Thursday, November 08, 2007

Canucks-Flames Preview

A couple of quick notes:
-Jeff Cowan's hip-flexor injury is more serious than expected. He may now miss a month.
-The Naslund-Twins line should stick for tonight. Hopefully they find the same successs as they did against Colorado.
-Did you know that Salo's injury involved sugery where doctors had to put 2 plates in his face? The guy may need Botox.

What a stupidly long layoff the Canucks have endured. They handed Colorado their butts on Saturday night and had to wait 5 days until tonight, when they play the Flames. I think Kesler said it best in his blog:

It’s actually kind of painful having to wait so long between games. I’d rather play everyday or play nine games in 16 nights than have one game every week.

We'll see how much rust is shown after such a long layoff.
The Flames have waited 3 days to play, and they are in the midst of a 3-game losing streak, having lost their last 3 games by the same scores: 4-1.
So what to expect tonight? I really don't have a clue. Fast-paced, hard-hitting, rough-necked hockey. We squeaked past the Lames 4-3 in OT on October 6 of this season, and I would expect much of the same tonight....provided the Canucks can carry any momentum and lessons learned from the Colorado game which seems like an eternity ago. The Flames are a quick team and need to be kept to the outside and the Nucks will have to take it to them early.
If Vancouver comes out slow, they will probably get burned.
I say 5-4 Nucks in a nail-biter.

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At November 8, 2007 at 10:02 a.m. , Anonymous Matt said...

Well Calgary has lost 3 games in a row by 4-1. So I'll say Canucks 4 Flames 1.

Or maybe it'll be Flames 4 Canucks 1.

Either way I'll be working so I can't watch it. :-(

At November 8, 2007 at 11:49 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Dang! You are going to miss a beauty! You need digital satellite so you can record it!

How about that Owen Nolan punk hey? DEMOTION.

At November 8, 2007 at 3:20 p.m. , Anonymous Matt said...

Um yeah. No kidding. The joke on the flames message board these days is "How many times did Nolan almost score tonight?" The talk around town this week is that Calgary isn't a elite team (no kidding) and maybe the fans have too high expectations. I think if this team is not going to win the cup, why have guys like Nolan, Conroy, Nilson and Yelle in the lineup. These are they types of leadership guys you need in the playoffs, but if the team isn't good enough to make a run, why keep em around? They're all playing crappy add little to nothing. I think they should get rid of them and bring up some kids from the minors.

At November 8, 2007 at 3:37 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I am suprised at Conroy's futility. He fit in so well a few years back...

I would never knock Yelle. That guy's got heart and is a great 4th liner.

At November 8, 2007 at 11:00 p.m. , Blogger Rogene said...

Ahahaha...caught the 3rd period on SopCast. The wonders of the internet...


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