The Boston Bruins(22-8-2) will be finishing off their Canadian road trip against the Vancouver Canucks(19-10-5) tonight. The Bruins have won their last four games despite the fact their injury roster has encompassed nearly a third of their team. The Canucks have won every game so far this December. So, what should we expect tonight in this match up?
Let’s start with the fans. I’d like to remind the Canucks fans who will be reading this that is in fact, not some cosmic do-over of June 15th, 2011. That if the refs penalize one of their players, this is not some massive conspiracy against your team to destroy your chances of holding your first Stanley Cup ever. When the Canucks play a technical game, they’re a very good franchise. When they attempt a play style that is more in line with the Canadiens, it hasn’t gone to well for you. So, as long as your team doesn’t poke(or bite) the bear, it will be a clean game.
Also, try not to start a riot if the Bruins beat you tonight. I certainly don’t remember Causeway Street on fire when the Blackhawks had our number last year. It’s a pity, I had always thought the Canucks as an excellent team, it’s a shame their fan base has soured my appreciation of them.
Now, let’s move on to the franchise. Got to admire how they kept it classy on their website. How loud are you expected to boo the Bruins? One would think they were going to beat you 4-0 in your stadium and dash your chances for a Stanley Cup. (Vancouver Canucks)
No ways about it, it will be a rough game. The Canucks will breathe a sigh of relief that we don’t have Shawn Thornton. The Canucks will attempt to capitalize on our bruised up roster. We can expect to see the Sedin brothers against the Chara defensive line at every available opportunity. We can expect old grudges to be played out. Look forward to seeing Milan Lucic in the sin bin for fighting (also expect to see Jarome Iginla and Brad Marchand in there). I would hate to see this turn into another Bruins-Penguins game, but if the Canucks up the ante early, it will degenerate into one of those games.
It’s been a long and ugly trip for the Bruins as they have crossed Canada. Let’s hope they can finish up the road trip with a nice late dinner of sushi.