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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Game Day: Blues at Canucks

For some reason, Curtis Sanford is unbeatable against the Canucks. Tonight would be a good time to give him his first career loss against the 'Nucks, no? A win tonight would end the mathematical possibility that the Edmonton Oilers can pass them for a playoff spot. It will also keep them in first place in the Northwest Division.

But first, the Canucks have to improve on their play from the last week. Their specialty teams had been horrendous and Alain Vigneault is hoping that Jeff Cowan can snap the struggling powerplay out of its funk.

In an attempt to fix his power play -- which is currently so impotent it needs Viagra more than a good set-up man -- Alain Vigneault has turned to Jeff Cowan.

Why not? In the last two weeks, Cowan has fixed the team's second line, fixed its toughness issue and, above all, fixed sagging brassiere sales in the Lower Mainland. All things considered, resuscitating the Canucks' comatose power play should be a piece of cake for Cowan.

"He's on a roll," head coach Alain Vigneault said with a shrug. "As a coach, you have to play the guys who are on a roll."
Who's not on a roll is Taylor Pyatt. Despite setting career-highs in goals (18) and points (30), he only has three points (2G-1A) in the last 15 games. It is Quiet Pyatt's spot on the second powerplay unit that Cowan the Brabarian is taking.

"For some reason, Pyatt's game has slipped and not just in his execution but in his physical implications, whereas Jeff's game has picked up," said Vigneault.

"Our power play right now is not performing and we're going to try Jeff there. He's been our hottest player and Pyatt has not played to his potential.

"Cowan and Pyatt on the power play pretty much have the same role in screening the goaltender and tipping pucks."

Translation: As much as Cowan has been justly rewarded for going boldly to the net and collecting eight points in his last seven games, Vigneault is sending Pyatt a message to be more of a presence. Big bodies who play big are a postseason bonus, especially on the power play. And Pyatt does have nine power-play goals.
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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 6:34 AM

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At March 15, 2007 5:03 PM, Blogger Zanstorm said...

I wouldn't mind seeing Cowan get more time with the Sedins. He has earned it.

 

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