Canucks vs. Blue Jackets. Riveting stuff.

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Truthfully, the Canucks’ visit to Columbus to play the Blue Jackets tonight is hard-pressed to inspire much excitement, even among the most ardent Canucks fans.

Under head coach Ken Hitchcock, Columbus is undoubtedly a better team, provided we use point totals and wins-and-losses records as our barometer of success. While still not a playoff team, the Blue Jackets are much closer this season than they have been in recent memory. More to the point, like any Hitchcock team, they are not a team you can ever expect to take two points from easily.

Unfortunately, like any Hitchcock team, the purchase price of success is exciting, offensive hockey. The Jackets are what you would call ‘well coached’, often a veiled euphemism for a team playing under a strict defensive ‘system’, sacrificing offence for impenetrability.

More unfortunately, for the average hockey viewer, the Canucks display and deploy a similar (if less rigorous) defensive system-approach to the game (as any Canucks fan can tell you). Evidently, this is not going to change anytime soon under Alain Vigneault, either.

This is long-winded way of arriving at the point I started with. This game promises to be mind-numbingly boring, if nothing else.

As a Canucks fan I can live with this, provided, of course, that we take the two points. Any neutrals finding themselves watching the game, however, will not be so fortunate, I am afraid.

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6 Responses to “Canucks vs. Blue Jackets. Riveting stuff.”


  1. 1 Emmett January 15, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    I’m not sure how exciting the game was, particularly since the Canucks lost. I’ve been meaning to ask you, however, whether you miss a lot of weekday games, considering you need to wake up at a respectable hour? Tonight’s 7 p.m. start is certainly more of a rarity for a ‘nucks game…

    p.s. Jose Theodore just got a shutout for the Avs, and they flashed the date of his last one. Tonight’s was the 24th of his career. Seems like a good number – but it gets put into perspective when it is pointed out that his last was Feb. 28, 2004. Almost 4 years ago! Crazy. Just thought I’d mention that…

  2. 2 RJ January 16, 2008 at 8:57 am

    As expected, it was not a terribly exciting game, particularly in the third period (after Columbus basically closed up shop).

    I do watch almost every game. I don’t mind staying up until 1 am to watch the late night games from back in Vancouver, even if it means a little grogginess at the office the next morning. It is a sacrifice I am willing to make.

    I saw that statistic about Theodore, too. Most amazing, I think, is how indicative it is of the dramatic deterioration of his play over the last few years. When he won the Hart Trophy, many people thought he would be the next Patrick Roy. I suppose his failure to live up to that billing only reinforces the importance of mental toughness. Roy had it in abundance; Theodore has little of it.

  3. 3 Paul January 18, 2008 at 3:42 am

    Rob,

    A bit dissapointed we didnt’ get a post regarding your inner battle with what team to support in the Detroit vs. Vancouver matchup. Your high school team vs. your home team. I would expect you to be a home watching the game with your Darren McCarthy jersey underneath a Toni Tanti throwback.

  4. 4 Emmett January 18, 2008 at 11:06 am

    You were a Red Wings fan in high school? What!?!

  5. 5 RJ January 18, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Yeah, I had a soft-spot for Steve Yzerman. Once he got his Stanley Cups I lost interest, though.

    It wasn’t at the exclusion of the Canucks or anything like that…

  6. 6 RJ January 18, 2008 at 11:22 am

    P.S. For the record, once the Red Wings won their cups I began to strongly dislike them(particularly after they beat the Canucks in ’02, that was the final straw).


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