The Sharks did their best to give us their bah-humbug but I’d advise not let that get you down. I’m not going to sugarcoat it – the Canucks looked like they left their legs in Vancouver – but I also realize that teams stink it up once in a while. Especially after a physical game and a big win the night before, and a delayed flight that ensured the players wouldn’t get to San Jose until 3:30 AM.
There is much to look forward to the post-Christmas schedule. Mats Sundin is due to fly in to Vancouver on Saturday and he’s scheduled to make his Canuck debut sometime in the first week of January.
I also hope Roberto Luongo gets well soon, but that might not be for a while as he’s not even back on skates yet. Since November 20th, the Canucks have gone a decent 8-7-1, which has at least kept pace with the rest of the Northwest Division. (In the same time span, Calgary is 8-3-3, Colorado is 9-7-1, Minnesota is 6-9-1 and Edmonton is 6-6-1.) Remember too that 10 of the Canucks’ 16 games were on the road, and for the next 6 weeks, they play 13 of their 17 games at home.
Have a great Christmas everyone. If you have to travel anywhere, travel safe. I’ll see you again on Monday.
Let me leave you with a Canucks Christmas poem from A View from a Broad:
Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the Garage
Not a feature was playing, no video montage.
The stands were all empty and the ice rink was bare,
In hopes that Lord Stanley soon would be there.
The players were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of playoff runs danced in their heads.
And Mike Gillis still has room to fiddle with the cap,
He had just signed Sundin to fill in the gap.
While out on the bench no sticks to make clatter,
No Hordichuk checking, no making the glass shatter.
No Demitra skating by a d-man in a flash,
No goal song is playing, no tickets for cash.
The rest of it is here.