Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Canucks/Wild Preview

First of all, center Nathan Smith has been called up from Manitoba today. Does that mean that the ever-so-crappy Tommi Santala is out? I bet Smith could hit an open net, couldn't he?
How important is this game? The Canucks (41-23-5) have to beat the Wild (39-24-7) tonight, otherwise the Wild will draw even with them for 1st spot in the Northwest Division. In the Canucks' favor, they do have a game in hand. But forget about that. Vancouver needs to rebound from their 4-2 loss to the Ducks on Sunday, a game where they failed to show up out of the gate and were more or less buried because of it. At least they showed resolve in that one and comraderie as the game went on.
These 2 teams have played eachother 6 times this season, with the Wild winning 4 of those games. Vancouver won the last meeting in a shootout, and Jeff Cowan had 2 goals. The Canucks couldn't hold on to the 3-2 lead in that one, as Kim Jonsson tied it on the powerplay. The shootout went 6 rounds until Dan Sedin turned Backstrom inside out with a great deke.
Will the Canucks equal the Wilds' speed and intensity tonight?
Can the Canucks play a strong 60 minutes at home?
Can they contain that damned Gaborik/Demitra combo? How about Branko Radivojevic, who has 5 goals against the Nucks this year?!
Are the bra's coming out in full swing? Is Cowan officialy done scoring for a while?

Tune in at 7:00 PM pst on Sportsnet to find out.

An interesting and disturbing sidenote is that the Wild get to play the Oilers 3 more times in their last 11 games after tonight (we play them once). Why does that matter? Because the Oilers are looking more like Coilers than Spoilers. That may not change, as the Oils are in a massive losing skid.
We HAVE TO win tonight, and I say we will: 3-2 in OT. Luongo is going to have to be Luongod tonight. Any other guessers out there?




At March 13, 2007 at 3:16 p.m. , Blogger Dr. C said...

5-3 Nucks in regulation. Jeff Cowan scores no goals, but rips Pavol Demitra into three pieces and eats his liver with a nice Chianti.

You heard it here first.

At March 13, 2007 at 3:55 p.m. , Blogger Jenny said...

I'm hoping for a 4-2 win in regulations !! :D we do not want to give the wild a point tonite, let alone two !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

we need to win !!!!!

At March 13, 2007 at 3:58 p.m. , Anonymous Rod said...

3-1 for the Canucks after an empty net goal late in the third period after a lot of pressure by the Wild. Luongo will stand on his head to save this game for the Canucks.

At March 13, 2007 at 4:19 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

You 3 predict 2 goal differences! Isn't that uncharacteristic of the Canucks this year? Then again, that hasn't been the case quite as much recently, has it...ok, nevermind.

At March 13, 2007 at 4:51 p.m. , Anonymous matt said...

4-1 Wild

At March 13, 2007 at 5:25 p.m. , Anonymous Temujin said...


We'll all be talkin' like ye pirates t'nite!


6-2 Canucks
Naslund(2), Morisson, Burrows, Bieksa, Fitzpatrick

At March 13, 2007 at 5:27 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

No one is picking Cowan to score, huh? Shiver me timbers!
I hope a thousand bras hit the ice if he does! It would be monumental!

At March 13, 2007 at 5:28 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Walk the plank, Matt! Arrrr! The sharks need a feeding!

At March 13, 2007 at 6:48 p.m. , Anonymous Temujin said...

I think Cowan will get his first assist of the season tonight :)

Two assists, in fact. And a fight. And a thousand bras.


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