Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Canucks/Ducks Preview

The Canucks begin a 4-game road trip tonight against the Ducks, who are now only 7 points ahead of Vancouver in the West, in 2nd place. The Ducks suprisingly have lost 5 of their last 8 in the month of February. The have lost 12 of their last 19 games since the beginning of 2007. What the hell is going on in Anaheim?
The Canucks are a different story. They have won 7 of their last 8 since the beginning of February, and 15 of their last 20 since January 1st.
The Ducks and Canucks have played twice this season, with the Ducks winning both games: 6-0 on November 9th, and a 2-1 on November 30th. The Canucks were outshot 57-44 in those 2 losses, and Luongo was pulled in the 6-0 loss. Ryan Getzlaf had 3 goals in those 2 games.
Chris Pronger, who was hit in the chin with a slapshot last night (vid), unfortunately will play tonight.
Todd Marchant is waiting for MRI results on his injured abdomen.
On the Canucks.com forum, Eklund's love child is saying that Dany Sabourin will get the start for Vancouver tonight. He is saying that he can be kicked off the forums if he (and his 'sources') are incorrect. Oh gad. I hope he's wrong. It wouldn't make sense to play Sabourin, unless they were trying to trade him, or if Luongo has a minor injury. We know Luongo isn't tired, for God's sakes!
Sabourin will play tonight.

My prediction:
Because Sabourin plays: 5-2 Ducks, Earl Sleek wins a T-shirt!
So ignore the Photoshop.... I don't trust Sabourin's skills yet!
To completely get this Sabourin thing off my chest, I still don't understand what Vigneault is thinking. Why not start him on Thursday against the Kings? It's either:
A) Luongo is nursing a minor injury
B) Luongo needs a rest (not likely)
C) Vigneault caught wind that Mike Wall is playing in goal for Anaheim (uh..)
D) Sabourin is being given a chance to prove himself. If he does, he stays. If he stinks it up bad, Nonis acquires Brian Boucher (for example) in a trade, and puts Sabourin on waivers.
E) Vigneault thinks the Ducks suck bad enough to put Sabourin in.
F) All of the above
G) Some of the above
H) I need a drink!

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At February 20, 2007 at 1:20 p.m. , Blogger Jenny said...

Lets hope they win -

you're right it doesn't make sense to start sabourin, but if they do -

lets hope the team plays great in front of him - he deserves his first NHL win at some point - doesn't he?

At February 20, 2007 at 1:34 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Yeah, but against Anaheim is really asking for alot, regardless of hte fact they suck lately.
I guess Sabourin played fairly well after he replaced Luongo in the 6-0 Ducks blowout...but....

At February 20, 2007 at 3:13 p.m. , Blogger Mike said...

Sabourin can play well, it just depends if the D gives up on him like they did in Buffalo. And Bulis for that matter!

At February 20, 2007 at 4:49 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

Besides the gamer in Buffalo, it's not like Sabourin had very much support in his other appearances. I'm not too keen on predicting the outcome of this one, but the Canucks have found ways of winning games over the past two months, so who knows? Let's go for broke and say:

4-1 Canucks

Naslund, Linden, D Sedin, Bieksa,


Either way, I'm getting an early start on the booze tonight!

At February 20, 2007 at 5:51 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

LOL! There is alot of support for Sabourin from Canucks fans everywhere on the web I see. I will not believe in him until he plays better.
Don't you think the Canucks play like shit in front of Luongo as well from time to time?
Sabourin no doubt has a confidence issue that may completely disappear after his first win. We'll see.
Until then I'll stick to my opinion. Hell, if he wins one tonight, I'll put him in the header for a week!

At February 20, 2007 at 6:23 p.m. , Blogger Jenny said...

i dont think sabourin is as good a goalie as Luongo - but then who is?

he can't be blamed 100% for the losses he has played in.

If the team plays well in front of him, we have a good chance of winning !

who knows - stranger things have happened !

At February 20, 2007 at 6:47 p.m. , Blogger jimbuff said...

off-topic: Bruins-3, Leafs-0 FINAL:)

At February 20, 2007 at 8:39 p.m. , Blogger Jenny said...

At least calgary lost - and sabourin isn't playing bad

where is the Canucks offence


At February 20, 2007 at 8:45 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I like the B's. Just not when they beat the Leafs!!

Sabourin looks alright tonight. It's amazing how many pucks squeeze under him after a shot from the side of the net though. It's making me nervous.
The Canucks are playing well in front of him, but now they aren't generating enough scoring chances.
McDonald's goal at the end of the 2nd was lousy d coverage!

At February 20, 2007 at 8:52 p.m. , Blogger Jenny said...

the goal at the end of the second came off of mitchells stick !

how frustrating is that????

At February 20, 2007 at 9:00 p.m. , Blogger Jenny said...

OKAY that naslund goal was a beauty !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At February 20, 2007 at 9:33 p.m. , Blogger Jenny said...


nice win for Sabourin!!!!!!!

finally !!!!!!!!

At February 20, 2007 at 9:50 p.m. , Anonymous Mike said...

So, Zanstorm, where are you going to find a good Sabourin pic for the blog header?

btw, Naslund looked like Naslund again tonight. Sweet.

At February 20, 2007 at 9:58 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Holy fucking shit! Sabourin gets his first win! Nice! The Canucks looked pretty confident in OT didn't they?
I'm a believer now. That was a terrific win!
Sabourin will reign in the header as soon as I find a good picture!

At February 21, 2007 at 1:08 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Alright, he's in.
A fine job by Sabs tonight. I may doubt him, but I'm glad he got the win, especially after stopping nearly 40 shots. Good stuff.


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