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.