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Gamethread #9: Canucks vs Senators

The Canucks try to win 2 in a row for the first time this year.

NHL: Ottawa Senators at Vancouver Canucks Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

The Canucks are a team on the rise....or are they on the many metaphors out there. Brandon Sutter had a career game, so it might be all down hill for him. I’m sorry, too much negativity. The Canucks showed moments of what this team could be and benefitted from some very sloppy Senators play. And that’s a good thing. Not just because it brings some confidence to the team that had trouble scoring goals, but also shows that they can take advantage of mistakes and have that killer instinct in them.

Now, the question is, can they do it two games in a row? Realistically, the Nucks need to win all three games against Ottawa in this series just to stay in the middle of the pack. Getting back to .500 hockey overall keeps them in a good spot to make the playoffs. The broadcast the other night pointed that every game is a 4 point game when all the games are in the same division.

I wonder how long it will be before the first line has it’s own breakout game. Almost every other line has scored, but until Petey gets going, there will still be that tension around this team.

Early game tonight to try and give team a couple extra to rest before tomorrow’s game. Sit back, enjoy some dinner and yell at the screen.

Go Canucks Go!

**On a side note and really, a bigger issue, tonight is the Canucks #HockeyTalks game. The past year has been a stressful time for everyone and the stigma of talking about mental health is still present in daily life. Taking a day or two (tomorrow is #BellLetsTalk Day) to talk about mental health is the least that professional sports can do to normalize the fact that we all struggle at times. We all give each other a hard time on here about hockey issues, but I think most of us can empathize or sympathize with each other when it comes to dealing with mental health.