It’s remarkably easy to forget about a game that didn’t happen, particularly when your thoughts are occupied with games that did happen. On Friday and Saturday, the Canucks’ prospects were back in BC to play the Abbotsford Heat. Harrison was busy doing colour commentary, while I was busy taking notes and writing game recaps. We both completely missed the game that the Canucks didn’t play in Columbus on Friday.
We both panicked. How could we have forgotten? How could we write an I Didn’t Watch This Game post when we didn’t actually watch the game? Wait, hang on…
I didn’t watch this game.
Canucks 0 – 0 Blue Jackets
In lieu of highlights from the game that didn’t happen, I present the greatest thing to ever happen in an NHL game.
This game would have been the second in as many nights for the Canucks meaning that the backup goaltender likely would have started. If all of the rumours flying around right now are true and the Roberto Luongo trade is a done deal, it’s possible that this would have been the first NHL appearance for Eddie Lack. Personally, I think it’s for the best that Lack is still in the AHL, getting as many starts as possible. While he is a superb goaltender, he’s still prone to lapses in judgement that will hopefully be ironed out with some more experience.
The second game of a back-to-back can be difficult, particularly when there’s travel involved. While Nashville and Columbus aren’t too far apart, travel can still be a disruption in sleep plans. At the beginning of the season conditioning shouldn’t be a concern, but with players out of the lineup recovering from injuries, even the slightest amount of fatigue could make a big difference. Imagine the uproar if the Canucks lost or even came close to losing to the Blue Jackets, the unequivocal worst team in the league last season. Fans would have thrown a fit, picked it up, then thrown it again.
Needing an upgrade on Steve Mason in net, the Blue Jackets made like Joanna from Office Space and did the bare minimum, acquiring Sergei Bobrovsky from the Philadelphia Flyers. Mason’s save percentage last season: .894. Bobrovsky’s: .899. Well done, Scott Howson.
At this time last year, Roberto Luongo was getting bronx cheers from the Rogers Arena “faithful.” With a 2-3-1 start, a 3.70 goals against average, and an .856 save percentage, all of which had more to do with the team’s defensive struggles as a whole, Luongo became persona non grata to some Vancouver fans, leading to The Province proposing their absurd “Luongo for Lecavalier” trade idea. Luongo finished the season with his 7th straight 30+ win season, a .919 save percentage, and a 2.41 goals against average.
Compare and contrast those last two bullet points, please.
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