The Canucks head into the windy city having not done half bad on this road trip. With a win tonight they can finish no worse than .500 on the road trip. When you consider who we’ve played and the length of the trip I’d say that’s not half bad. Come to think of it, we really should be well above .500, but when you run into goalies like Halak who are just blind on nights there’s not much you can do. The Canucks losses haven’t been bad losses and I think that’s something to reflect upon once this road trip is over.
Tonight the Canucks go for win number 40. Now lets throw things into perspective. The Canucks are sitting at 39-22-2. They are one win away from 40 wins and it’s game 64 tonight. Two seasons ago the Canucks total wins were 39. Lets look at this a little more. The Canucks have 19 games to play and to hit 50 wins they would need to go 11-8. That’s a winning percentage of .578, not unattainable when you look at the Canucks winning percentage over the season which through game 63 is .619.
So, let say the Canucks hit 50 wins. This will be the first time the Canucks have ever broken that 50 win plateau and it would set a new franchise record. The previous franchise record is 49 wins set by none other than the 2006-2007 Alain Vigneault Canucks which started their season on the blockbuster trade by then GM Dave Nonis that saw Roberto Luongo bring Lu’s to this city. Oh, and that Lukas Krajicek kid came over too, but the Lu’s weren’t for him.
We cribbed earlier in the season about not having over time losses, but when you look at the pace the Canucks have been winning at, and really the pace they’ve been dominating with, it’s no surprise that they’re close to this milestone. With an offense ranked 4th in the league and 3rd in the West, this is really the best poised Canucks team we’ve seen in a while.
As the Canucks go for the big 4-0 tonight we’ll also get to see Andrew Alberts suit up in a Canucks uniform for the first time. He has several ties to this team before joining which is interesting. He played college with Cory Schneider, played in Boston with Andrew Raycroft and Yan Statsy (who ironically was also picked up at the deadline) and he played internationally representing the US on a team with Ryan Kesler. The 28 year-old handles the puck like a train, but also hits like a train. There’s nothing that says “Hey Fans, my name’s Andrew Alberts and I’m glad to be a Canuck” more than railing Dustin Byfuglien, so here’s to hoping he just wrecks B-Fug tonight.