Sometimes, you just need a bounce to get things going your way. If you watched Friday night’s win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, it seemed like the Canucks cashed in a pocketful of them. Not they were completely undeserving of the win, but they definitely had luck on their side (looking at you, Brendan Gaunce). Lucky or not, it was definitely the kind of win to give them back some confidence after a string of losses.
Tonight they’re in frigid Minneapolis, in front of what should be a crowd made up of half of the Boeser family to take on the Wild. If there were a time for he of the Golden Flow to snap out of this (don’t call it a) slump, it would be at home in front of family and friends.
After 3 1⁄2 seasons on injured reserve, Brandon Sutter returns to the Canucks lineup tonight. I know this sentence looks weird, but I consulted CDC and confirmed that yes, he is a member of the Vancouver Canucks. This saw them send Nikolay Goldobin sent back to Utica in the latest chapter of “Jim Benning really doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing, does he?”. Let’s hope for Sutter’s sake he can get through the game without losing a limb or something. As for Goldobin, it’s frustrating to see another potential asset showing signs of failure, as we once again have to wonder if it’s all on the player or the way the team manages players that need to develop.
Their opponents are coming off a big 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets last night, so there’s hope that the Canucks can take advantage of another tired team the way they did in Columbus Friday night. The win moved the Wild into a wild card spot, with 4 teams within 3 points of them, it looks like it could be a real battle in the West right down to the wire.
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
This cold weather has me feelin’ old and tired, so here’s an anthem about getting old from Irish thrashaholics GAMA BOMB