CANUCKS NEWS: Not even the most optimistic Canucks fan likely had them down to finish this road trip at .500, but that’s the worst they can do as they play the 6th and final game of their first Eastern swing tonight against a Western Conference opponent, the Winnipeg Jets.
The Jets haven’t come out looking quite as dominant as they did last season, but they’re still a beast at home, and if there’s a game where you might wanna bet against the Canucks, it’s gonna be this one. That being said, this entire trip has been a pleasant surprise in terms of how the team is taking a very workman-like approach to each game, and while there’s still a lot that they need to improve, there’s definitely a difference between this year’s squad and last.
Just how good are the Jets at home? Try 14-2-1 since Feb 13/18. They’ve also feasted on Pacific Division opponents of late, so I would lower your expectations for a victory tonight against a very good Jets squad.
Here’s your morning reading: First, I am probably stating the obvious here, but if you’re one of these idiots you really need to re-evaluate your life if you think that this is acceptable in any way, shape or form. All of the people using this as an excuse to “Oh, Canucks fans are the worst” can get bent, because we all know this would happen regardless of which team was involved because a) people are stupid and b) the internet is a cesspool... The Utica Comets are off to a great start (save for getting the doors blown off by Rochester last night. We’ll have a Comets update for you soon!) but this was some pretty great news from last night
Is it time to start running out of patience with Loui Eriksson? Asking for a fan base... Yeah it’s still October, and there’s all kinds of time for this to fall apart, but the Canucks play is turning heads outside of BC... A look at how Manny Malhotra is helping Bo Horvat become a better faceoff man...
AROUND THE LEAGUE: Brendan Gallagher scored with 11 seconds left to give the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 win over St Louis. Carey Price stopped 23 of 25 Blues shots for the victory. The Habs are now 4-1-1 to start the season... Alex Ovechkin notched a couple PPG and Matt Niskanen had the OT winner as the Washington Capitals handed the New York Rangers a 4-3 loss at the Verizon Center. John Carlson had a goal and 2 assists for the Caps... The Flames won again last night, with a big 5-2 win over Boston that featured this hit on Johnny Gaudreau by Charlie McAvoy.
Kinda strange how we didn’t have to wait long for a bad hit on a guy comparable size wise to Elias Pettersson, and a little ironic it came against Gaudreau given Eric Francis’ garbage earlier in the week. That being said McAvoy appears to target the head here. It may be the size difference between the two players but you can still see McAvoy’s gloves right in the face of Gaudreau. No word yet on whether DoPS is looking at this, but it won’t surprise me... And Anaheim continued their red-hot start with a 4-1 win over the Islanders last night. Ryan Kesler scored twice including the eventual winner as the Ducks moved to 5-1-1 and first place in the Western Conference.