A Northwest Canadian invasion occurs tonight as the Vancouver Canucks who are on their world road tour come to town to face the listless Florida Panthers. Both teams are now struggling as Florida has scored 13 goals in 11 games and is in the midst of a four game losing streak. While the Canucks will try avoiding losing four of their last five games.
Vancouver is in the middle of a horrendous 14 game road trip that will be broken up by the Olympic break and has some offensive struggles of their own as they have scored four goals in three games. Something must give here tonight as the Canucks posses some offensive weapons such as the Sedin Sisters, Daniel and Henrik. along with the aggitating Alex Burrows their top line however has only one assist in those four games.
It will also be a bit of a homecoming (who cares) for former Panther goalie Roberto Luongo. Luongo however showing that he is human is 1-2 in his last three starts with a 3.28 GAA and an .888 save percentage. Too bad, as I do not wish him any success. EVER.
Florida meanwhile as we know is having problems finding the net. It’s that white mesh thing at the back end of each zone boys! Scoring is off, timing of passes is off, and they have been pretty lethargic as of late. Steven Reinprecht has no points in his last 11 games and Rostislav Olesz has none in his last 10 games. yet these guys continue to get time on the second line. To make matters worse, Olesz just broke his hand! Perfect. Can’t trade that useless grunt now.
General Manager Randy Sexton went on a tirade after the loss to Carolina Tuesday night. Some sort of a reference like, this is similar to the Titanic! Promising changes if not now, then in the offseason. Good move Randy. Going public to blast your team is one thing. Promising that something will happen is another. Did you know that Olesz broke his hand before you said that? This is why somethings should not be said in the media.
Now the pressure is squarely on your nose sir. You will need to make a move. Or two.
As talented as Vancouver’s offence is, there struggles won’t last long. The Panthers seem to be the perfect antedote for their ills. Sorry to say, but I’m not hopeful of this one. But i will be there to watch. UGH!
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