Vancouver Canucks vs St. Louis Blues
The Canucks own website is making this matchup into a Battle of Cinderellas, which is a bit of a stretch when you consider their own team just won the NW Division. But it’s to be expected—every team wants to pretend to be an underdog. It’s a good psychology to attack a playoff series with.
But by that unfortunate analogy, it seems the Canucks are going to have to beat up a whole lot of princesses to get to the Stanley Cup Finals. Starting with the Blues.
Meanwhile, in honor of round one of the 2009 NHL Playoffs, here’s the start of a new selection of Canucks hockey cards.
No one is likely to underestimate the importance of Roberto Luongo. Where he goes, the team goes, as the saying goes. (*accidental rhyming; many apologies). But just in case he lets in a few shockers to make the entire hockey world over-react like the panicked parents of hot teenaged girls, below are some other guys that might have an impact…
Beeska/Beekska/Beesak is a mean guy. Ornery and sorta evil (but in a cute, fun way for Canucks fans). He embraces his anger and passes it forward. He’s like Santa… but for people who deserve to be hurt.
Burr is the Canucks secret weapon, though he’s now got to be the worst kept secret in the NHL. Yet he’s still effective in almost every single situation on the ice… if not every situation. Cute and fuzzy, but with a sharp set of claws.
The two-headed monster, Daniel edition: 82 points in 82 games. Durable as a rubber ball.
The two-headed monster, Henrik edition: Also 82 points in 82 games. Also durable. Rumored to be less rubbery.
Some might make fun of Darcy Hordichuk for a photo like this. (I’ve been known to myself.) But seriously… any guy so self-confident he’s willing to be seen and photographed walking around Yaletown with tiny mice-like dogs, is a man to be reckoned with. Be f#*king’ afraid, Backes…
Kesler was just named the team’s most valuable player. Superman’s cape needs a ‘K’; someone needs to get busy with that.
There’s no point to the imagery of this card, but man, those ears... awesome. And maybe those little carrots can help put an end to the Wellwood-Can-Haz-Cheezburger jokes.
The unsung hero of the team. Worse comes to worst, we’ll hear plenty about him later.
More cards to come as the series gets underway. Mats Sundin, for instance, is going to have to earn his shiny new card against St. Louis.