Theatre Is The Life Of You: Canucks @ Hawks Preview
These guys again, hey?
Last time out the Hawks escaped the Rogers Arena in Vancouver by the skin of their teeth, thanks mainly to an outstanding performance from Corey Crawford who withstood a late Nucks siege after the Hawks scored twice in nine seconds to erase an early 5-on-3 goal from Ryan Kesler. Since then both team have been hot as hell, with a successful Circus Trip for the Hawks leading onto a series of 6-goal games. The Canucks also went on a hot streak, winning 7 in a row until they lost in a Shootout to Minnesota and then got walloped by the Stars last night. Obviously, the Hawks had their own unhappy landings against Minny, Anaheim and Toronto. They also don’t have Crawford and Antti Raanta makes his 8th consecutive start tonight.
Vancouver’s hot streak has done little for them in the Pacific standings ( a sign of just how bloody tough that Division and this Conference is) as they’re still outside the automatic Playoff places behind Anaheim, LA and San Jose. They also have Phoenix breathing down their necks. Not a place for the faint of heart and there is still plenty of heart in this Nucks team. The Sedins are no longer being asked to play 25+ minutes a night and they seem to have found their 2nd line center in Mike Santorelli.
Roberto Luongo dropped a couple of Dummerheits last night that I’m sure he’d love to have back. Word from Vancouver is that capable back-up Eddie Lack may get the start tonight. As for the rest of the Nucks.. well, we know all about these guys by now, so I asked Kent Basky, who writes for the very fine Vancouver blog Nucks Misconduct, for his opinions on a few things. As ever, questions are mine, answers are in italics and all Kent.
I also got to answer a few questions for Kent on NM, which you’ll find here
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