The Week Ahead: Homestand of Horror, part two: The Standening

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?

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The Paper Feature: Winners and losers of Alex Burrows’ broken jaw

After his 49th shot on goal failed to get past a goaltender, you have to assume Alex Burrows headed back to the bench, thinking, “There’s absolutely no way that this can get any worse.”

And then Chris Tanev hit him in the side of the face with a puck.

Burrows left the game, blood pooling in his mouth, and got what he thought was a lucky break, with the doctor in Raleigh telling him that all he had done was bust up a couple of teeth. But on Monday night, a second opinion revealed that learned that he’d actually gotten an unlucky break. The puck had broken his jaw.

Suffice it to say, this is bad news for a number of reasons. But, as with all moments of misfortune, there are opportunities for a few folks to benefit. Let’s take a look at the winners and losers of the latest turn in Alex Burrows’ nightmare season.

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I Watched This Game: Canucks at Nashville Predators, December 3, 2013

It’s amazing how first impressions work. The first period of this game was as dull as a pencil at a poorly maintained mini-golf course. It was just plain unexciting hockey, with little energy, few scoring chances, and just 13 shots on goal between the two teams. That lacklustre start coloured the rest of the game in my eyes, perhaps unfairly.

After all, both teams mustered 30+ shots, there were some fine saves, and the Canucks put together some offence and earned the win, so the game couldn’t have been all bad. But that first period convinced me that I was in for a tedious time and confirmation bias set in: I expected tedium and I received it.

As Harvey Danger reminded us in the late 90′s, if you’re bored, then you’re boring. Well then, I was really, really boring when I watched this game.

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