Spitballin’ (or Super Pass It To Bulis: All In, if you love adventurous acronymizing) is a feature that allows us to touch on a multitude of things really fast, because in the world of hockey, there are always lots of things to find and colour. Here are a few quick topics.
Hey everyone, check out this comic
Reader Erin Nigh sent us this comic, and it’s definitely worth a look. It’s a great deal more sincere and touching than we normally are here at Pass it to Bulis, but it’s still very neat and very neatly done.
Kudos, Erin. Looks great. Although if I were nitpicking, I’d point out that it’s very clearly missing a panel. You missed a very important piece of the puzzle:
There we are. Feel free to work it in (maybe in place of integrity because, like, whatever about integrity) and get back to us.
Chris Higgins’ mystery injury
Speaking of Higgins, with the playoffs approaching, the Canucks have gone into nondisclosure mode regarding injuries, which meant that Higgins was plucked from the lineup earlier this week with very little information given to the fans. We were told “lower-body injury “, but with nothing else to go on, speculation raged. Had his
zombie staph infection returned? Did he have bonitis?
And then: a clue! As it turns out, it wasn’t a lower-body injury. Chris Li pointed out that we’d been misreading the report on Canucks.com this whole time:
Ohhhhhhh so it’s a groin injury. This happened to Sami Salo once. You’ve gotta protect those lower boys.
(Note: if you haven’t heard yet, it’s actually a knee injury. The Canucks expect to have Higgins back before the end of the regular-season. As for Tanev, Higgins’s “shoddy lower-body buddy”, according to Smug Nation, he could be a little further away.)
Hey, remember when the Wild won the Northwest?
Okay, enough about Chris Higgins’ body parts. It’s amazing to think that, four weeks ago, the Canucks’ contest with the Minnesota Wild was viewed as a must-win, that the Northwest Division might just slip away from them if they lost. Then they did lose. A week later — three weeks ago — the Canucks faced the Wild again, and again it was touted as a must-win — the mustest must-win of the season!
They lost that too. Canuck nation was dismayed.
Which brings us to now. Despite losing two must-win games to the Wild, 12 games later, the Canucks sit six points clear of Minnesota atop the Northwest Division. Six! How did that happen? Did the Wild, like many up here, view those two “must-win” games as division-clinchers even though they took with a third of the season yet to go, and quit trying?
Actually, maybe. Since beating the Canucks the second time, Minnesota is 5-7-1. In April, they’re 1-5 and they’ve scored just six goals. Six!
Canucks celebrating behind the scenes
Three observations from this video of the Canucks gearing down after their win over the Calgary Flames:
1. Where in the heck did Mason Raymond’s stick go?
2. My favourite thing about these behind-the-scenes videos is the way each and every one features Alex Burrows shouting unintelligibly. I defy you to make sense of a single thing he says here.
3. Kesler does a little half-jig as he drops his sweater in the bin. That’s a good sign. Kesler’s postgame jigs are a sign he’s in game shape, so it looks like he’s halfway there.
Zack Kassian marvels at a helicopter
Zack Kassian is a strange bird. Here’s a photo of him examining the mysteries of another strange bird, the elusive helicopter.
“Whoa, a helicopter! One of God’s most mysterious creations. Hey there, little guy. Nice helicopter. Niiiiiiiice helicopter.”
After spending a little time with the helicopter, Kassian asked a pilot what helicopters eat.
“Gas,” the pilot responded, bemused.
“Wow! How do they find it in the wild?” Kassian said.