T-minus 17 games to go...
Vancouver returns to Rogers where they sport an 11-16-5 record, second worst in the NHL. Who is the only sad sack of souls worse in front of their faithful than your Canucks? That would be the organization at the top of this list.
Human Guinea Pig Formations
Daniel Sedin - Linden Vey - Emerson Etem
Sven Baertschi - Bo Horvat - Jake Virtanen
Brendan Gaunce - Markus Granlund - Derek Dorsett
Alexandre Burrows - Jared McCann - Radim Vrbata
Dan Hamhuis - Yannick Weber
Ben Hutton - Luca Sbisa
Matt Bartkowski - Alex Biega
Alex Tanguay - Antoine Vermette - Anthony Duclair
Tobias Rieder - Martin Hanzal - Jiri Sekac
Max Domi - Brad Richardson - Shane Doan
Jordan Martinook - Boyd Gordon - Sergei Plotnikov
??? - Connor Murphy
Nicklas Grossmann - Michael Stone
Klas Dahlbeck - Kevin Connauton
Vancouver's power play has been nothing special this season, but came alive against San Jose's 22nd ranked PK (79.5%). Then the 15th ranked Kings (81.1%) came along two nights ago and shut that PP down completely. Now they get an injured Arizona squad who sits 26th on the PK (77.5%). So which direction are the kids headed tonight?
Water is wet and horrible. But if you freeze it you get ice which is pretty important for a sport played on ice skates, much like the game you'll see tonight: a bunch of guys skating around on the ice playing for nothing in general and, with those parameters set in their favor, Vancouver gets the win. In regulation. At home. Largely because Markstrom is amazing.
And my skull fractures accordingly.