05/09/2011 at 10:00pm EDT
Update 5pm PT: Canucks/Predators OPEN POST -
For anyone who wants to praise Ryan Kesler, bemoan the rest of the team, or just condemn the entire state of Tennessee.
Or are we just addicted to Game 7s?
I tell you, I’m sure not. Someone on Twitter mentioned this morning (sorry, can’t recall who) that as of today, the road team has won games in these playoffs at the rate of 36-31.
Here’s hoping tonight’s Vancouver’s night because, while the whole “come from behind” thing can be fun, the “losing from ahead” experience—in yet another series—just might kill me.
My favorite Headline of the Day (as I mentioned earlier): “Canucks make team decision to join Kesler in Nashville”
Clever. And with plenty of truth behind it.
Nonetheless, I seem to be one of very few people who watched Saturday’s game that didn’t think the whole team (Kesler aside) played entirely horribly. The problem with Saturday was that every time they made a mistake, it ended up in their net. As a friend commented to me, “It was almost mystical.”
Definitely a horrible result, and as Iain MacIntyre comments in the Vancouver Sun today (via), Saturday was an evening when “sloppiness reached a critical mass.”
Also clever. Also plenty of truth there. But I wouldn’t classify it as a complete “Oh my god, this #[email protected]!! team doesn’t even care about this game!” disaster. It was sloppy, and it shouldn’t have been, but it was game 5 and it’s recoverable.
Game Notes: mostly via NHL.com
—Chris Higgins feels he’s in tonight, but left practice early.
—Jeff Tambellini will be ready to go if Higgins can’t, and took Samuelsson’s spot with Tanner Glass and Cody Hogdson this morning.
—Victor Oreskovich on the second line with Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond when the Canucks did 3-on-2 rushes.
—Alex Edler hinted he’s likely to be paired with Sami Salo
But for all of that, Alain Vigneault cautions us not to make assumptions:
“Don’t put too much into practice this morning,” Vigneault said with a smile. “We’ll see what happens tonight.”
That’s what Canucks fans ALWAYS do, Alain. Wait and see. Predicting anything when it comes to you maniacs is an exercise in futility.
But we live in hope.
*Post originally published at 12:48pm PT, bumped up at 5pm for game time