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?
Friday, November 22nd
At home vs the Columbus Blue Jackets
After taking Wednesday and Thursday off to recuperate from what will no doubt be an exhausting and difficult trial versus the formidable Florida Panthers (and to potentially acclimatize whichever member of the Panthers they choose to keep, as per the Vancouver/Florida trade treaty), the Canucks kick off 3 games in 4 nights with a visit from the Columbus Blue Jackets.
It’s a nice warm-up. Columbus isn’t a particularly good team, but that doesn’t mean you can take them lightly, because they work incredibly hard. If you underestimate them, well, you still might not lose, but you run the risk of losing.
It’s tough to blame Columbus for being so mediocre, by the way. Yes, they only have 17 points at the time of this writing, a number that would put them well out of the playoff spot in the West, but in the East’s Metropolitan Division, they’re just 3 points back of the third-place New York Rangers. There’s really no impetus for them to be better.
Saturday, November 23rd
At home vs the Chicago Blackhawks
The following night on Hockey Night in Canada, the Canucks will say hello to their old friends, the Chicago Blackhawks. These two teams get along fabulously, and we expect this to be a friendly and gentle affair, full of handshakes and reminiscing. “Say, remember all that bad blood between us?” “Why yes, I do. And do you remember when we slayed the dragon?” “Indeed. I also recall when you went on to not win the Stanley Cup.” “I would like very much to fight you now.” “Let us commence with the removal of our gloves.”
It’s more than a little unfortunate that the Canucks get the hated Blackhawks on the second night of a back-to-back, when they’re likely to be a little less than fresh, although the Blackhawks will at least be three games into a seven-game road trip, so they’re likely to be a little tired as well. This should be a good test for the Canucks.
Monday, November 25th
At home vs the Los Angeles Kings
Finally, the Canucks close up a run of 3 in 4 with a visit from the Los Angeles Kings, who most recently handed them their lunch and/or stole their lunch, depending on what lunch-based expression you prefer to use when referring to one team beating the stuffing out of another. The Canucks will be out for revenge, although whether or not they’ll have enough left in the tank for that revenge is another story.
This too should be a good test for the Canucks, who need to start stringing together some wins at home in a hurry. After this game, the Canucks are back on the road, which may come as a welcome change if they can’t get their homestand back on track at its tail end.Tags: The Week Ahead