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Viggy not Jiggy with Nazzy

03/19/2007 at 4:37pm EDT
Courtesy of the all-knowing Grant Kerr at the Globe & Mail:
Vancouver will be missing injured defencemen Sami Salo and Willie Mitchell when the Canucks play the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night in the Alberta capital. But equally as more important, will Markus Naslund be missing from the power play?The Vancouver captain was yanked from the odd-man unit Saturday after a below-par performance when the Canucks beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1.Naslund has had a less than inspiring season, with 22 goals in 72 games despite oodles of power-play time, although mostly on the second unit. He has been slow moving the puck and his once feared shot no longer finds the corners of the net.Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault explained his handling of Naslund against Detroit as, "He wasn't playing well. It's as simple as that."
Kerr spends some time considering the "theory" that Naslund's performance is tied to Bertuzzi's absence. (Gee... how very "2005" of you to bring that up, Grant.) Anyway, Alexander Edler's playing tonight.And for godsakes, you can bet your season tickets that Naslund will see some power play time in this game. It's not like anyone else is scoring on the damn power play lately that can or will logically replace him.P.S. Pre-game obnoxious commentary notes were covered earlier today...P.P.S."Jiggy": I've decided to incorporate one word a day from the Urban Dictionary. No reason.Update: I had a blonde moment and I misidentified Kerr's first name. Error was pointed out by James in the comments. It's been fixed.

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