Canucks and Beyond
Vancouver's playoff spot is assured, so now it's just a matter of positioning... specifically, whether can they win the Northwest Division title. Tonight's game against LA can guarantee them that title, if they win and Minnesota loses to Edmonton tonight, outright. (Though really, WHO ever loses outright to Edmonton anymore? The Wild may just stay in this race for another game...) But the title crown isn't the only thing at stake in the Western Conference today. Calgary has a chance to secure it's playoff spot with a win against its rival for the spot, the Colorado Avalanche. My dislike for both teams is intense and I honestly don't care which one dies a horrible death -- as long as both suffer as much as possible in the interim. Other News:
I'm not saying this with any degree of judgment, just stating the facts -- and these are da facts: it's kinda SLUTTY to get NAKED and offer your "SERVICES" on CRAIGSLIST for CANUCKS TICKETS! Here is the NOT SAFE FOR WORK LINK! (NSFW! for those who might be functionally idiotic...) Note 1: Thanks to David at TIB. Though I'm very disturbed wondering how you found that link. Note 2: Of course, getting naked for playoff tickets would not be slutty; sometimes it's just practical. DO NOT judge me if things descend that far, dammit... Update 1pm PT I guess they got their hockey tickets -- the posting has been removed. (Maybe I shouldn't have called them "slutty". Perhaps "resourceful" would have been a better word.)
The Vancouver Canucks have blown past a one-game-under-.500 record before Christmas, to a 45-23-6 record for the season. An astonishing turn of events that doesn't just give them a solid chance at a home ice spot for the post-season -- it also puts them on the map of contenders for the President's Trophy. Are the Canucks in that class? Brendan Morrison: "I don't know if a lot of teams think we're for real. That's fine with me. Guys in here believe we can win. Whatever is said outside the room is irrelevant. In the past, guys might have got caught up in what people said. Now, nobody cares." Whatever others may or may not think, the Canucks do have a shot at it, though the current standings are tight and would almost certainly mean winning their way through the rest of the schedule. Not to mention catching a couple breaks from the competition.
I'm a big fan of the rising animosity between teams and fans this time of year. My own acrimonious and obnoxious statements about Kirk Maltby and Chris Chelios, for example -- no explanation required -- always get my Wings friends in a flutter. And commentary about the Colorado Avalanche (which commands rather a lot of my all-over-all-encompassing hockey hatred time) is also good for personal amusement. But how about the Minnesota Wild? On one of our podcast episodes a couple weeks ago, John (of RadioZoom) made mention of his impression -- from listening to rival podcasts -- that Wild fans believe Canucks fans refuse to genuinely reciprocate their dislike of us. Not enough respect, generally. Well, I wasn't sure what to think other than, "I'm trying to hate them. Really!" Then today, courtesy of NHL Digest, I came across this fantastic quote at Wild Puck Banter:
"Speaking of the Canucks, I just wanted to let you all know that I'm working on a list of my Top 5 Most Hated Canucks of all time. Narrowing down to five is proving to be a difficult task, but it should be done by tomorrow night. Suggestions are welcome in the comment box."That's awesome. But since I can't really offer up 5 Wild players I particularly hate in return (frankly, I'd rather kidnap and keep Pavol Demitra and Brian Rolston; and maybe Marian Gaborik during the 3 weeks a year that he's healthy) I'll try and make an effort in the future. The image accompanying this post (originally posted a few weeks ago) is the best I can come up with at the moment. But I'll put some thought into it and figure out some other rude angles. Hockey hatred needs to be encouraged... I'd hate to think I'm not doing my part.
About Canucks and Beyond
Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.
In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.
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