Mister Sandman……Yyyyyessss?

Last Wednesday at GM Place, the Canucks were unable to score in regulation, overtime, or the shootout against the Edmonton Oilers, a team, it is worth mentioning, that is among the most scored upon in the entire league.

Needless to say, it was one of the few blemishes on the Canucks’ recent record (5-0-1 since the November 1 loss to Nashville).

Tonight, I suspect the Canucks will, again, dominate the run-of-play against the Oilers. But, this time, I think the Sedin’s actually will pad their stats and the Canucks really will win the game handily.

One thing to watch for tonight is whether AV goes with Luongo in net, rests him tomorrow night on a quick-turn around (less than 24 hours) against the Wild, and then plays him again on Friday against St. Louis. Or, does he play Curtis Sanford against one of the conference’s weakest teams tonight, start Luongo against the Northwest-leading Wild tomorrow, and then play Sanford against his old team on Friday?

There is a case to be made for the former, insofar as you save your number one goaltender the hassle of playing a game the day you arrive in Minnesota at roughly 3 or 4 am.

There is a case to be made for the latter (I think, a more compelling one), insofar as you get Sanford some action in two games (one against relatively inferior opposition and another against a team you can reasonably expect means that much more to him) that are eminently winnable without Luongo in net.

My suspicion is that AV goes with the latter strategy, though I rest this on nothing more than a hunch on my part.

One way or another, I predict the Canucks win this one 4-1. (Daniel with a pair, Naslund and Pyatt with the other two; let’s say Horcoff/Sloth scores for the Oil.)

5 Responses to “Mister Sandman……Yyyyyessss?”

  1. 1 Anonymous November 21, 2007 at 7:42 am

    Well, I guess you did get the part right about the Canucks scoring 4 goals…

  2. 2 RJ November 21, 2007 at 8:16 am

    Haha, true. I also called a Naslund goal.

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