Canucks in LA, Anaheim, Arizona
The final week of the Canucks season has arrived. Not exactly a gauntlet schedule, other than the fact it’s three games in four nights, and not that it really matters in the NHL big picture anyway. Losses are better than wins at this point in terms of the NHL Draft Lottery odds, unless you’re the coach.
What matters to Rick Tocchet is that his club shows some decent level of player engagement, dedication, and effort. From what he’s seen at times thus far, that might be asking a lot. In a week or so, after exit interviews with coaches and management, these players will be turning to family time, travel, golf, whatever floats their boats.
Expect some Canucks shinny this week and Elias Pettersson to pass 100 points on the season.
Have Fun, Break News
It’s not a surprise to us. The NHL site Monday posted a story in its headlines “Toews Treating Final Games As Last: Report” with reference to Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews telling a newspaper reporter he’s done in Chicago.
Well jeepers, he told ‘the little engine that could’, “Simmer’s Morning Skate” that very thing, apparently in an exclusive for Seattle Kraken and Vancouver Canucks fans, on-camera during the morning skate on Saturday.
That was a couple weeks after Dallas Stars head coach Pete DeBoer broke news for us about Tyler Seguin’s injury.
As an aside, with Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland as a game day guest on March 18th, Simmer predicted the Oilers would win the Stanley Cup.
They’ve been the hottest team in the NHL since acquiring defenseman Mattias Ekholm. They haven’t lost in regulation since March 11th. Among other things, Ekholm has had a calming effect. The Oilers used to run around in their own end and get trapped on a consistent basis.
Anyhoooo, the guests keep coming and so does the news.
Canucks game coverage coming Monday night.
Enjoy the Hockey Action !!