Vancouver Canucks vs Boston Bruins
Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
When: 7:00 PM PST
Where to watch: SN360, Sportsnet, NESN
Where to listen: Sportsnet650
SB Nation Game Hub
Opposition Blog: Stanley Cup Of Chowder
After dropping a pretty depressing loss to the San Jose Sharks Thursday night, the Canucks return home to take on another team playing well right now: the Boston Bruins. If you remember October (and let’s face it, October with this team seems as distant a memory as the glory days of 2011) there were 2 lopsided losses that month. One to the Flames, and the other a 6-3 loss in Boston (funny thing, the Bruins last visit to Rogers Arena ended with the same score).
The Canucks responded to that loss by winning 4 straight, and for a moment we thought that maybe, just maybe this team might be headed in the right direction. Hindsight has shown that we were stupid to think that, and deserving of ridicule. Anyway, the Canucks will probably get their lunch fed to them in this one, as if there’s something that this Boston team gets up for, it’s humiliating this Canucks squad in front of their fans.
So that means Patrice Bergeron reminding everyone that somehow he’s still probably the most underrated player in the NHL. It means Zdeno Chara still looking dominant even at the age of 87. It means being reminded that the Canucks selected Jake Virtanen AND Jared McCann over David Pastrnak. And it means that Brad Marchand is going to do something stupid, probably violent, and because the hockey gods aren’t done with the Canucks yet, it will go unpunished.
Perhaps we’ll see Philip Holm in the lineup tonight. I say perhaps because who knows what it actually takes to get into the lineup these days. Ben Hutton’s numbers have shown signs of steady improvement, yet he’s redecorating the press box with personal effects. And don’t maybe Sven Baertschi will still be too tired to play, but somehow Loui Eriksson is a guy that simply has to be on the ice.
8 Points. That’s the number of points that the Arizona Coyotes trail the Canucks. It’s probably all for naught, as no matter where the Edmonton Oilers finish, they’re going to win the draft lottery again, because life is cruel and hockey is even worse.
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
So you want a punk cover of a Tom Jones song, you say? No problem. Here’s D.O.A. with help from the Hanson Brothers (the band, not the goons) and “It’s Not Unusual”. You’re welcome.