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OPPOSING BLOG: ANAHEIM CALLING
If there’s one thing that writing about this team for the past 13 years has taught me, it’s that the phrase “It can’t get any worse” should only be used sarcastically in reference to the Vancouver Canucks. The team’s history is literally a cautionary tale against using this sentence, because it always gets worse.
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the Canucks gave up seven goals again last night. Sure, Vegas got a lot of help from the officials and Tyler Myers, but this is what happens to bad teams. And they are bad. Fundamentally flawed to the point that there should be no one out here who can credibly say this season can still end up the way Jim Benning assured us all that it would. The Vancouver Canucks have no business whatsoever making the playoffs, and if not for the Seattle Kraken, who look very much like a new franchise should, they would be the worst team in the Pacific.
I think they’ve reached the point now where firing Green is in all likelihood a done deal if they don’t come out of Anaheim with a win tonight, but what is that going to prove? Is there someone out there that is going to take this team and turn things around? I wish I had that kind of optimism, but cheering for this team since 1973 has utterly beaten it out of me. I do know that the architect of this atrocity has to go, and this team needs to be blown up. Now, not next week, right now.
And after two games where they got outscored 14-5, their reward is the second game of a back to back against the hottest team in the NHL. The Anaheim Ducks are looking more and more like they’re ahead of schedule on their rebuild of sorts, nipping at the heels of Edmonton and Minnesota for first place in the Western Conference. And this well-rested Ducks squad will be facing a team that is playing their third game in four nights, having been absolutely pasted in the first two.
This game is probably gonna be a blowout, but it wouldn’t be a total shock if it were the Canucks who came out on top, simply because this feels like one of those “can’t lose” games teams lose all the time. It also feels like one of those games we see a dirty hit from Ryan Getzlaf in. He’s saved a lot of his douchebaggery for the Canucks over the years, so keep an eye on him tonight.
And remember, it can and will, always get worse.
wasn’t a great night for the stripes last night in Vegas, but Ghislain Hebert one of the refs last night is working #Canucks game again tonight in Anaheim— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) November 14, 2021
The very least we can hope for is that if the Canucks are getting blown out again, Hebert will have the guts to make the call when a player hangs a knee like Ben Hutton did on Jason Dickinson in a game where they led by three goals, I guess.
Canucks projected lineup
Suspended: Tucker Poolman
Ducks projected lineup
So if this holds up, it looks like the only change will be Brad Hunt coming out and Jack Rathbone coming back in. Jaroslav Halak gets the start as expected, and naturally it’s John Gibson for the Ducks. Doesn’t appear to be any changes on the Ducks side of the ice.
GAME DAY CHATTER
"We came out harder, like we talked about after last game. I thought we did a lot of good things in the 1st and 2nd and would have liked maybe a few plays back in the 3rd."— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) November 14, 2021
️ Oliver Ekman-Larsson#Canucks | @TheProvince pic.twitter.com/Fi6W6WIdu1
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
Seems like a fitting tune given the situation. Off ‘Torn Arteries’, here’s CARCASS with ‘The Scythe’s Remorseless Swing’. Fire Jim Benning. Go Canucks Go.