Thursday, November 20, 2008

Canucks feeling Minnesota?

I know Pavol Demitra is going to play inspired against the Wild because they are his former team. But how about the rest of the team? That was a pretty spirited game against the Rangers and now the next night they have to play in Minnesota. Brutal. I wonder if they'll have their legs going right off the hop tonight.
The last game the Wild lost was on November 8th against the Canucks. A 2-0 score. Luongo had his 3rd straight shutout. However the Wild have won 3 straight since then over Phoenix, Columbus and Pittsburgh. They outscored their opponents 9-3 in the process. Yes the Wild are rolling. But over the past 10 games the Canucks hold an advantage. Vancouver is 7-1-2 and Minny is 6-4. That is a reason why we are leading the Northwest Division right now. Yet not by much. The Wild are only 1 point behind. So just how much do the Canucks want to hang onto that spot?

-I believe Curtis Sanford is playing tonight.
-I also believe it is going to be very tough for the Canucks to put a solid 60 minute effort out after just having played in New York last night.

ALL ABOUT WOODY

A movie you would never get sick of watching...

No question, it would be Forrest Gump

Last place I’d ever be seen...

McDonald’s
There is a great little Wellwood interview at Canucks.com. I never knew his fave player was Mogilny. I also never knew why he wears #42. Head over to CDC to find out more.

BAUMER CALLED UP

According to TSN the Canucks have recalled Nolan Baumgartner from Manitoba today.

NO GABBY
Marian Gaborik will miss tonight's game due to a lower body injury. He has missed 14 straight games already as trade rumors run rampant.

TRAPPING WILD NOT SCORING MANY GOALS
Andrew Brunette would like to see more players scoring goals, but the team is also happy with their great start to the season regardless of that. Minnesota Star Tribune.

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4 Comments:

At November 20, 2008 at 3:14 PM , Blogger KevinV said...

Sean - I thought you might enjoy this from the G&M hockey blog:

Did the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs mean more to Kyle Wellwood than your garden-variety victory?

Darn right it did.

Wellwood, a former Maple Leaf, was so amped for this game that he broke with character and became a rah-rah guy in the Canucks' pre-game dressing room.

“This is a game that I was trying to get guys hyped up for in the dressing room,” said Wellwood, who would not provide specifics but did admit that he is normally the quiet guy in the corner locker before most games. “I was just trying to show as much enthusiasm as possible.”

Asked if he had done that before, Wellwood said he hadn't. Asked what prompted the burst of personality, he said his teammates were ribbing him about his close relationships with Leaf players and reminding him not to take it easy on his old mates.

“Tonight was a special case. They were giving me a hard time before the game,” Wellwood said. “It was a fun atmosphere before the game.”

Wellwood, waived by Toronto in June, then went out and scored the opening goal of the game on a set face-off play with Pavol Demitra. Even sweeter, Wellwood won the draw against Matt Stajan, his old buddy from the Leafs and from junior hockey.

“That was definitely a nice goal to get,” Wellwood said. “You know, I went out to eat last night with Stajan and to get one on him, off the draw, was pretty comical for me.”

 
At November 20, 2008 at 4:02 PM , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

Great story! Thanks, Kevin!

I'll probably post this tomorrow and link to you. Wellwood rocks.

 
At November 20, 2008 at 7:29 PM , Anonymous Kyle said...

haha Dude, you are still going to win that Demitra bet....but he's gonna make you sweat about it.

 
At November 21, 2008 at 7:34 AM , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

Every time Demitra gets a point I think about Golbez and the bet....
I'm now only half confident that I will win that bet and it's eating me up inside :)

 

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