Sorry to disappoint, I'm not going anywhere, you are still stuck with me in Vancouver for the whole series. But Bloguin blogger buddy The Royal Half is making a roadtrip out to Vancouver for Game 2 on Saturday. For reals.
Playoff preview will be up tomorrow. But I'm assuming everyone in Vancouver knows what we are up against: The LA Kings are young. They are exciting. They are only a 1 hour flight away. They are in the same time zone as us (thank god!). CBC is carrying the games, so montages! The Canucks were shellacked last time we played them 8-3, hopefully Luongo wants to prove a point with a huge bounce back game against the Kings. Blah blah blah. We'll get into that tomorrow.
All the series' in the West look great, I am truthfully excited to catch all of them. The two day break from hockey has been long enough, I'm ready to get back into it. Bring it on Kings!
Oh and Salo says he'll be ready to play on Thursdayno comments
Before we get on all that playoff preview stuff, let's take some time to think about what we've seen this season:
- 268 goals scored, that's 2nd in the league right behind the Washington Capitals
- 9 short handed goals
- 49 wins
- Christian Ehrhoff was 3rd among defencemen in plus/minus with 36
Henrik Sedin became the first Canuck to win the Art Ross Trophy. He had 1.365 points per game.
And his brother Daniel, averaged 0.46 goals per game played and 1.34 points per game (do you wonder what could have been had he been healthy the entire season?)
Let's just take today to appreciate what a great year this was
Read these stories if you want more Canucks love:
Thursday, April 15 at Vancouver, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 17 at Vancouver, 7:00 p.m.
Monday, April 19 at Los Angeles, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 21 at Los Angeles, 7:00 p.m.
*Friday, April 23 at Vancouver, 7:00 p.m.
*Sunday, April 25 at Los Angeles, TBD
*Tuesday, April 27 at Vancouver, TBD
*Games played if necessary
Games will be broadcasted on CBC and times are in PST. Here is the full schedule of Round 1 of the NHL Playoffsno comments
With only one game left for the Canucks against the Flames on Saturday night, a game which is completely irrelevant to the playoff order in the West, the Canucks are playing for nothing. Since it really isn't up to the Canucks as to who they will end up playing in the first round the only thing about Saturday night's game that will matter to the Canucks is to STAY HEALTHY.
But even though we have no power over the order, it's still fun to look at the week ahead about who we might face off against in the first round of the playoffs. Mathematically there are only three possibilities of who we could play: Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators or LA Kings. All are winnable in a series for the Canucks, but there are still some pros and cons about preference of who we play.
All three teams are sitting at 98 points after last night, with LA and Detroit having two games left while Nashville only has one. Right now Nashville has the tie breaker between the three teams with the most wins.
Detroit Red Wings
The Wings still have two games remaining, one at Columbus and one at Chicago and have a 35% of ending up in 6th spot. In the four games played this season, the Wings have won 3 and the Canucks 1. Though they are currently tied in points, both LA and Nashville have the tiebreaker over Detroit. They are currently listed ahead of the Preds since they still have a game in hand over them.
The Red Wings are a scary team. I can't think of any fan of a Western Conference team that actually wants a matchup against the Wings. In addition to just being plain good there is also a good 4 hour flight from Vancouver to Detroit and a three hour time difference. There is also a built up fear against the Wings being a better team, regardless if they are the better team or not. The only thing 'questionable' about the Wings is really their goalie Jimmy Howard and his lack of experience. But if you've seen Roberto Luongo lately, then Howard's inexperience in the playoffs is not as worrisome as Luongo's knob of his stick lately.
Continued after the jump...no comments
Let's just get this out of the way first: he's not going to win it
That being said, Henrik Sedin has been named by the Profession Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) of Vancouver as the Canuck nominee for the Masterton trophy. The nomination was for his “perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication”. Not only did he improve in his on ice play, he and his brother donated $1.5 million to the BC Children's hospital. Really great stuff by Henrik.
Why will he not win? No it's not some east coast bias, but rather the award seems to be handed out to a player that has gone through a hardship like injury or health problem and then come back to play. And really have you read the Jose Theodore's story? So the likelihood is very low that Sedin will win it, but still it's nice for him to be recognized.
Check out Japers Rink as they trade all of the nominees as they get announced. The winner will be decided by a league wide vote of the PHWA and will be announced at the NHL awards in Vegas.no comments
Three games left and there's a Y beside our name!
What is not so woo?