Monday, October 13, 2008

Canucks-Capitals Preview

The Canucks cannot access the MRI's on Bieksa's leg today but Vigneault did say:

"We put him on IR and hopefully he'll be back some time later this week," Vigneault said.
"It's the scenario that, according to (the team doctors), it's a mild MCL sprain."
So that is good news, or, better than I expected it to be. Shane O'Brien will take Bieksa's spot. That's a good thing. Let's see what O'Brien can do with more ice time. He doesn't have the same offensive flare as Bieksa, but judging by what I saw from him after Bieksa injured himself in game 2, he is a steady defenceman who makes good passes coming out of his own zone. He is quite aggressive and gets in passing lanes effectively, especially along the boards.
Oh yeah, and he's mean.
Rob Davison is in for his first regular season game as a Canuck.
What could be a better Thanksgiving gift from our Canucks than for them to shut down Ovechkin and the Caps and beat them down? Amazingly, the Canucks continued to keep Jarome Iginla off the score sheet in the 2 games against Calgary. That is an impressive feat. Imagine how frustrated Ovechkin would get if we shut him down.
The Caps are 1-1 to start the season. Their win came at home. 8 goals for and 9 against. They allowed 7 against Atlanta in their season-opener. The Canucks have scored 11 goals and only allowed 4 in their first 2 games. 11 damned goals. These are good times.
How about Daniel Sedin being named 1st star of the week in the NHL? 2 goals and 3 assists in 2 games will do that to you. Nice work.
The Capitals are a less physical team than Calgary. But their skill up front is sick. And Mike Green has arrived as a points-scoring defenceman. The Canucks may counter by dressing Kyle Wellwood tonight. Darcy Hordichuk may sit. Makes sense.
I don't want to see a lot of Washington power plays tonight. Apparently they've been putting Ovechkin at the point with Green. That's potent. No thanks. Hope the Canucks stay disciplined.

Prediction? 3-2 Canucks.

Judging by what Caps coach Bruce Boudreau said today, he wants his team to buckle up defensively. Washington can play that way. So can we.
Should be a great game.

Time: 4:00 PM PST
TV: Canucks PPV or on an NHL Center Ice channel for free.

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At October 13, 2008 at 1:15 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

Holy Crap. Alexei Cherepanov is dead :-0 Jesus H. he was only 19 years old.

Uhh, Go Canucks Go?

At October 13, 2008 at 2:33 p.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

What's with a kid dying at a hockey game? You wouldn't expect this kind of thing with such a young player.

At October 13, 2008 at 2:46 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

I keep checking around for more info. It almost sounds like something similar that happened to Jiri Fischer a few years back. His heart went haywire, and the medical staff at the arena in Russia didn't have the proper defibrulators. Good God how horrific.

How are the Rangers going to fare tonight?

Oh, and where are you watching the game?

At October 13, 2008 at 3:09 p.m. , Blogger Joe Frazier said...

This game is on VS-HD. Here in oregon anyway. Awesome.

At October 13, 2008 at 3:18 p.m. , Blogger KevinV said...

Alright, another Oregon Canucks fan!

And then there were two.

Man, terrible news on Cherepanov. This seems to happen 1 or 2 times a year in sports..young, healthy man, no apparent problems, then..boom, lights out. Nothing to do but shake one's fist at the heavens at the injustice of it.

At October 13, 2008 at 3:19 p.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

Jin: I thought the defribs were still being investigated.

I'm watching the game here on HD NHL TV like Frazier said! Come on down.

At October 13, 2008 at 3:32 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

Can you believe my roomate doesn't have adobe flash on her computer? To hell with it, I'm downloading it for her, hahaha! It's always easier to ask forgiveness than permission, right?

Brent Johnson is starting in net for the Caps. I sure as hell hope we don't run into a "hot backup". Damn, the Caps need a goalie in the worst way.

At October 13, 2008 at 4:19 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

Tom Larscheid just said "I think Alex Edler will turn out to be the best defenceman ever to wear a Canuck uniform"

A bold statement!

At October 13, 2008 at 4:48 p.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

Ooo. Bad period by Vancouver. Those Capitals are relentless. What were the shots..10-2?

Wellwood was stinky. At least Demitra has company now. See that big vein on Pavol's head? That must be where his one brain cell floats around.

At October 13, 2008 at 4:49 p.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

This is where our road schedule sucks. Hopefully the Canucks can wake up.


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