The Week Ahead: The Blues and the Kings, and I don’t mean B.B. and Albert

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, January 10th
At home vs the St. Louis Blues

The Canucks have a bit of a lighter schedule between now and next Wednesday, playing just two games, but they’ll be playing two of the best teams in the West. First up is the Blues, who have the third best record in the Western Conference, but are missing their top scorer, Alexander Steen, who has been out since suffering a concussion in a game against the Oilers on December 21st.

Last time the Canucks faced the Blues, they squeaked past in overtime thanks to some solid goaltending from Eddie Lack, who may get another game against the Blues on Friday unless Roberto Luongo is ready to return. His most important task: keep Derek Roy off the scoresheet. At least, that’s what Mike Gillis told him.

Monday, January 13th
Away vs the Los Angeles Kings

The Canucks last played the Kings way, way back on Saturday. Those were dark days. The Canucks were giving up oodles of shots and when you give up shots by the oodle-load, things are bad.

At the forefront for fans is Dustin Brown, who ran over Roberto Luongo on Saturday, injuring him in the process. It’s been suggested by Mike Gillis that it might not have been an accident, an accusation which Brown apparently smirked at, according to The Fourth Period’s Dennis Bernstein. The smirk irked and now fans are calling for blood. Or at least a bruise or two.

Of course, the refs will probably be prepped for any shenanigans and will likely be quick with a whistle if anyone runs Jonathan Quick or starts targeting Dustin Brown, which will only serve to get Canucks fans even more upset. This could be a gong show, except without the gongs to stop everything when things get too ridiculous.

 

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14 comments

  1. cathylu
    January 8, 2014

    Do we really have to play the Kings again?? (and the Ducks??) Not looking forward to those two games. And because I’m a glutton for punishment I’m going to be at Monday night’s game. I’m going to have to find some thick skin bacause the King fans can be real a_ _ holes.

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    • Iceman
      January 8, 2014

      May the force be with you (and Canucks) on Monday, cathylu. There are bound to be rowdy and idiotic sports fans everywhere, but I heard some of the Kings’ stand head and shoulders above the rest…

      The Kings are Hell’s Angels of the NHL, resorting to physical punishments and intimidation on every inch of the ice. And they don’t give a sh*t about respecting the other players or the dignity of the game itself. Having the dirtiest rat in the league as their captain pretty much symbolizes the team’s motto.

      I used to wonder which team I’d be leaning toward cheering if Kings and Bruins meet, but I think I know the answer now.

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      • cathylu
        January 8, 2014

        I think the thing that irritates me the most is when they play the Cartman chant on the Jumbotron. I’m a big SP fan and I’m offended that Cartman is a Kings fan.

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    • Naturalmystic
      January 8, 2014

      Really? I was at a Vancouver-Oilers game last season when a drunken Vancouver fan “accidentally” spilled his beer on a lady cheering for the Oilers. Let’s not forget the riot and Vancouver fans attacking Bruins fans after game 7. I don’t recall any other NHL city where it’s fans tried to destroy their town because the home team lost. Two years later and the Crown is still prosecuting Vancouver Canucks fans who decided it would be a good idea to set fire to police cars, loot stores, assault innocent bystanders. So tell me again how Kings fans are the worst in the NHL.

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    • akidd
      January 8, 2014

      have fun, cathylu! you could always play it safe and wear an old canucks mitchell jersey. and if someone says “nice jersey” sarcastically that’s your cue to hit ‘em with your brass knuckles:)

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      • cathylu
        January 8, 2014

        Thanks! I’ll let you know how it turns out. I’ll be wearing my white “away” jersey – maybe you’ll see me on TV if we score a goal!

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  2. Brent
    January 8, 2014

    Any chance they will get more healthy by then? Any word on henriks injury? I know Burrows and Edler are skating, any timing? Be good to have a few more bodies.

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  3. akidd
    January 8, 2014

    if it doesn’t kill you it makes you stronger, right? maybe this adversity is the very thing. playing tough teams night after night must sharpen the axe. or reduce you to a pile of mush.

    maybe this pacific division stuff really is the best thing. back in the northwest there were few games of much consequence. fans and team alike spent at least two months of the season wishing the playoffs would just get here already. getting through road trips and staying healthy were the main concerns of canuck fans plus occasional key games which were always the next harbinger of playoff success, but only symbolically valuable with the canucks usually holding a double-digit lead on that sweet 3-spot.

    not anymore. now, every point counts and every week will probably count. and with every game the pacific division rivalries will get hotter. i don’t figure too many teams will be taking it very easy on the canucks either. the kings and their fans don’t seem to have forgotten that playoff series where the NHL had to redefine “a kicking motion.” and a lot of teams on the rise have long memories. there’s going to be hardly any free rides (except for the oilers and flames. they’re not big canuck fans either but they don’t seem to be able to do much about it.)

    so ya, maybe it’s better this way. play with the best and you get better.

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    • Amor de Cosmos
      January 9, 2014

      “if it doesn’t kill you it makes you stronger, right?”

      The man who wrote that allegedly died of syphilis. So it may be a maxim that shouldn’t be tested too strongly.

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  4. Wetcoaster
    January 8, 2014

    I was just idly musing that maybe Brown ran Luongo to soften up Team Canada in preparation for the Olympics…

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  5. Aaron
    January 9, 2014

    I think the Canucks have to play LA thier way to start and for the whole 60 minutes. If LA starts running Lou again Then we need our Big guys to return the favor! Sistito, Kassian ect… If that doesnt work then when lou gets run we need to enforce it!

    GO Canucks GO!!!!!!!

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    • Naturalmystic
      January 9, 2014

      Lou was run and the team did nothing. Lack was run and the team did nothing. Vancouver goalies need to channel the insanity of Ron Hextall and take matters into their own hands.

      Ron Hextall violence

      http://youtu.be/w0XvVmBH0R0

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