Wednesday, February 15, 2012

AVS GAMEDAY PRIMER: Vancouver Canucks, 2/15/12

The Good Guys: Were good enough to drag a point out of St. Louis on Saturday, falling 3-2 to the Blues in overtime. As every point is a big point, Saturday's was appropriately large, going into the building of a team who has only lost three times in regulation over the course of 31 home games. The Avs haven't played a game since Saturday, and in the interim, have seen western competitors like Calgary and Phoenix catch up to them in games played. One point tonight in Vancouver is necessary; two points would give the team a needed shot of adrenaline heading into a Friday tilt at Edmonton, when two extremely attainable points are there to be had.

Bunch Of Dicks: Vancouver leads the Northwest Division by a comfortable 14 point margin, and are only interesting during the regular season if you're looking for RAD Factor (Random Acts of Douchery). The Canucks don't become fun to watch until April and May, in the same sense that trains aren't exciting to watch until they're on a track that is built directly into a giant metal wall with "FAIL" flashing on it in enormous red letters.

We Like: Somewhat improbably, in what's been a magnificently uneven season, the Avalanche can pull within one point of a playoff spot with two points tonight. Of course, that's easier said than done.

We Don't Like: Colorado's record against their own division (Vancouver, Calgary, Larry, Moe, Curley, Shemp, and Dick Van Dyke's ottoman) is a putrid 2-12-1. For you liberal arts majors out there, that's 5 points out of a possible 30. If that number was even a marginally better 10 points out of 30, that would have the Avs knotted up with the Kings and Blackhawks for the 6th and 7th spots in the Western Conference. Given that the last 6 Avs losses have come by one goal...well, get well soon, Matt Duchene.

Randomly: National "Wear Your Hockey Jersey" day is Friday, kicking off Hockey Weekend in America. If I see anybody wearing a Red Wings jersey, I'm kicking him or her right in the shins.

Potential Hero: Tonight? On the road against the best team in the division? We're gonna need Everybody to be the hero tonight.

Potential Goat: Whoever takes a penalty in the first 10 minutes of the game. WATCH YOURSELF, Shane O'Brien.

Final Thought: Roberto Luongo's head is a jelly donut.

Canucks 3, Avs 1

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