Speaking of injury problems


When you are intensely focused on the fortunes of your own team, it is easy to view various circumstances as somehow particular to it.

Take, for instance, injuries. The other day, I noted that the Canucks were/are hampered by a number of injuries on the blue line. By implication, I wanted to suggest that the Canucks could hardly be expected to win at the pace necessary to keep up the playoff chase when suffering from this misfortune.

The problem with this, however, is the implicit assumption that the Canucks are somehow unique in this regard. The fact of the matter is, many teams suffer from injury troubles that presumably affect their competitiveness, especially at this time of the year.

Consider, for example, tonight’s opponents: the Colorado Avalanche. For some time now, the Avs have been without their two best players (Joe Sakic and Ryan Smyth) and young star Paul Stastny. You might think this would spell doom for the Avs’ playoff aspirations, right? Wrong. The Avs have not only managed to tread water; they have been winning a lot of hockey games and now find themselves second in the Northwest division and sixth in the Western conference.

The moral of the story: injuries or not, a good team must find ways to win hockey games in adverse conditions. The Canucks have not been doing a lot of this lately.

Let’s hope Thursday’s win against Atlanta was a step in that direction, and that the Canucks defeat their Northwest rivals tonight on Hockey Day in Canada.


2 Responses to “Speaking of injury problems”

  1. 1 Emmett February 9, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Go Avs (especially since the Habs got destroyed tonite)…

  2. 2 RJ February 10, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Yeah, that sucked.

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