Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Lightning come to GM Place: Nucks and Bolts

Tonight's game is a rarity. The Lightning and Canucks have not played eachother for over 3 years. But both teams have a few things in common.
The Nucks and Bolts are both in tight races to hold onto their top spots in their respective divisions. The Lightning have Atlanta breathing down their necks in the Southeast Division. The Canucks have held off both Calgary and Minnesota for top spot in the Northwest since February 10. Worthy of applause.
The Lightning have 38 wins, the Canucks have 37.
The Lightning are 11-3-2 since January 30. The Canucks are 8-1-1 since February 10.
The differences between the two teams? The Canucks have a world-class goalie and the Bolts don't. Marc Denis struggled in his last outing in Florida, as the Panthers squashed them 6-2. The Canucks beat the Wild 4-3 in a super-emotional game in their last outing.
So, what to expect? No damned idea. The Canucks will have to clog up the neutral zone and not give Lecavalier, St. Louis, Richards, and Prospal any chance to get a skating game going. Vancouver is good at that. They will also have to stay the hell out of the penalty box. Tampa is a powerplay threat, no doubt, and the Nucks' PK is going south all of a sudden.

Prediction?
5-4 Canucks. We have had great success against Eastern teams this season (6-2).

Canucks Notes:

Apparently, Rick Rypien may play tonight.

Patrick Coulombe has been assigned to the Victoria Salmon Kings

It appears that Luongo and Sabourin could be splitting goaltending duties more often from this point on in order to keep Luongo fresh for the playoffs.

"I feel like I could play every game from here on in," Luongo said. "I feel good. Last year at this time, I was very fatigued mentally and physically and, right now, I don't feel like that at all. I guess the playoff drive is keeping the energy level up and the excitement going."
Sabourin could get the start in goal for the Canucks on Thursday against the Coyotes. But he could start tonight if Luongo is still suffering from the flu. Vigneault is not revealing his answer yet today.

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18 Comments:

At March 6, 2007 at 11:49 AM , Blogger Temujin said...

Dammit! A win prediction by you almost certainly dooms us :-)

I went with 6-1 on the Canucks.com forum, and I'm sticking to it.

Chants of "MVP MVP MVP" will be screamed throughout GM Place, and they will not be directed at Lecavalier. Tom Larscheid will emphatically say:

"Whoooa Shorty! You know what they are chanting... and you know who they are chanting for... it's Roberto Luongo, our MVP! HOO HOO HAA HAAAA HOOOOOO!!!!!"

 
At March 6, 2007 at 12:07 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

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At March 6, 2007 at 12:38 PM , Anonymous matt said...

6-1 for the Lightning, right? Sounds good to me.

 
At March 6, 2007 at 12:38 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I know! I should quit predicting!
OK, then I say the Lightning will win 8-0.

 
At March 6, 2007 at 12:40 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Nah, the Flames and Wild are going to lose tonight.

 
At March 6, 2007 at 12:48 PM , Blogger Temujin said...

Hey, I know we talked about this lots of times before, but I found a complete video of Adams scoring his GWG in game 5 against the Leafs in '94. Not sure if you ever found a good vid or not...

Here it is, complete with Jim Robson going batshit insane. It's the best clip of the goal I've ever seen.

Assisted by Babych and Linden :-)

 
At March 6, 2007 at 1:55 PM , Anonymous Matt said...

Those Vancouver radio guys are the worst "homers" I've ever heard. I struggled through listening to one game at work one day.

 
At March 6, 2007 at 2:02 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

No way, Matt. The Americans are much worse!!!!

Jin, I really don't want to watch that clip....ever again! :) Poor Potvin. And lousy coverage by Dave 'The Slug' Andreychuk.
Fricken rebound goals!!!

 
At March 6, 2007 at 2:06 PM , Blogger Temujin said...

Matt is finally realizing that his team is full of lack luster talent, lack laster goaltending, lack luster defense, and a lack luster coaching staff.

But don't lose heart Matt, there is plenty of room on the Canucks Wagon for you. Cross over to the Good Side! Your children's future may depend on it :-)

 
At March 6, 2007 at 2:12 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Raise your children in the training and instruction of the Luongod!

 
At March 6, 2007 at 2:26 PM , Anonymous Matt said...

Never, Never!!!! I didn't waver in my 10 years in BC and I'm not about to now. The Canucks are due for a major slump. Lets hope it starts tonight! Heck, a bad enough run of losses and maybe the Oilers have a shot at getting in again! Okay, I take that last part back. Maybe the Avs can sneak in! Luongo is due for a few Cloutier-esque games, isn't he???

 
At March 6, 2007 at 2:30 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Maybe a few, but not all at once!!!!
It's never too late to convert by the way. I'd rather be atheist than pray to the Kippergod. He lets his followers down too much!

I kid. Matt, the Flames are looking good in all honesty. And they look to be getting their road game together just in time.

I won't write Calgary off in the playoffs this year at all. As long as someone takes out Detroit and Nashville...

 
At March 6, 2007 at 2:50 PM , Anonymous Matt said...

Yeah, I hear ya. I wouldn't want to face Nashville in the first round. Detroit always seems to be knocked off by a lower seed, so they don't scare me. If the playoff started today, the Flames would meet the Ducks (again), and it would be a Canucks/Sharks matchup.

 
At March 6, 2007 at 3:01 PM , Blogger Temujin said...

Luongo is due for a few Cloutier-esque games, isn't he???

How dare you sully the good name of our saviour? I won't stand for it!

Canuck fans... JIHAD!!!!!!

The Flames are going to get "Stempniaked" tonight!

 
At March 6, 2007 at 3:33 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Yeah, the Blues don't need Tkachuk Fuck and Guerin to win games!

 
At March 6, 2007 at 4:14 PM , Anonymous Matt said...

No way! They finally won in a shootout last week. I think they're going to be gold from now on! Flames 2 Blues zeeeeero!

 
At March 6, 2007 at 10:30 PM , Blogger Jenny said...

NICE :)
COWAN = Unbelievable !

 
At March 6, 2007 at 10:47 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Damned Flames!!! Why couldn't they lose??

 

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