Every Wednesday we take a look at The Week Ahead to see what storylines we’ll be following, because Wednesday is a day meant for looking ahead to the future. Around here we call Wednesday “Future Day” and we all wear silver jumpsuits and big bubble space helmets. Doesn’t everybody do that?
Thursday, November 14th
At home vs the San Jose Sharks
Just 21 games into the season, the Canucks will face the San Jose Sharks for the fourth and final time. After a pair of 4-1 losses extended the Canucks’ losing streak to 9 games against the Sharks, it seemed like we would be glad to see the last of them, but a thoroughly entertaining 4-2 victory last week made fans eager for more. As it is, if the Canucks face the Sharks again in the first round, there will be a 5 month gap between games for these two Pacific Division rivals.
The Sharks ended their 5-game losing streak Tuesday, but it was against the terrible Calgary Flames in overtime, which means they basically lost.
Sunday, November 17th
At home vs the Dallas Stars
This will be the first game against the Stars since the Derek Roy trade that sent Kevin Connauton to Dallas. Canucks fans eager to find fault with Mike Gillis had plenty of criticism for the Canucks’ GM when Connauton made the Stars out of training camp, but the defenceman has been a frequent healthy scratch, playing just one game this season. We definitely won’t see him in this game, as he’s currently in the AHL on a conditioning assignment. Recalled from the Texas Stars in his place is another familiar face, though: Aaron Rome.
The Canucks will also see Valeri Nichushkin, who was selected 10th overall in the 2013 draft, one selection after the Canucks picked Bo Horvat. Nichushkin has 1 goal and 5 points in 16 games.
Tuesday, November 19th
At home vs the Florida Panthers
The Canucks haven’t seen their NHL farm team in Vancouver since October, 2010. There should be five former Panthers in the lineup to face their former team: Roberto Luongo, Mike Santorelli, Chris Higgins, Jason Garrison, and David Booth, whose conditioning assignment with the Utica Comets ended on Tuesday. It will be the first time Booth plays against the Panthers: when the Canucks were in Florida in 2012, Booth was injured, which is unfortunately unsurprising.
The Panthers have been terrible this season, with just 4 wins in 19 games. It hasn’t helped that Tim Thomas has struggled with injuries, while Jacob Markstrom and Scott Clemmensen have been awful in his stead. Oh, by the way, Tim Thomas is in Florida now. That should be fun.Tags: Panthers, Sharks, Stars, The Week Ahead