How many ways can we say "must win"? This is a funny week since Phx, Edm, Vcr all play each other, and are competing for the final playoff spot. Just in case you didn't notice, both Phoenix and Edmonton are clear and present danger, only 5 points behind. To add to the danger, both are sporting hot goalies. Bryzgalov shut the boyz out only 4 days ago, and is 7-4-0 with a 1.82 GAA w/ 2 shutouts prior to their loss to Edm on Saturday. Roloson comes off a 48 save performance last night over the Sharks, ending their 11 game winning streak, and a 38-save performance over Phx on Saturday (celebrated in the previous GDT--but maybe we were too quick to celebrate!). Edmonton seems to be relishing their spoiler role too much, and is making a run for it. So the Nucks
So Vancouver is going to be facing two desperate teams this week, with hot goalies, who are gunning for our playoff spot. And, as Mattola has pointed out in no uncertain terms, the Nucks are frustratingly inconsistent. Just look at the previous GDT. Although it was a win against a top opponent at an important time, the Nucks were hot and cold, and you can see a lot of glass half empty or half full kind of posts.
Let's go with the glass was half full: the "new" line of Pettinger-Naslund-BMo played well, Luongo was solid, there were some great chances at the other end, and a lot of players were playing like they cared. And it's St Pattie's in Vcr, and isn't BMo Irish, and maybe Ryan Kesler and Shannon as well?--so fill your beer mugs with optimism, and look for a 3-1 win with those guys scoring to the one got by the Irish Doan.
(And if Shannon doesn't play, then it'll be one of the other temporary Irish players, like a Sedin, or a Salo, or whoever).