Canucks News Catchup – Daniel Sedin, Good Hockey and Injury Replacements
By Pete Edney
The Canucks are coming off the back of a nine-game stretch which gives us a pretty decent idea of how good this team is. Before I get into that though it’d be remiss of me to be writing this week and not to mention Daniel Sedin.
Daniel notched up his 1000th game Sunday night in a 4-1 home win over the Blackhawks (more of that later). The Sedin twins have been huge for this franchise over the last decade and both will leave one heck of a legacy on and off the ice long after they leave Rogers Arena.
Vancouver marked the game with a fitting tribute ahead of the Chicago match-up that served as a reminder of some of their best memories. The greatest thing about Daniel and Henrik is that the special moments keep coming – there’s at least one from this season already and it was pretty sweet (Sens fans look away now):
A Strong Stretch
So Sedin tribute aside let’s take a look at to those last nine games. The standings look pretty good right now. Actually scratch that, they look very good and far better than most fans would have predicted at the start of the post-Torts era.
In those nine games Vancouver had six wins, two losses and a shootout defeat. Not too shabby, not too shabby at all. Especially when you consider it began with a road-trip that saw the Canucks take on the Avs, Sharks, Kings and Ducks – and come away with six points.
Much of the success on that road-trip was down to the aforementioned Sedins and their new line-mate Radim Vrbata. Vancouver’s new number 17 (we don’t talk about the old one) has slotted into that top-line like he’s played there his whole career and has already banged in 10 goals so far this season.
It’s not all been joy and happiness though. The game against the Ducks in BC last week came at a price – Dan Hamhuis. Poor Hammer went down in a heap after what looked like a fairly innocuous incident initially. There’s been little news on his condition since but rumours suggest he’s set to miss a substantial amount of time, maybe even months.
There’s already been much speculation about who might replace him. Young Frankie Corrado was instantly recalled for the short term and may be the stop-gap until Hamhuis returns. However there’s a chance, probably depending on how the upcoming road-trip goes, that Benning could dip into free agency or even look to make a trade. That would probably depend on how serious the Hammer injury is but that hasn’t stopped some fans beginning the Sami Salo campaign already!
This road-trip around the Eastern Conference will be another good tester for how well the Canucks can do this season. With games against it looks a great opportunity to get more points on the board and edge closer to a return to the play-offs.
After the wholesale back office changes of the summer there’s a really positive vibe around the Canucks at the moment and it doesn’t look like it’ll change anytime soon.
Bo Ho gives a glimpse of the future
To say there’s a lot of pressure on young Bo Horvat’s shoulders is a bit of an understatement. He’s comfortably the best prospect Vancouver received in the series of trades that saw Schenieder and Luongo depart. This week he’s really started to deliver: a goal against the Ducks followed by three assists (yes, three) against the Blackhawks suggests he might just stick around in Vancouver beyond his nine games this season.
Honey Badger Hansen can’t stop scoring!
Everybody loves a tryer and they don’t come any more tenacious and persistent than Denmark’s Jannik Hansen. He’s had a fight on his hands just to get in the line-up this season but has taken his chance scoring four goals in the last two games. And that included a hat-trick against the Blackhawks, imagine!
Goalie drama, what goalie drama?
Ryan Miller is so damn boring… and I couldn’t be happier. For the first time in a long time the goalie situation is simple. Miller starts, unless it’s a back-to-back and then Eddie Lack gets a game. Not a hint of a diva in sight.
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