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I went to the Canucks - Sens game, and I have never seen an opponent play worse than the Sens. I just had to throw that out there.
Murray & co are very, very lucky that the WJC are in town and are providing a nice smoke screen to the team's woes....
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Jason Labarbera's MO. Have a great game. Then blow chunks the next.
Goaltending is such a mental game sometime a change of team can do wonders. Cant go to wrong for a 7th round pick.
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Murray & co are very, very lucky that the WJC are in town and are providing a nice smoke screen to the team's woes....
smokescreen??The team has been really bad for over a calendar year now...
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smokescreen??The team has been really bad for over a calendar year now...
They haven't been all that good on the road for a while and an extended road trip really should have put the spotlight on the issue. However visions of getting Travares / Hedman / etc at the draft seems to be comforting for now.
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Can't wait to see Mats debut!Here's an article from Canucks.com for my fellow Canuckleheads----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------With Mats Sundin set to make his debut in a Canucks’ uniform later this week, everybody has an opinion on what type of impact he’ll make in the second half of the season. I’m sure every holiday party you went to had its share of puck experts hangin’ out around the eggnog, more than willing to give you the gift of hockey wisdom instead of an actual present. You’ve probably heard all of these on multiple occasions:“He’s too old – this is just like the Messier signing.”“Nothing’s going to change. They should have spent the money elsewhere.”“He’s the final piece to the puzzle. Bring on the Stanley Cup!”Look – no one knows for sure what impact Sundin will have on the Canucks after missing half the season. Scott Niedermayer was subpar last year after joining the Ducks in mid-December. Both are elite players near the end of their careers. The big difference, other than the position they play, is that Niedermayer was returning to a team that was underperforming, whereas Sundin will be inserted into a lineup that has been better than many predicted. Here’s my two cents on what he’ll bring to Alain Vigneault’s crew.Points for PalsNo one knows who he’ll play with, but it may not matter. Check the stats and you’ll see that Sundin produces a point per game like clockwork, but that’s not the whole story. Every former teammate that has been interviewed over the past six months says the same thing: Sundin makes his linemates better.Not every elite player is capable of that; there are plenty of forwards around the NHL that can put up big numbers in certain situations, but they require someone else to make them effective. Sundin has been a catalyst for production wherever he has been; just ask Kyle Wellwood, who enjoyed his most productive season while playing alongside the big Swede.Pump up the Power playThe Canucks currently sit in the middle of the pack with a success rate of 17.5% with the man advantage. Sundin won’t suddenly make the power play convert on every opportunity, but he gives Vigneault a couple of attractive options.First, Sundin is more than capable of anchoring his own power play line, which should give Vancouver excellent balance between its first and second units. He had 29 power-play points last season in just 74 games. Second, his abilities to both shoot and pass the puck should allow him to play with the Sedins on the power play should Vigneault decide to load up one line from time to time. Either way, scoring should increase when the opposition is in the box.Strengthen the SedinsI believe that as the Sedins were emerging from their mother’s womb, there was a Canucks’ fan saying, “They’re not first line players.” Though their point production contradicts that statement, Daniel and Henrik have not been nearly as effective in the playoffs. But Sundin’s presence creates a problem for opposing coaches: which line do I play my checking unit and top defensive pair against?If Daniel and Henrik can average a point per game when seeing the top defenders the opposition serves up, logic dictates they should be more productive against the second tier. Given the expectation that Sundin brings with him, he will also take a significant amount of pressure off the twins, who have been the focus of every “why aren’t the Canucks scoring?” debate over the past two and a half years.Inspire the InspirerThough Sundin does upgrade the offense, he may also have a positive effect on the defense. Roberto Luongo still holds the key to the Canucks’ fortunes this season, and unless he stays healthy once he returns the Canucks’ chances diminish substantially. It’s hard to imagine that Luongo could be even better than the form he displayed just prior to his injury in November, but the addition of Sundin might make that possible. How do you improve someone who is already at or near the top of his profession? Inspire him.There is nothing Luongo wants more in hockey than the Stanley Cup, and the acquisition of Sundin should provide him with the best opportunity he’s ever had. If you thought he was focussed before, it’s conceivable that Luongo may find a way to ratchet up his play upon his return.So where does this leave the Canucks? There are way too many hypotheticals to suggest that Vancouver is poised to unseat the Sharks or the Red Wings, but their chances of doing so have certainly improved in my estimation. That said, I think this move serves notice that the Canucks are the team to beat in the Northwest. Despite injuries to their top two netminders, Vancouver is still in the thick of the race for the division title. Put a productive Sundin and a healthy Luongo in the mix, and the Canucks have an excellent shot of earning the third seed in the West.

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Luongo is apparently very close to being healthy. After he reinjured himself the reports were that he'd be out till after the all-star break and now he might be back next week. Thankfully the team held onto a playoff spot while he was gone and with him back and the addition of Sundin they should hopefully start catching back up to Calgary.On another point, last year I'm pretty sure Chicago and maybe Edmonton passed Vancouver in the standings on the last day. I was pretty happy with that because if were not gonna make the playoffs then at least we get a bit higher of a pick. That pick turned out to be Cody Hodgson, arguably Canada's best overall player at the world juniors this year. Now there were some good players that went behind him (Boychuck, Sbisa, etc.) but this kid has the all around package. Can score, can kill penalties and has great leadership. Probably not a 100+ point scorer but 80 points plus all the other things he brings to the table and he could turn out to be more valuable then almost all the other players in the draft.

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Sundin is still improving and looks like Luongo, Salo and Pyatt are getting back into the lineup soon. Exciting time for Nucks fans!

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Currently 5 back from Calgary. They also have 3 GiH. Am I the only one who thinks if we don't run off a 8-2/9-1 streak soon we're not catching up? Looking forward to Luongo coming back Thursday. Hoping LaBarbera can get us a win tonight. Time to start our push! :club:

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Raymond is going to be a good player, but right now he is struggling. He should sit over Hansen. This is what the lines should look like:Sedin - Sedin - BernierPyatt/Wellwood - Sundin - DemitraBurrows - Kesler - HansenHordichuk - Johnson - Pyatt/WellwoodSratched - Raymond

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yea its awful we are missing soemthing here just 0% cofidence.The Sendins are having a awful game tonight. Soemthing needs to happenas i type this the nightmare continues 4-0 time to change channel

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Time for Gillis to make a hard decision. A big shake up trade or can Vigneault. I hate when the coach takes the rap but if its gonna happen Pat Quinn would make for a very good short term turnaround coach.

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