Dream big

A lot of the talk surrounding the Canucks dwindling playoff hopes centres on the fact the Nashville Predators (who currently sit eighth, one point ahead of Vancouver) face two weak opponents to finish the season whereas the Canucks play Edmonton (who would love nothing more than to eliminate Vancouver) and Calgary (arguably the Canucks’ biggest rival). In other words, in the Vancouver-Nashville race for eighth, the Canucks are in a position of disadvantage.

Lost in all of this, however, is another, perhaps more promising scenario for Vancouver. If the Canucks happen to beat Edmonton tonight, which they likely need to anyway to keep pace with Nashville, and Calgary happens to lose tonight to Minnesota in regulation (considering Calgary is playing almost as poorly as Vancouver lately, an eminently plausible scenario), then Vancouver would only need to defeat Calgary in regulation on Saturday night to make the playoffs (ahead of the Flames).

As a Canucks fan who has witnessed the Otto side foot in OT in Game 7 of the 1989 playoffs, the Pavel Bure OT winner in the 1994 playoffs and countless other battles between the two teams (not to mention the intense rivalry between Canucks and Flames fans), I would dearly love to have the Canucks make the playoffs at the expense of Calgary.

If you are going to dream (make no mistake, we are in dreaming territory right now), then why not dream big, right?

Go Wild. Go ‘Nucks. See you in Vancouver on Saturday night with all to play for, Calgary.

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4 Responses to “Dream big”


  1. 1 H April 3, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    Rob,

    As I say in golf, if you have hit your drive on a par 5 into the water, hit your relief ball in the water and are hitting your fifth shot from 300 yards out- at least you still have a chance at par.

  2. 2 RJ April 3, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    Haha, so you are a glass half-full guy, then?

    Remember, you are talking to the guy who breaks drivers in half after that first shot into the water…

  3. 3 oiler fan April 3, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    your “beat calgary” scenario is very intriguing. As an oilers fan i cannot bring myself to chear against them but if the canucks do win tonight (coupled with a wild win in regulation) I will be whole heartidly supporting the canucks on saturday night. I didnt realize it was possible for the flames to miss the playoffs until you mentioned it…and wow, my interest has been piqued…… calgary missing would be immensely sweet.

    rs

  4. 4 H April 3, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    RS is in the house!!!

    What are your plans for the game tonight?


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