You can blame our fingers for our obsession with big, round numbers. Our limited digits gave rise to the base-10 numeral system, leading humans to see special significance to numbers divisible by 10. We see this particularly in hockey: we describe forwards as 20-goal scorers or 30-goal scorers, attach particular import to scoring 50 goals in a season (particularly if they’re tallied within 50 games), and award players that reach 1000 games played with a silver stick.
If only we were born with 6 fingers on each hand, we could have had the far more mathematically satisfying base-12 and have the far more exclusive group of players that reached a dozen-dozen-dozen (1728) games played: Gordie Howe, Mark Messier, and Ron Francis. Actually, never mind: any numbering system that would accord Mark Messier special honour is fundamentally flawed.
In the last two games, two Canucks have reached significant milestones: against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday, Kevin Bieksa recorded his 200th career point when he opened the scoring on the powerplay. It was, incidentally, also his 10th career game-winning goal. Then, against the Calgary Flames on Saturday, Henrik Sedin recorded his 600th career assist on Alex Burrow’s gamewinner.
Personally, I had no idea these milestones were coming up for either player; the media guide will often mention them when they’re coming close, but for those of us not in the press box, we tend to only find out after the fact when the play-by-play crew fills us in.
With that in mind, here are 16 upcoming Canucks milestones, both those that come divisible by 10 and those that are franchise specific, that might come in the final 10 games of the season. Yes, 16. It’s not divisible by 10. Deal with it.
1 | Daniel Sedin is just 5 points away from tying Markus Naslund for second all-time in scoring in franchise history.
2 | Daniel is also 3 games away from 900 games played.
3 | Henrik Sedin is 4 powerplay goals from 50 in his career.
4 | Alex Burrows is 8 points away from reaching 300, at which point he’ll be required to grease up and play the rest of the game shirtless and in slow-motion.
5 | He also needs just 12 more penalty minutes to pass Todd Bertuzzi for 8th in franchise history, which he’ll get with a 2-minute minor and a 10-minute misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct upon removing his jersey on the ice.
6 | Jannik Hansen needs 2 more goals to reach 50 in his career (and 10 for the season).
7 | Kevin Bieksa is also just 2 goals away from 50, so if the two of them are in on a 2-on-1 together at any point, the guy with the puck ain’t passing.
8 | Dan Hamhuis is 6 assists away from 200 in his career.
9 | Mason Raymond needs 5 assists to reach 100.
10 | At the rate he’s going, it’s entirely likely that Zack Kassian will tally another 14 penalty minutes to reach 100 for his career.
11 | Chris Tanev needs to play just 8 more games this season to reach 100.
12 | If David Booth could only get back in the lineup before the end of the season: he’s just 1 point away from 200.
13 | If Cam Barker can stay in the lineup, he might tally 4 points to reach 100.
14 | With the way Cory Schneider has been playing, it seems entirely likely that he’ll appear in 8 more games and reach 100 games played.
15 | Schneider will also pass Frank Caprice for 7th in franchise history in total saves with 2,384, which could happen with 25 saves in his next start.
16 | With 2 more fights, Dale Weise will reach 20 for his career, at which point the Brotherhood of Face-Punchers will finally let him wear a visor.
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