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.”