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Thursday, November 09, 2006

From the Huh? Department

I saw this story heading on NHL.com,
"What a difference a year makes, as the Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks are in position for a playoff run,"


Reading the story, I learned that,
"the Vancouver Canucks – the other Northwest team to miss the playoffs last season – are another team in the division that would make the playoffs if the season ended today."


and that this is because,
"In Vancouver, the Canucks are enjoying a level of goaltending stability absent in recent years. Off-season addition Roberto Luongo has started all but one of the Canucks’ first 16 games. He has a .913 save percentage, which is a good thing, considering the Canucks struggle to score goals."


Just one problem with this scenario: the Canucks are only on pace for 87 points this year - last year they got 92. The only reason Vancouver is currently in a playoff position is because they have played more games than all the other teams in the conference (except the hopeless Kings). And somehow I'm thinking that the games played situation will have resolved itself by the end of the season.

2 Comments:

  • I'll stand by my prediction - Vancouver's missing the playoffs - but I have to say that I'm not as pessimistic as I was. Even in the pasting the Canucks took at the hands of Anaheim, rookie D Coulombe looked very dangerous on the attack, and Edler has played a solid three games. And of course, Bourdon is coming up, and Bieksa is looking better and better with more ice time.

    With the young forwards, well... I like the way Burrows has been playing...

    Meaning in three or four years, we'll have a great defence.

    Luongo, of course, will have long since been traded away after the fans start booing him next month, and keep it up for the next season and a half. *snark*

    By Blogger Thursday, at 3:37 PM  

  • A million monkeys pounding a million keyboards for a million days would not produce Shakespeare.

    But they would, of course produce a pretty decent copy of all the swill on NHL.com

    .

    By Blogger Gazetteer, at 3:06 PM  

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