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OPPOSING BLOG: MILE HIGH HOCKEY
I am sure that for some of you, giving a shit about this godforsaken hockey team right now is the least of your worries. And if you’ve been affected by the storms in BC these past few days, our hearts go out to you. If you are paying attention, tonight’s game is definitely must-see tv, but the game itself isn’t the reason. If you’re in BC, maybe get in on the 50/50 tonight, proceeds are going to flood relief efforts, and as we’ve seen from the shocking videos and pictures, a lot of people are going to need help.
All proceeds from tonight's 50/50 will be designated to support flood relief efforts in Abbotsford, Fraser Valley, and throughout British Columbia.— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) November 18, 2021
We are a strong province, and together we can help out our neighbours who need it most.
DETAILS | https://t.co/XtBDCfHybO pic.twitter.com/f0c6GwYLaV
A lot of people will be watching for the fan reaction as the team returns home after an utterly disastrous road trip that saw them outscored 19-6, their hopes of a playoff return that was all but guaranteed by GM Jim Benning, now pretty much dead in the water. It may not happen right out of the gate, but I think it’s safe to assume Colorado scoring first tonight is going to provoke some feelings in the crowd. And after yesterday’s meeting between Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini and Jim Benning and his crew, which resulted in absolutely no action whatsoever, another loss will not sit well with a fan base that has seen this team stumble from first to worst over the last decade.
The Avalanche seem to be recovering from a stumbling start, inspite of the injuries they’ve faced so far. They lost JT Compher for at least a month (concussion) thanks to a Bo Horvat elbow, on top of already having Nathan MacKinnon out of the lineup. Other players are stepping up to fill the void, like D Samuel Girard, who had a four point night in a 6-2 win over the San Jose Sharks Saturday night.
This is what nhl.com says is likely to happen. Not that it matters...
Avalanche projected lineup
Scratched: Kurtis MacDermid
Canucks projected lineup
Lotto line is reunited. D pairs shuffled. Demko in goal. Will any of this make a difference?
GAME DAY CHATTER
Coach Travis Green addresses the media after Tuesday's practice. pic.twitter.com/V4X6FLTbHK— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) November 16, 2021
“We have to dictate. We have to be ready to go. Fight for each other. Starts with us in the room.”— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) November 16, 2021
J.T. Miller on tomorrow's game pic.twitter.com/POxFUNfrvY
"I do put pressure on myself to play well. To lead by example on and off the ice."— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) November 16, 2021
Bo Horvat speaks to the media after Tuesday's practice pic.twitter.com/OagcHnjyzi
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
Fuck it. Let’s get stupid. It’s never gonna change, so have a beer and either find a team that doesn’t suck, or join us here in misery, year after year.