The Week Ahead: Goodbye, California; hello, Alberta!

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?


Wednesday, January 15th
Away vs the Anaheim Ducks

The Canucks close out a nasty six-game stretch against the league’s best teams with a visit to the league’s best team, the Anaheim Ducks. At the time of this writing, the Ducks have 75 points, good for first in the NHL, they’re 9-1-0 in their last 10, and they’re riding a seven-game point streak. Furthermore, the Canucks haven’t beaten the Ducks this season, dropping a 3-1 decision back in November and then collapsing late in a game back on the 5th to give Anaheim a 4-3 overtime win. All of this is to say: the Canucks are totally due.

Thursday, January 16th
Away vs the Phoenix Coyotes

The Coyotes are, in captain Shane Doan’s own words, “not very good”. They’re six points back of the Canucks for the final wild card spot with just two games in hand, however, so they’re hardly out of it, and this is an important game for both clubs. The Canucks look fairly comfortable in their wild card spot right now, but they’d be far more so if they could pull off a four-point swing versus one of the teams looking to catch them.

Saturday, January 18th
At home vs the Calgary Flames

Speaking of teams that aren’t very good, the Canucks return home for a Hockey Night in Canada tilt with the Flames. You’ll notice that after a few weeks of playing some very difficult teams, things are beginning to soften right up. The Flames are bad. Grown Ups 2 bad. The only team in the Western Conference with a worse record is the Edmonton Oilers.

Tuesday, January 21st
Away vs the Edmonton Oilers

And wouldn’t you know it, they’re up next. After two trips to California in two weeks, the Canucks will no doubt relish leaving the sunny SoCal for Alberta. This is a sentence you’ll only hear in hockey writing. I think we can all agree that California is a much better vacation spot, especially in January. Jenny Scrivens certainly prefers it. Poor Jenny Scrivens.


  1. DanD
    January 15, 2014

    Hooray for Alberta!

    I would also have accepted: “The Flames are ‘Jack and Jill’ bad.” :)

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  2. akidd
    January 15, 2014

    poor jenny scrivens, indeed! i’m sure ben is probably trying to sell her on the long summers as we speak.

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  3. Naturalmystic
    January 15, 2014

    Was tonight a moral victory, losing 9-1, refusing to be shut out? This game should be an eye opener for Vancouver fans who were deluded that Their team was still elite or could possibly hang with Anaheim. Anaheim could easily have scored three more goals against the second tier fail whales. Looking ahead to Phoenix, this is a do or die game for Vancouver. I

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    • naturalmystic
      January 15, 2014

      oops, hit submit.

      If Vancouver fails to come out guns blazing, hitting everything that moves and loses then you will see this team is nothing more than pretenders. I think Don Cherry would refer to Vancouver as sweethearts. The LA game was an abberation.

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      • SomeAnon
        January 16, 2014

        Serious question, is this the only blog you troll? Or do you have a big checklist of blogs you read through and troll everyday? I’m just curious about the psychology of someone who actually takes time out of their day everyday to read and comment on a blog for a team they don’t like. It’s actually pretty fascinating in a pathetic sort of way.

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      • shoes
        January 17, 2014

        I would have guessed the “Alberta” in the header would have attracted you like a swamp attracts a hillbilly. Exactly like it in fact.

        I have no sympathy for the lovely Mrs Scrivens. You marry a boy from Alberta and sooner or later you end up back there …..tending chickens and cows and dancing in a line, while saying thing like “shore ’nuff” and “hot diggity darn” . In addition to that goodbye Beemer and hello Dodge truck or 8.5 ton SUV. Also hollywood will fade as a memory to be replaced by West Edmonton mall and its “over 200 fun things to do”

        But about the Canucks. Its about time our schedule has softened up. We had the worst one in the Pacific so far and probably the worst in the league, but the next 34 are infinitely better.

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