Game Preview: Canucks vs. Avs


After the game between Vancouver and Colorado tonight, we Canucks fans will have a clear indication of the prospects for playoff hockey this spring.

If the seventh place Canucks lose (especially considering the dismal, pathetic effort against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday) to the eighth place Avs (for the second time in a week), I dare to say they will not make the playoffs.

If the Canucks win, I am certain that they will make the playoffs.

Why the certainty? I think that this is the type of game that traders in sports cliches like to call a ‘statement game.’

It is obvious to anyone that watches the Canucks regularly that they have not played well in the last few games; games where the Canucks have dropped points to division rivals (Colorado), to non-playoff teams they lead 2-0 entering the third period (Columbus) and non-playoff teams who are more populated almost entirely by minor leaguers and no-namers with nothing to play for but the first overall pick in the 2008 NHL entry draft (Chicago). Moreover, after the drubbing the Canucks took on Sunday afternoon, one would expect that a team wanting to make the playoffs will respond by fighting tooth-and-nail for a victory over a team breathing down their necks in the standings. A loss would suggest the Canucks just don’t have it in them. So I would like to suggest, at least.

I have to admit, though, that I simply don’t know which scenario plays out tonight. I would like to believe it is the former. My head, coloured by my recent impression of the team’s play, is concerned that the latter may be more likely.

One thing is for certain. The Sedin twins and Markus Naslund, in particular, need to step up in a big way tonight. They have been unfailingly brutal in the last few games.

8 Responses to “Game Preview: Canucks vs. Avs”

  1. 1 Emmett March 4, 2008 at 11:01 am

    With Svatos out for the season and Smyth on the shelf for who-knows-how-long, the Canucks’ chances are much improved methinks……

  2. 2 RJ March 4, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Yes, but, unfortunately, we have the likes of Rick Rypien, Brad Isbister, Jeff Cowan, etc. NOT injured for the season. This seriously jeopardizes our chances.

  3. 3 Emmett March 4, 2008 at 11:55 am

    LOL. awesome.

  4. 4 Emmett March 5, 2008 at 1:06 am

    Hmmm… first game in a while I’ve missed (we were playing poker). But from the highlights it appeared Theodore played very well, Forsberg wasn’t overtly rusty, and the Sedins/Naslund were generally contained…

    The shot totals suggest the Canucks were at least trying… interested to hear whether you felt it was a weak effort.

  5. 5 RJ March 5, 2008 at 9:50 am

    I am reserving comment for the time being.

    Statements such as ‘not good enough’, ‘offensively handicapped’, and ‘too many jobbers employed on this team’ are about all I can muster right now.

  6. 6 H March 5, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    This team walks a fine line between winning and losing. When they are not getting puck luck, such as Leopold’s goal off of Pettinger’s skate, a loss is a certainty. Simply put, with their lack of offense, they need to play a perfect defensive game and get all the bounces going their way to win. And if good luck is part of your game plan, you have a problem.

  1. 1 Prove me wrong « The Vancouver Viewpoint Trackback on March 6, 2008 at 11:14 am
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