NATIONWIDE ARENA, COLUMBUS, OH
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OPPOSING BLOG: JACKETS CANNON
Rumours of discord and dissention in the room. Rumblings of disagreements in the ownership group. You have to hand it to the Canucks. For a team that’s spent as much time as they have losing in their 52 year history, to manage a season that already looks like it could be the worst for the fans and players to have to endure is a remarkable accomplishment. This is coming from someone who remembers the Bill LaForge experiment.
Let’s be clear: It’s fun to speculate, especially in a situation like the one the Canucks find themselves in because it helps us try and understand just how things got so bad in the hands of people who got paid to put this all together. Rumours are rumours, and until there’s credible evidence of any of this stuff, it’s hard to take it too seriously.
The Canucks are up against a Columbus Blue Jackets squad that is quietly establishing themselves as a bit of a dark horse pick in the East. After the tragic death of G Matiss Kivlenieks this past summer, the Jackets seem to be on a mission, led by Kivlenieks’ goaltending partner Elvis Merzlikins, who is dedicating his performance this season to his fallen friend.
They’ve got some new faces, including Jakub Voracek and Max Domi, and they’re holding their own in a tough Metropolitan Division, and are currently holding down a wild card slot, but have games in hand on all the teams ahead of them. They’re 7-3-0 in their last ten games, and that’s also their home ice record. This could be a long night for a team as broken as the Canucks are right now.
Thanksgiving Day practice lines for the #Canucks in Columbus— Brendan Batchelor (@BatchHockey) November 25, 2021
Extras: Lammikko, Hunt@Sportsnet650 pic.twitter.com/z6BRHqJG27
Nice to see Lammikko parked in the press box. Leave him in Abbotsford on the way home, please and thank you.
GAME DAY CHATTER
“People care. I love that people are passionate about the team and the organization. I don’t really look at it in a negative way and I try to stay positive.”— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) November 25, 2021
Oliver Ekman-Larsson talks to media after today's practice in Columbus. pic.twitter.com/hUlYInbfRv
And because we could all really use a good laugh right now:
Hahahahahahooooooooly shit. That coach is high if he thinks anyone believes that.
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
Not suggesting anything, but these games are getting unwatchable sober, know what I mean? Do what you gotta do to get through em, but be safe and all that.
Enjoy the game. Or not. Go Canucks Go. Fire Benning. Sell the team, Franchesco.