The Week Ahead: Canucks visited by other lowly teams, the Predators and Sabres

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?

It’s a relatively quiet week for the Canucks. No travel. Just two home games. Plenty of time to sit there and think about what they’ve done.

Wednesday, March 19th
Home vs the Nashville Predators

It’s a sign of how far the Canucks have fallen that we look at a home gate versus the worst team in the Central Division, and one of just two teams in the Conference that’s scored fewer goals than the Canucks, and we say, oooooh a winnable game. Time was, most games the Canucks played were winnable, on the basis that the Canucks are good. But now, with the Canucks’ goodness in question, we have to look to the badness of their opponent.

Badness: Nashville has it. They can’t score, and for the first time in ages, they can’t defend much, either. That’s a good sign for a Canucks team that’s on the ropes. Vancouver’s still a longshot to make the playoffs, but they should be able to marginally improve their chances here. And if they can’t, well, then they really don’t deserve to be in the playoffs anyway.

Monday, March 23rd
Home vs the Buffalo Sabres

Canucks and Sabres. So deep runs their expansion kinship that even now, over forty years later, they’re in the basement together. Do you like goals? We sure as heck hope not, because this game probably won’t have any. The two worst goal-scoring teams in hockey come together for what’s sure to be a game of aggressive chipping and chasing.

Much like the Predators, the Sabres are so bad that the desperate Canucks really have no excuse for losing this game. But they still might! This will be a great game to hate-watch. Take to Twitter and lovingly make fun of your favourite team as they try desperately to beat hockey’s worst franchise. Brush up on your biting wit beforehand by watching old British comedies, and go for the Oscar Wilde Trophy for Excellence in Gallows Humour, won by the former British satirist for his famous last words: ”Either that wallpaper goes or I do.”

10 comments

  1. 5minutesinthebox
    March 19, 2014

    As much as I love hump day, it probably shouldnt happen twice in the same week.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      March 19, 2014

      That’s super-weird. Somehow the post reverted back to a very specific auto-save, between when I copy-pasted the first date for formatting and had finished changing it to the second. I hate this website sometimes.

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  2. DanD
    March 19, 2014

    Please actually give out that award after the Canucks-Sabres game. Please.

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  3. Char Richo
    March 19, 2014

    Just think how much we could improve our draft position if we lose to the Predators AND the Sabres! Go PredSabres!

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    • akidd
      March 19, 2014

      nope, shaping up for a murphy’s law season all around. if the hockey gods have their way the canucks will finish 9th, tortorella will get another season, and booth will end the season with a flurry of goals and/or get an injury that will keep him out for about 3 months.

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  4. akidd
    March 19, 2014

    wow, will the thrills never end for canuck fans?

    there was a time when playing a couple of bad teams could have really come in handy. actually that did happen and it didn’t come in handy. hmmm…beat florida in a shootout though. woo hoo!

    yup, so much for the mansion on the hill. it was nice digs while it lasted. at least we can still speak with a haughty accent while pushing our shopping carts up the alley. “2011, my dear chap, 2011….have you got a quarter, by any chance? my accountant seems to have misplaced my trust fund.”

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  5. akidd
    March 19, 2014

    so…the comment section is completely broken now? i’m getting a little worried for pitb at this point. is the sun gonna pare down its canuck coverage? are towels being thrown all around?if we can’t comment, it partly defeats the purpose in this age.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      March 19, 2014

      In the common PITB parlance, “Don’t flip the pool.” The comments section isn’t exactly broken, but it’s switched to a mode that requires us to approve all comments, rather than just those from new commenters. We don’t know why it’s done that and we haven’t been able to switch it back just yet, but we’re working on it.

      Comment approval has slowed a bit because I’m currently on vacation and it’s just me and Harrison moderating the comment section. If Harrison has another commitment to take care of, the comments can get a little backlogged.

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      • akidd
        March 19, 2014

        oh, well that’s better then…kinda. had the feeling that it was all going the way of the canuck food workers. and enjoy your vacation. get those tee times while you can.

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      • Chrìs
        March 20, 2014

        Why don’t you guys pick a comment moderator?

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