The Vancouver Canucks could officially be in the playoffs by the time your head hits the pillow tonight, as long as you don’t hit the hay before 9:30. They are a number of scenarios, and even if they do not happen, the ‘Nucks are 99.9 % certain to qualify Lord Stanley’s spring cup quest.
A lot of credit should go to a lot of people, but let’s examine where a good deal of credit should go.
Coach Willie Desjardins would be quick to deflect any praise, but if you have been behind a bench for three decades, you have a good feel for how the season long journey should go.
Last season, deep in the heart of Texas, Coach DJ’s Stars won 48 games and were the first seed in the Western Conference. The Stars were 15-6 during the post-season which culminated in winning the Calder Cup in five games, which included winning the final three games in overtime.
He has gold and silver medals working with the Canadian junior program and two titles in the DUB with Medicine Hat.
Right now the Vancouver club sits at 46 wins.
He has rolled four lines, been forced to play with double digit defensemen and has had two number one goalies.
By the way, if Ryan Miller becomes a 100 % healthy, it will be intriguing to see how the coach and the organization handle the keepers in the playoffs.
The understated Willie might describe the regular season as being “good.”
For others, using Willie speak, the job he has done has been “real good” in his first season in the NHL.