on CBC's HNIC!
A third straight HNIC late game. Us eastern fans are getting quite the treat. Couple that along with TSN showing Wednesday's game, the world must coming to an end because the eastern "powers that be" are giving some attention to my pacific coast hockey.
So the Wings are badly hurting right now. Cleary, Kronwall, Lidstrom, Hasek, and Rafalski are all hurt. From my drunken view last night, it looked like Chelios also got hurt in the hightlights. Does anyone have an update on his status? Amidst the Wings being the top team in the league and aside from the Wings injury woes they've been on a horrible losing skid. They are 3-6-1 in their last 10, and 1-6 in their last 7. They played hard against the Flamers last night losing 1-0 and surely will be tired for tonights game. Who do the Canucks face in net? (N)Osgood of Jimmy Howard? I really don't care. Despite all the injuries, losing streak and lack of goaltending at the moment, the Wings still have one of the most electrifying duos in the league in Zetterberg and Datsyuk.
The Canucks on the other hand are starting get healthy, namely the D corps. Kevin Bieksa surprisingly came back last game against Nashville (at least it was a surprise for me as I thought he would be another week away). Les boys have won 3 of their last 4 and are 5-2-3 in their last ten. They currently hold the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western conference. A win tonight and a loss by Nashville (GO STARS!) would put the Canucks tied for 5th in the Western Conference along with San Jose, Calgary, and Nashville. A win tonight would be a HUGE confidence booster and I believe set the Canucks on a hot streak. My prediction tonight?
3-1 Canucks. Daniel, Linden, and Naslund the scorers. Hank gets 2 assists (only because it burn me in my hockey pool). Samuelsson for the Wings.
GO CANUCKS GO!!!
p.s. Matty, I had the advantage of being on the east today so I got to beat you to doing the thread.