Sunday, January 18, 2009

Canucks-Blue Jackets preview: Vigneault finds the cure

-Word on the street is that Kyle Wellwood will draw back in and Mason Raymond will sit out. No confirmation of that yet.
This was quoted from somewhere at the CDC Forum:

Mason Raymond will be the odd-man out tonight as Wellwood returns to the lineup in a role on the fourth line. Raymond has scored nine goals in an inconsistent season. He definitely needs some work on his game but won't be getting that in the AHL.
Raymond has played 95 NHL games. After 80 he lost his waiver wire exemption.
"Without a doubt he couldn't clear waivers" Vigneault said. "He needs waivers to go down an that's just not an option anymore"

-Rick Nash, who has missed the last 4 games with a lower body injury is expected to play. Damn. C Jiri Novotny (upper body), C Derick Brassard (right shoulder surgery), LW Jason Chimera (groin), D Rostislav Klesla (bruised foot), and G Pascal Leclaire (ankle) are all on the injury reserve for Columbus. The Canucks will probably still be without Sami Salo. Salo tore a butt muscle when he sat down on the toilet to poop.
From the Province:
He should finally make his return tonight against Columbus.
"He's done everything in practice and it looks like he's pain free," head coach Alain Vigneault said.
Salo was coy Saturday and said his status hasn't changed.
"The bone has to be fully healed," Salo said. "You don't want to go out there if you can't do everything on the ice."

-No Pascal Leclaire. No problem. The Jackets have a potential rookie of the year in goal named Steve Mason.
-Columbus has won both games against Vancouver this year: 3-2 on December 1st and 4-2 on October 21st. Rick Nash had 2 goals and 2 assists in those games. Kyle Wellwood had 2 goals and 1 assist.
-The Canucks will play more physically, according to Ryan Kesler.
"We are going to take hard-working penalties, It’s the hooking and holding that we’re not going to take. If we play physical and take roughing or whatever, a punch in the head, we’ll kill those off."
Great plan. That part has been lacking in their game. Something needs to spark this club.
-Scoring the first goal wouldn't be a bad idea either. In their last 3 losses, the Canucks gave up the first 4 consecutive goals to Phoenix, 3 goals to New Jersey and 1 to San Jose. They obviously have not held a lead in any of those games.
-Columbus is 7-3-0 in their last 10 games. They are surging. They trail Vancouver by 3 points and can gain a playoff spot with a win tonight. Oh, and they have 2 games in hand.
-Let's see if the bleeding stops tonight. C'mon guys, it's like Yoda, I mean AV said: don't!

The Canucks looked confident today according to the Province. Luongo said:
“You can’t take things for granted. Just because we’re good on paper doesn’t mean it’s going to happen on the ice. Look at Pittsburgh, they have the league’s two leading scorers and they’re not even in a playoff spot. We have to work hard, we have to play hard and we have to play smart. All those things translate into success. We can have the best team on paper, but if we don’t put it together on the ice, it’s not going to happen. “

We are going to turn things around, and when we do, there is going to be a lot of excitement in this city.”

TV: Sportsnet Fan Zone Live Blog can be found here. Several fans have been granted media passes for this as well as Canucks practices. This is a great thing for the organization to do and so far it is going very well, increasing the trust and relationship between the organization and bloggers.

Just saw this image at CDC under the name ramirez inc:

Beauty! ABC! Easy as 1-2-3! The big difference here is that I don't see one of the Swedes turning black or opening up a kid park.

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At January 18, 2009 at 1:08 p.m. , Anonymous Nucker said...

Can't shake the image of Sami Salo squatting on the pot. I'll never see him the same way, thanks to you. It was good for a BIG laugh.

Beyond your blog, there ain't much laughing to be done. Does anyone else feel a little tense today? Anyone else looking at the clock with dread?

Caught a bit of the Flames/Coyotes game last night. Some satisfaction in watching Calgary scramble. (Looked vaguely familiar.) And some comfort in watching another team fall to the dogs. Unfortunately, it also put them ahead of us. Bugger!

Thanks for the great blog, Sean. Glad I found it.

At January 18, 2009 at 2:58 p.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

I watched that game too. The Flames were a bit distracted I heard. But at least threw a shitload of pucks at the net.
Notice how calm and composed the Coyotes looked though?
It may take the Canucks a bit to get back to that. If Louie hold sthe fort tonight we could be fine.
It's the Sharks game that makes me more tense. Thankfully that game is on the road. The Nucks need to get away from the quiet and tense GM Place. The fans there mostly wait for the team to fuck up.
You don't see that as much in Alberta, for example. Or at least it doesn't come across that way on TV.

At January 18, 2009 at 5:52 p.m. , Blogger Billy said...

Depends on what team in Alberta your watchin.A lot of Edmonton fans have pretty much written off the team yet again for the year. Another development year AGAIN I suppose.

Anyways, 1-1 after 1. Funny thing to, I turned on the game and BJ's scored within 5 secs or so. Maybe its me thats causin them to screw up :)

Hopefully tonight the slump ends, i'm still confident in this team, and thus predict a final of 3-2 in OT.

At January 18, 2009 at 5:58 p.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

I say their confidence level still depends on who scores next. At the same time I can see more resiliency. Oh, and Calgary is losing 2-0 right now. haha


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