Five games on the Canucks’ 2013-14 schedule you can probably skip

On Friday, when the Canucks’ 2013-14 schedule was released, we did what everybody does: we took a look at it and we pegged the games that are going to mean a little more than others. The opener. The home opener. The California road trip. Alain Vigneault’s return in April. Sami Salo’s return in January. The Boston Bruins’ return in December.

But, while some games are sure to be memorable, other dates look nigh unwatchable. Supposing you were looking for a few nights off — an evening to yourself, perhaps, or handful of dates to skip in an effort to make it seem like your family is more important to you than this team, these are the games you can probably sacrifice.

Sunday, October 20 – Canucks at Columbus Blue Jackets

The first real lull in the schedule should come right here. Blue Jackets games are never that entertaining, and Sunday afternoon games (this one’s at 3pm) tend to be duds, so it already has two strikes against it. Here’s strike three: the day before, the Canucks visit Sidney Crosby and his very entertaining Penguins for an NBC game. It’s going to be tough for fans to muster much excitement for Columbus the following afternoon, especially since it will likely be tough for the team as well.

Sunday, December 1 – Canucks at Carolina Hurricanes

With the Canucks on the road for an afternooner in Carolina, puck drop for this one is just after 10am PST. On one hand, the early-morning game is a nice treat, because you don’t have to spend all day waiting for it. You can just roll out of bed and have it with your coffee.

But when it comes to these early games, speaking of coffee, it always looks like the Canucks could use some. Adding to their likely lethargy: this is their second game in two nights and third of a four-game trip.

You could watch the boys in blue and green go head-to-head with a team they never see, don’t care about, and likely won’t play that well against. Or you could go to church. Even if you’re not a churchgoer, that might be a better time.

Friday, December 13 – Edmonton Oilers at Canucks

No offense to the Oilers. They’re a fun and entertaining team. But this is the first of two games in two nights for the Canucks, and the second game features the Boston Bruins, back in Rogers Arena for the first time since the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. The Oilers game will be a little like finishing your vegetables so you can have dessert.

Sunday, March 2 – Ottawa Senators at Canucks

Yes, the Heritage Classic. I know I’m being a curmudgeon about this, but seriously: this will be the sixth outdoor game of the year, and the fifth outdoor game too many. Unless you’re in the building and the atmosphere in the stadium is infectious, good luck getting excited for the least “outdoor” event of them all. I won’t get into all the reasons I think this game is a bad idea because I’ve already done it, but this one’s a skipper in my honest opinion.

Tuesday, December 17 – Canucks at Minnesota Wild
Friday, February 28 – Minnesota Wild at Canucks
Wednesday, March 26 – Canucks vs. Minnesota Wild

The Canucks play the Wild three times in 2013-14. That’s good news, in the sense that it’s three times fewer than they usually play the Wild, thanks to the demise of the Northwest Division. But it’s still three times too many. These games are always difficult to sit through, either because they’re boring or because the Canucks fail to show up. This suite will be no different.

The first one comes two days after (and will likely be overshadowed by) the Bruins’ return.

The second one is the second game after the Olympic break. Yeah. Good luck getting up for a visit from the Wild after that firecracker of a tournament.

And as for the third one, well, it’s the third time the Canucks play the Wild. After falling asleep during the other two, just try getting up for this one.


  1. PB
    July 23, 2013

    There’s an outside chance that the Wild games are going to be better, with Cooke and Niederreiter added and of course the ever entertaining Keith Ballard ready to excise the ghost of AV. Nah, they will probably still suck. They still do have Dany Heatley on their roster after all…

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  2. Nee
    July 23, 2013

    “Sunday, March 2 – Ottawa Senators at Canucks”

    I get that it being the 6th one makes it very much redundant, but I still don’t think that makes it a “skip”. Surely it’s more interesting to watch than a game against Dallas, for example. It’s still a novelty locally by having the game in a different venue. I’m interested to see what BC Place will look like, and it will be cool to see 50000 people crammed in there for hockey. I’ll make sure to watch. Though I have no interest in paying a boatload for a ticket.

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  3. Dave Robinson (@dcrwrites)
    July 23, 2013

    You may want to skip the ‘Canes game, but as a Nucks fan currently stuck in North Carolina I don’t just want to watch it, I’m planning on going. I haven’t been to a game since January 2011, when they visited the Caps.

    I’ll happily forgo the Church I do not attend to see a Hockey game on Sunday afternoon.

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  4. Keith
    July 23, 2013

    December 1st is going to be a great day to put some bailey’s in my coffee..

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  5. Julia
    July 23, 2013

    Since the Canucks are playing in Minnesota on my birthday and I happen to live in Minneapolis, I think that one seems like a must-attend!

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  6. akiddd
    July 23, 2013

    less Wild games. good. more Yotes games. bad. i just hope that with ‘torts and the shot-blockers’ other teams’ fans don’t start putting the canucks’ games on their ‘don’t watch’ list.

    and, harrison, it seems a little out of character for you to be going after the heritage classic like you are. i get your point(breaking news: the nhl does a dumb thing) but sens games are often pretty fun.

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  7. Bryce
    July 23, 2013

    CBC is airing the Canucks/Oilers game on FRIDAY December 13. Now why would CBC air a random Friday night Canucks/Oilers game? A special ceremony, perhaps? Any of those coming up this season?

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  8. J21
    July 24, 2013

    “I won’t get into all the reasons I think this game is a bad idea because I’ve already done it, but this one’s a skipper in my honest opinion.”

    I’m just curious to see what hockey looks like at BC Place, to be honest, and to hear how boisterous the crowd is. (The Rogers/GM Place crowd multiplied by 4 or so might sound almost as loud as half of the Pacific Coliseum!)

    And since the roof will inevitably be closed (not like BC Place is a real outdoor experience even when it’s open), I’m kind of curious on thoughts on the weird atmosphere.

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  9. JanBan
    July 28, 2013

    Depending on if you’re an Alex Edler fan or not and depending on the outcome of his IIHF trial, that Dec 1 game in Carolina might actually interest you…
    Until you realize that Alex Edler isn’t exactly a vicious person and Eric Staal doesn’t really seem that vengeful, either, so, yeah, still probably a snoozefest.

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