What can you say about the Vancouver Canucks?
Another night on the road and another huge win against a team that if they go far enough they may see in the playoffs. The Nashville Predators are one of the top teams in the league and like St Louis the night before, Nashville’s home record of 28-8-3 is the best in the Western Conference. It’s a good thing that Vancouver’s Kung-Fu is stronger, as the Canucks are a West best 24-12-3 away from the Rog.
What will be interesting now will be the fate of Alex Burrows. While the Canucks forward says that the contact was an incidental collision, as much as I want to believe that the video evidence shows us otherwise. The principal point of contact on that hit of Paul Gaustad was his head. With Burrows already on the naughty list this season, I don’t expect to see Burrows until Game One of the Stanley Cup Playoffs…which means a five game suspension.
The game certainly was chippy and a playoff matchup with Nashville would be tough to be sure, especially with Shea Weber and James Neal in the lineup for the Predators.
But instead of worrying about what others might possess in terms of skilled players, teams that take on the Canucks will now be doing the same thing. This is just not the Sedins, if it was the team would be in the McDavid lottery. The Vancouver Canucks have been coached so well this year by Willie Desjardins that it will be a shame that he doesn’t get a look for Coach of the Year.
Vancouver is a four line team, with discipline and structure, two words that John Tortorella would have a tough time spelling let alone executing.
Willie has his boys ready for a run…and he ran his AHL team last year to the Calder Cup…let’s see what he can bring to the table this year.