Orcas kill sharks, right?

Apparently, Orca whales, when pressed to do so, are capable of overpowering and killing fiercely predatorial Great White Sharks.

I, for one, think this bodes well for the Canucks’ season opener at GM Place tonight against much-favoured (indeed, oft-favoured) Stanley Cup contenders, the San Jose Sharks. Why? Well, we all know that what happens when encounters in nature are invariably replicated in artificially re-created battles between combatants in the arena of sports. The Tigers will always beat (kill) the Blue Jays. The Bears will always beat the Eagles. Actually, come to think of it, do bears really ever encounter eagles? Nevermind, the point is more or less accurate.

At any rate, the Canucks are going to win the opener tonight. Let me tell you honestly the reasons for this bold predicition:

– Roberto Luongo.

– Mason Raymond is the most talented player to play with the Sedin’s since Trett Klatt…er, ever. Expect big(ger) things from this line in 2007-2008. (In related news, Taylor Pyatt will revert to being a 10-goal per season cement block parked in front of opposing nets, plying his trade on the bottom two lines.)

– The Canucks have the best defensive corps in the NHL, and the Sharks are nothing if not an explosive offensive team. That is to say, shutting down the offence means you effectively defeat the Sharks.

– Did I mention this guy?

Go ‘Nucks.

3 Responses to “Orcas kill sharks, right?”

  1. 1 Emmett Macfarlane October 5, 2007 at 9:55 am

    You’ve repeatedly asserted that the Canucks have the best defensive corps in the league.

    First, this remains to be seen (obviously).

    Secondly, and more importantly, what will be the evidence for this? Total goals-against in the season? This won’t work – because we can’t distinguish the strength of the Canucks defense against the strength of its goaltending, which I admit is already among the best in the league.

    In fact, if the Canuck’s DON’T end up with the best defensive stats in the league, you would have to admit either its defensive corps or Luongo are not the best.

  2. 2 RJ October 5, 2007 at 10:03 am

    I suppose.

    I base it mainly on my assessment of (a) goaltending, (b) the defence corps as a collective group, and (c) what each defenceman brings to the table individually.

    As far as that goes, the Canucks really are head-and-shoulders above any other team in the league. When Aaron Miller is your #6 guy, you do not have much to worry about as far as I am concerned, at least.

  3. 3 Emmett Macfarlane October 11, 2007 at 8:46 am

    Suddenly, it appears they do have a little something to worry about… 8-2???

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