Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The return of Luongod: Canucks-Coyotes preview / updated all day

I'll take the cautious approach. Roberto Luongo is either going to return and
a) save the skins of a mediocre team through insane saves
b) inspire the team to play better for a whole 60 minutes
c) look rusty in his return and the team continues to suck

I'll have any Canuck updates prior to the game against the Coyotes, like the possibility of Wellwood sitting out this one for example. Until then, I put together a few Photoshop images that I think capture the day and the moment. Enjoy.


Sami "Glass" Salo will not return to the lineup just yet. He practiced with the team and could make his return this weekend against Columbus.


It appears Wellwood may sit this one out, as the struggling center has cooled off considerably in recent weeks. (Yes, I am dealing with the fact that he isn't Superman after all, even though he could be).


Luongo said all the things a true team captain would say after practice today:

“We win as a team and I am not going to come in here and win a game by myself,” Luongo said. “We need 20 guys to play as a team and play well. That is the way we always won here and that’s the way it is going to be from here on out.”
Ryan Kesler, who looked visibly pissed off after the loss to the Devils echoed Luongo's sentiments:
“I don’t care who we have in the net,” said centre Ryan Kesler. “We could have had a brick wall in there lately and we still would have lost. We have to be better defensively and with Louie coming back, obviously it’s going to help. But we still have to be better defensively in front of him.”
You tell 'em Kesler. If this team doesn't respond now...


- Curtis Sanford not-so surprisingly cleared waivers and has been assigned to Manitoba.

It sounds more and more like this team is raring to go tonight. Demitra talked about his demotion and promotion to Sundin's line today:
"Obviously, I wasn't happy about it," said Demitra. "But you have to get focus, get mad and be ready to play. Mats was the reason I came here, because of the rumours during the summer that he was going to be here. All my life, I was playing with one guy all year, and Mats is going to make hockey so easy.

"He has shown for many years that he's a top player in the league because he's got that big body and he's tough to get a puck from. He has great vision and can find you -- so it's going to be nice to play with a guy like that. And you just need to get chemistry going."
More on that here. OK, so does what Demitra said make him look like a tit or what? Fine, Gillis dangled Sundin in front of him to get Demo here, but that isn't the point. What's this garbage about him "playing with 1 guy all year?" How about you just do your damned job and you'll EARN a scoring role!? Demitra has done nothing to deserve any "royal" treatment from a coach. Lose the fucking superstar attitude, man. You are not a superstar!
Is he going to sulk if he fails on Lines 1 or 2 in the future and gets put on a different line? I just detect a lousy attitude from him and it re-enforces my point that the guy is a gutless puke. Go out there and earn your damned paycheck! Jesus. We don't need this kind of shit right now, putting it bluntly.

Line combos for tonight:

Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Taylor Pyatt

Pavol Demitra-Mats Sundin-Jannik Hansen

Alex Burrows-Ryan Kesler-Steve Bernier

Darcy Hordichuk-Ryan Johnson-Mason Raymond


From CDC:
The Canucks will want a strong start against the Coyotes. Vancouver is 14-0-2 when leading after 2 periods and 17-6-4 when they score first.
Well there you can see the problems of late. They have not been leading after the second period all that often and are not scoring first enough.

The Canucks will now try to avoid losing six in a row at home for the first time since Nov. 3-18, 1978.


Remember the last time the Coyotes came to town? Yeah, we won 1-0, but local boy Kyle Turris was benched by Gretzky, causing a bit of controversy. Tonight, Turris will play in front of his friends and family.

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At January 15, 2009 at 1:06 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

I'm not quite sure what to make of Demitra's statement. I think maybe he just meant that he has never gotten the chance to play with a player like Sundin.

How can Viggy possibly justify scratching Wellwood and not Pyatt? Look at the numbers! The only possible reason is that Pyatt is a big body, and Wellwood is a hobbit. For shame, Alain, for shame.

At January 15, 2009 at 2:01 p.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

No, Wellwood has dried up offensively. Pyatt may not be scoring, but he is showing a lot of hustle plus a better 2-way game.
Poor Woody..

At January 15, 2009 at 3:58 p.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

Oh, and Demitra is a fucking douchebag. He thinks he should play with Sundin all year because throughout his career he has played with a skilled player.
Fuck him. You watch..if he fails with Sundin he'll pout his way out of town. He is a gutless swine.

At January 15, 2009 at 5:36 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

Raymond should be scratched before Wellwood, imo.

I just hope I'm not craving a triple wiser's n coke by the 5 minute mark of the first period. It'll mean we're losing and Luongo has let in the the first two shots he faced.

At January 15, 2009 at 7:23 p.m. , Blogger Jeanshorts And Baggedmilk said...

One goal on one shot. I know he's rusty, but, come on.

-signed an Oilers fan living in Vancouver.

At January 15, 2009 at 7:28 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

Well, that's in keeping with his usual style. How many times has he let in the first shot? It's gotta be at least 15 as a Canuck over the past two seasons.


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