Thursday, January 11, 2007

Game Day: Wild at Canucks

Against the Minnesota Wild tonight, the Canucks will be going for eight straight wins, which would be their longest win streak since 2002. The franchise record is ten straight wins, set back in the day when the number 7 centering Trevor Linden was Cliff Ronning, not Brendan Morrison.

But I'm getting a bit ahead of myself.

Even the players would admit that they have to play much better to keep the win streak alive. They played some sloppy hockey even in winning their last three games and relied a bit on Luongo's goaltending and lady luck. They won't want to do that against a disciplined, Jacques Lemaire-coached club like the Wild.

One thing I'm going to keep my out on is the play of Markus Naslund. After he scored his goal on Sunday night, his overall play got exponentially better. He seemed to find that extra gear, skating quicker and handling the puck with more confidence. He started to create scoring chances again and set up Brendan Morrison's goal. I hope this means the return of the Markus Naslund that scored 12 goals in the Canucks' first 25 games this season and was on pace for 40 goals.

Today's links and stuff for your reading pleasure:
  • Big news in today's mainstream media is Roberto Luongo and his selection as one of the starting goaltenders for the NHL All-Star game. He is obviously honored that he was chosen, but his goal for the season hasn't changed; it's still to play in the postseason. I think I speak for all Canucks fans when I say "Hell yah!" - Gordon McIntyre (Vancouver Province), Brad Ziemer (Vancouver Sun), Grant Kerr (Globe and Mail)
  • The NHL hosted teleconference call with Luongo yesterday. - Alanah (Canucks and Beyond)
  • More fallout from the Vote For Rory campaign. What does Rory himself say? He's just relieved that this whole thing is over and everyone can move on. - James Mirtle, Eric Duhatschek (Globe and Mail) and the USA Today.
  • Willie Mitchell is still looking for his first goal this season but is at least playing some damn fine defense. - Ed Willes (Vancouver Province)
  • The Canucks recalled Alexander Edler from the Manitoba Moose for some extra depth for the upcoming road trip. It could be nothing or it could be something but Sami Salo missed practice yesterday. - Brad Ziemer (Vancouver Sun)
  • Don't have a big-screen TV at home? GM Place is hosting the UBC/Regina CIS hockey game on Saturday. The Garage will also open early to show the Canucks vs. Leafs game on their new jumbotron. - Gordon McIntyre (Vancouver Province)

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