If you’re the type of fan who waits for the next Canucks game by watching the seconds tick away on the clock, I have bad news for you: as if the four day layoff from the last Friday’s game wasn’t enough, once this Tuesday’s match is over, the boys don’t play again until next Monday. Six more days!
But don’t shoot the messenger – this isn’t VCB’s or HTTN’s fault. If you need to be mad at someone, blame the NHL schedule makers. But before doing that, perhaps we should all should take a step back and be glad that the Canucks have been granted a light schedule in this month of October that seems to be an annual calamity for the team.
Really, Mike Gillis should request an even easier schedule for next October. I wonder how that conversation would go…
Gillis: Hi Mr. Bettman. Would you mind giving my team only 3 or 4 games during October this upcoming year?
Bettman: Hello? Attendance is up league-wide, and all our 30 teams are profitable. The NHL is more successful than it has ever been, and I have all the data and statistics to support this.
Gillis: …uh, that’s impressive. But what about our schedule, Mr. Bettman?
Bettman: Oh right. Why are you requesting this?
Gillis: Well, I’m not sure what it is, but every October the entire Canucks team seems to forget that the object of the game is to put the puck in the other team’s net and keep it out of our own. They look like morons out there.
Bettman: That’s not a good enough reason to request a schedule change, Mike. I have bigger things to worry about.
Gillis: Fine… well… Vancouver is full of baseball fans, so if we don’t go head-to-head with the MLB playoffs, our attendance and revenues will actually go up, and you won’t be lying when you say those things anymore.
Bettman: Really? Now you’re speaking my language! Not that I admit to lying… it’s all semantics, Mike.
Who knows, maybe it’ll work – it’s worth a try. Anyways onto the preview of this weeks game:
Colorado Avalanche – October 26, 2010
The Avalanche have a 4-4 record going into Tuesday’s matchup, a record that looks worse than it is due to their tough schedule so far. One concern for the Canucks – the Avs are second highest scoring team in the Western Conference with 25 goals.
Watch Out For:
John-Michael Liles has scored many points as Henrik Sedin – both have 10 assists through 8 games. But Liles is a defenseman, not a top line center. As the highest scoring defenseman in the NHL right now, Canucks forwards had better be mindful of shutting down the points quickly, and not allowing Liles to control the powerplay.