Canucks and Beyond

Schedule Schmedule

03/25/2008 at 2:30pm EDT

From Dave Tomlinson at The Province:

With the biggest factor being home-ice advantage at this time of the year, the Vancouver Canucks get the nod for the most favourable schedule since they finish the regular season with four straight games at GM Place. Combine that with the fact that after their next two games in Calgary and Minnesota on consecutive nights, they don’t have to play another back to back set this year. With their season-ending home schedule, they stay in their own time zone until the playoffs start.

Sounds great? Well…

From Elliott Papp at the Vancouver Sun:

The Canucks have a daunting schedule, though. Beginning with Tuesday’s outing in Calgary, they play three times in four nights (all on the road), four in six and seven in 12 to close out the season.

The experts have spoken: Love the schedule. Fear the schedule. Accept the fact that no one knows what they’re talking about.

Points is a different story though—everyone agrees that the magic number to collect is “9”. Elliot Papp proposes that a 4-2-1 schedule down the stretch should go down well while reading our morning sports scores, sending the Canucks hurtling into play off position nicely.

I expect Vancouver will indeed make it, but sweet geezus, I hate predicting such things. To do so hints at optimism and hubris—both things that the hockey gods love love to punish—yet I had no choice. The NYT hockey blog demanded an opinion from the fans of teams “on the playoff bubble.”

So I’ll link to it directly when they put it up later. A brilliant 10,000 word feature piece on all the reasons I believe the Canucks will be playoff gold.

Really.

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