive about the last game, but holy hell they were flatly smothered (check the Corsi events here and hide the children). It's as if Vancouver, with all those youthful legs, forgets the game has three periods and phones the final frame in.

No one said rebuilds are fun. The Keenan teams were poor, a few of the Crawford ones as well, even the mighty AV had his share of failures (still does too!). The Torts team had 16 more points than this squad does right now and he got canned quicker than you could say "Vancouver is playing from behind." But none of them were full-blown, back-to-front wholesale rebuilds.

We're strangers in a new land here.

Take our friends across the ice. Before Chicago started winning Cups left and right, they were fiercely, comically terrible. Their previous owner Bill Wirtz defined "atrocity" and helped create such a toxic atmosphere that ESPN called the Hawks the worst franchise in sports in 2004. They had one playoff appearance between 1997 and 2007 and their current crop of All Star talent didn't start showing up until Seabrook in 2003.

Same with the Kings: they were largely an afterthought between 1993 and 2010, only making it past the first round of the post season once in that span.

How about the current Conference leaders? Dogshit since 2008.

So these skids where they can't score, can't skate, can't defend and can't drive play is part of the deal. Maybe down the stretch they can fine-tune small parts of their game shift by shift, but it's boys among men until April 30, June 24 and whenever Benning's plan (there is one...right?) gains traction.

For grin and bear it for now. Booze helps.

Human Guinea Pig Formations

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Jannik Hansen

Sven Baertschi - Bo Horvat - Jake Virtanen

Alexandre Burrows - Linden Vey - Emerson Etem

Brendan Gaunce - Jared McCann - Chris Higgins

Ben Hutton - Nikita Tryamkin

Dan Hamhuis - Yannick Weber

Matt Bartkowski - Alex Biega

Jacob Markstrom


Andrew Ladd - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa

Artemi Panarin - Artem Anisimov - Patrick Kane

Tomas Fleischmann - Teuvo Teravainen - Richard Panik

Andrew Desjardins - Marcus Kruger - Andrew Shaw

Duncan Keith - Niklas Hjalmarsson

Viktor Svedberg - Brent Seabrook

Erik Gustafsson - Trevor van Riemsdyk

Scott Darling

One Observation

Vancouver was officially eliminated with Friday's loss to St. Louis, but in reality they haven't had a better than 75% chance at the playoffs since early November. Maybe that's why this season has felt so damn long.

Fearless Prediction

See? There's that booze again.

For all the horrible trends this season, the biggest one we've known since October is the team doesn't play well at home. On their current skid against the defending Cup champions who need an easy win to get things going on their own end, you know well how this story ends.

3-0 Redskins feels about right.

But the #1 pick inches just a bit closer...#playforthis indeed.

GCG.