GDRC - NY Rangers @ Canucks

Cam Davie
November 03 2009 10:44AM

He will play. You KNOW he'll play! He'll play on crutches!

Memories on the 1994 Stanley Cup Final will be ressurected tonight as the New York Rangers visit the Vancouver Canucks at GM Place tonight. The thoughts of 15 years ago are bittersweet for many Canucks fans. Canucks fans hope the memories of tonight's game are just sweet.

Although the Rangers won their last contest, they have struggled of late, losing 5 of their past 7 contests. They were bolstered by the return of Marion Gaborik, who returned to the lineup after a brief stint on the injured list. Canucks fans are well aware of Gaborik from his time with the Minnesota Wild. Gaborik is a game-changer - he's a player who can produce brilliant opportunities seemingly out of nowhere. He will surely be a focus of the Canucks defence tonight.

The Canucks continue to suffer from an utterly depleted roster, which has diminished their forward lines to smattering of season starters, filled in with minor league callups and recent signees. Matt Pettinger will see his return to the Canucks squad tonight after recently inking a deal with Vancouver, in light of number of missing bodies up front.

Despite the rash of injuries, the Canucks are finding ways to win. Vancouer has posted the exact opposite result as the Rangers in their past seven games, as they have won 5 of 7. The Canucks can thank Andrew Raycroft for filling in admirably for an injured Roberto Luongo. The loss in Anaheim aside (which is a complete team debacle), Raycroft has played sharply since taking over for the Canucks captain in net. Vancouver's backup netminder currently leads the league in GAA at 1.66 and is third in save percentage at 0.932 .

The Rangers have not been scoring much lately, which has led to their recent slide. The Canucks have tightened up their defence since struggling to get out of the gate this season. The Canucks game, once again, promises to be a low-scoring, entertainment-challenged affair. Yes, that's a polite way of saying this game will likely be boring as hell. Let's hope it is as boring as their last game, where the Canucks lulled their opponents to sleep and won.

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Cam was born in Greater Vancouver, raised in Greater Vancouver, and lives in Greater Vancouver. So, yes, he's from Vancouver. He attended his first Vancouver Canucks game on Dec 26th, 1980 and has bled orange/black/red/blue+green ever since. You can reach him on Twitter @tinfoiltuque or on e-mail at tinfoiltuque(at)gmail(dot)com.
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#1 Cool Beans
November 03 2009, 11:17AM
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Luongo is signed for the next decade, so is it time to quite the captain sharade and give it to Ryan Kessler?

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#3 Sedinz
November 04 2009, 01:36PM
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Cam Davie wrote:

Yes. Yes it is. And Luongo needs to be the guy to hand over the 'C'... once the Canucks re-sign Kesler. He's a RFA at the end of the year.

They haven't allowed him to wear the C, so how can he hand it over? In all seriousness I love Luongo as much as the next fan, but having a goalie as a Captain? Weak.

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#5 Sedinz
November 05 2009, 10:01AM
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Cam Davie wrote:

I'm thinking more ceremoniously, of course.

But ya - you got my point.

Kesler is just playing all-world right now. I have an utter and unabashed man-crush on him right now. Thank god, Demitra is coming off the books at the end of this year, but Kes has got some CHEESE coming his way.

I couldn't agree more Cam. What do you think Kesler gets in terms of a contract?

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