We all know the Canucks by now. They’re led by the Sedin brothers – who are both averaging just under a point per game this season – and Roberto Luongo in net. Since the Mats Sundin signing, Ryan Kesler has moved to wing to play with Sundin and Pavol Demitra on the second line, which gives the Canucks a rather deep attack.
Tonight will be the Canucks’ third game in four nights, with the team splitting the previous two, including a loss in St. Louis and a win in Colorado. Following tonight’s bash, the ‘Nucks end their current five-game road trip on Tuesday in Minnesota.
For the ‘Hawks, I think we’ll see the same defensive set-up, including Khabibulin in net, and Colin Fraser in between Ben Eager and Dustin Byfuglien on the fourth line. And, if Friday night’s intense national anthem was any indicator, I think this evening’s game will be a fun one.
Tim Sassone and the Daily Herald should consider disabling comments on Sassone’s blog, Between the Circles. Tim’s army has recently pegged 20 year-old Patrick Kane as an “underachiever.”
And, while Kane surely has a lot of maturing to do – including pretending to care in the defensive zone – I would prescribe deep breaths for all ‘Hawk fans for treatment of this ailment. At 20, Kane has already won the NHL’s Calder Trophy and will likely score at least 70 points for the second straight season. At the same time, he’s the youngest ‘Hawk and already one of the league’s most feared players on the power play.
Forklift once crapped himself in a Denny’s at 20.
Anyway, the talk reminds me a lot of the Jonathan Toews talk during the beginning portion of the season when one post-game caller into WGN Radio even recommended a trip to Rockford for the ‘Hawk captain. A few months later, Toews has re-established himself as one of the ‘Hawks’ best players and could have 35 goals by the time all is said and done.
Bottom line: just like the ‘Hawks themselves, individual players have their ups and their downs during a season. It’s not wise to judge a player by either, though, so resist the urge to call it a career for this right winger who shaves once a month.