Monday, November 13, 2006

Bourque as in Rene out / Canucks are in a tight race

Could things get any worse for Chicago this year? They have announced today that F Rene Bourque will miss the next 3-6 weeks after suffering a deep laceration to his neck in last night's game against Columbus. He was cut by Nikolai Zherdev's skate. Bourque has 4 goals and 8 points in 16 games for the Hawks this season.
Is it too early to worry about the standings? Some Canucks fans could be watching the schedules a little more closely now that the Canucks are barely in a playoff position.
I suppose we can thank Nashville for shutting out Colorado 1-0 last night. A win or OT play would have put the Canucks in 9th spot in the West. We could also thank St. Louis for soundly beating Edmonton last night, as that kept the Oilers with the same amount of points as the Nucks have, and in 7th spot.
As a bit of a sideshow, here is a quick look at the Canucks schedule, and the schedule of the teams that are around the Canucks in the Western Conference

Edmonton plays: Colorado tonight, then return home to play St. Louis on Thursday, and Detroit on Saturday.

Colorado plays: Edmonton tonight, San Jose on Wednesday, then head out on the highway to play Columbus on Friday, and Minnesota on Saturday.

Calgary hosts: St. Louis on Tuesday, Detroit on Friday, and that is it. Easy week for them.

Vancouver gets a shot at Detroit Tuesday night, and plays the Blues on Friday night, both games at home.

The current standings in the middle of the West are:

6th.....Nashville....21 points
7th.... Edmonton.....17 points
8th.....Vancouver....17 points
9th.....Colorado.....16 points
10th....Calgary......16 points

Yeesh, that is a clusterf**k if I've ever seen one.

The race is on, baby. Buckle up for a crazy ride.


At November 13, 2006 at 3:15 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

It used to be that the Canucks were supposed to score themselves out of any problems (ie goaltending woes or defensive lapses). This year it finally seemed like we had the goalie issues and defensive problems solved, but then the injury bug hit and our offensive output has gone to shi'ite.

So what's the solution? Detroit is due for a loss, and the Blues are still a shitty team. We'll finish the week 2-0! I sincerely hope Sabourin gets to start one of those games. Sure the faithful at GM Place will be pissed, but he needs to sit one out.

At November 13, 2006 at 3:44 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Yeah, the schedule for all teams involved seems to dictate uncertainty on where the Canucks will be by Sunday. They really need to win their next two for starters, rather than rely on other teams losing.
It must be a huge adjustment for the Nucks to have to play Viggy's defensive style, when they have been so used to Crawford's run and gun style over the past several years. But then again, look at the Sharks, they seem to manage.

At November 14, 2006 at 11:20 a.m. , Blogger reality check said...

Totally tasteless pic in keeping with your general mentality, JK!

For pics of the same like, I have just linked to someone who has a fondness for such throat launchings. Check out the "god" post before I come to my senses and take it down. Enjoy

The NHL schedule needs an enema big time! I'm still trying to figure out how 21 of 30 teams can play .500 hockey!!! The lucridous abomination of our national game continues on.

At November 15, 2006 at 3:38 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

There's nothing wrong with some gore once in a while! yeehaw!


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