The Week Ahead: Oilers and Wild renew Northwest Division rivalry; also, Bruins

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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Friday, December 13th
At home vs the Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers may be dead last in the Pacific Division, but they’ve been on a hot streak of late, going 6-3-1 in their last 10 games heading into Tuesday’s game against Carolina. They’re still second last in the NHL in goals against, however, which bodes well for a Canucks offence that is slowly coming to life. The last time these teams met, it was the Canucks’ home opener and they celebrated by scoring 6 goals. A repeat performance would be nice.

Saturday, December 14th
At home vs the Boston Bruins

Hey, remember the Bruins? I’ll bet you do, and for the first time since game seven of the Stanley Cup Final, the team that drove us to madness is back in Vancouver. Try to behave yourselves this time. While the Canucks got a small and completely inconsequential measure of revenge with a 4-3 victory in Boston in 2012, there’s still some bad blood between the two teams, which should make for a fun atmosphere in Rogers Arena.

The Bruins haven’t changed much: they’re still immensely talented and physical to the point of dirtiness. They’re currently first in the Eastern Conference and are embroiled in controversy after Shawn Thornton cold-cocked a defenceless Brooks Orpik during a viciously chippy game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Tuesday, December 17th
Away vs the Minnesota Wild

Games against the Wild used to be a chore, as the Jacques Lemaire-coached team would retreat into the neutral zone and trap all the life out of a game. This is the part where you would expect me to say, “Things have changed!” but they really haven’t. Minnesota Wild games feature the second-lowest goals per game in the league, as they neither score nor give up a lot of goals.

A big reason for the low-scoring games has been the play of Josh Harding, who has emerged as an early Vezina candidate and potential Olympic hopeful for Team Canada. While he doesn’t like people to focus on it, Harding’s play has been truly inspirational, considering his diagnosis with multiple sclerosis last season.

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2 comments

  1. the real bob
    December 11, 2013

    looks like there’s a rat infestation at the rog this saturday

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  2. KC
    December 11, 2013

    For the Minny game, let us not forget the return of Ballard, who was a solid teammate throughout his torrid time here.

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