Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Game Day: Canucks at Oilers

Statistics is a funny thing. Are the Canucks, who have gained points in 15 of their last 17 games, one of the hottest teams in the league? Or are they, by virtue of losing four of their last six games, in a slump?

Tonight, the Canucks try to keep their streak going (or bust their slump - depends on whether you're a glass half-full or half-empty kinda guy) against the Edmonton Oilers. It's the second-last meeting between the two teams and a Canucks win will certainly help push Edmonton further back of a playoff spot.

The Canucks will want to bounce back after a lackadaisical effort against the Flames. As much as they have the luxury of Roberto Luongo - who, incidentally, is the first Canucks goalie to get this much good love in the press - they can't allow 37 shots per game like they have the last six games; they can't let their three consecutive wins against Edmonton get to their heads; and they can't allow the Oilers to dictate the play like they allowed the Flames to do on Saturday night.

The last time the Canucks failed to at least get a point in two consecutive games was before the Christmas break. Now there's one streak I hope keeps going.

Here are more of today's links and stuff:
  • It's not a surprise that Roberto Luongo is getting the start tonight. It's more of a surprise that there is talk that he might start every game the rest of the way. - Elliott Pap (Vancouver Sun)
  • After successful hip surgery last Monday, Ryan Kesler is hoping for a quicker return. - Iain MacIntyre (Vancouver Sun)
  • With 15 points (4G-11A) in 14 games in 2007, Markus Naslund is finally showing signs of life. Good thing too. The Canucks need that from him. - Grant Kerr (Globe and Mail)

Comments/Questions: Feel free to post in the comments section or email me at gocanucksgo10 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 5:47 AM


At February 06, 2007 12:33 PM, Anonymous Mike said...

JJ, just wanted to thank you for the great blog entries and the links to the local papers' stories in particular.

Hope you had a good time when you were here in Victoria!


At February 06, 2007 1:26 PM, Blogger Zanstorm said...

Now that Luongo is being touted as a Hart candidate I find myself angered somewhat. As great as Luongo is, he gets alot of help from his teammates, HELP...something not many goalies have had in Vancouver in the past decade-plus.

At February 06, 2007 6:08 PM, Blogger hoopsjunky said...

mike - Thanks for the comment! I had a great time in Victoria, for sure!

zanstrom - He does get a lot of help, not just from his teammates, but from the system as well. That said, Louie has a certain aura about him that even if the Canucks played with the same defensive committment, I don't think Cloutier or Auld or Potvin would have had this same cast of players in the position they are in right now.


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