tantalum wrote:Well the team has set themselves up for one of two things:
1) they flip the switch against the Hawks and show everyone that yes they can flip that switch when they want, as they did against Boston, Detroit, and the Blues. I would appreciate if they kept it flipped for a few games in a row. I also still think they played quite well in the Coyotes game but lost because of poor goaltending and the Coyotes capitalzing on the few chances they had. The switch was flipped on.
2) they are unable to flip that switch and get creamed. The game is a wake up call and that they need to start working on things now.
I honestly expect #1 to occur for the 18 skaters. I'm not sure what will happen with the goaltending (assuming it is Luongo getting the start).
Pretty much how I see it too, Tant. Either way, we'll know tomorrow.
It's fine to want to get to the playoffs healthy and what not, but there isn't a team in the NHL that hates the Canucks more, and vice versa. Say what you want about the Canucks/Bruins animosity, THIS is the real rivalry. They absolutely hate each other and if you can't get up for these games something is most certainly wrong.
Also, I think this is the type of game where we'll see what we have in Kassian. If it goes to the trenches, and if reffing in the NHL is anything close to what we've seen these past couple months it probably will, I fully expect we'll need him to smash some mouths along the wall and in front of their net.
We'll see what Luongo we get. He should be feeling the pressure, for goalies that have played 25 games this season Schneider is 5th in GAA and 3rd in Save Percentage. IMO the best goalie should be starting come playoff time and if Luongo doesn't "turn it on" soon he should be on the bench. Since the Blues shutout he's 0-3 (didn't take the Buffalo loss) with a GAA of 4.00 and a Save % of .844. Yikes.