Game two of the opening Western Canadien road trip is tonight as the Florida Panthers visit the Vancouver Canucks after taking their lumps against the Edmonton Oilers last night. If there is one good thing about this game it’s that the Cats have the chance to erase the memory of yesterday’s contest immediately without having to have the feelings of the kicked or directed Shawn Horcoff goal eat away at them. Although if we keep seeing headlines like this, it could haunt us all year!
The Canucks will be showing off a new captain as Henrik Sedin has taken been given the captaincy for this season after Bobby Lose was told to decided that it was best that he just concentrate on stopping pucks. He should have thought about that in the playoffs last season, but that’s old news. Maybe memories linger however as the photo below could have caused Roberto some nightmares over the summer. We all know it’s easy to get into his head.
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Both teams will be looking for their first victory of the season. Vancouver forward Ryan Kesler admitted that some of the guys were a bit rusty from the offseason during their first game. The Panthers meanwhile had their chances against Edmonton, but couldn’t finish. What else is new? The Canucks have a more established team with more veterans on it than Edmonton does, but in order for the Cats to come out victorious they need to keep things simple. It doesn’t help that Vancouver is 7-0-1 including a pair of ties in the last 10 meetings between the two teams. That includes a 31 save performance by Luongo against his former team. In four starts since the trade to Vancouver, Luongo is 3-0-1 with a 1.92 GAA.
For as much as Florida controlled the game last night, they still came out on the short end of the kick stick. Tomas Vokoun only had 13 shots sent his way, but gave up three goals, all peculiar in one way or another. It wouldn’t surprise me though to see backup Scott Clemmensen get the start tonight as this is a back to back game for the Panthers. Vokoun however is 6-2-1 against Vancouver with a 2.40 GAA.
Steve Bernier and Darcy Hordichuk are ex- Canucks and should be pretty pshyced for this contest. Bernier had a solid game last night. I believe that if he continues to play that way, he should find himself on the top six sooner rather than later. While I won’t say tonight is a must win, the confidence department gets a huge boost if they can rebound from last night’s unfortunate bounce kick, and by beating a world class overrated goaltender.
Game time tonight is 10:00 P.M.
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