Core Of the Matter: Now or Never?

It’s true, the Canucks version of the “Core Four” is aging. The Sedins, Kevin Bieksa and Alex Burrows are the elder statesman on the team. They aren’t those upstart young guys from Alain Vigneault’s Manitoba Moose or a couple of 1999 first round ‘wonder twin’ draft picks. They are the leaders on this team and this playoff berth shouldn’t be one they take for granted. For all they know, it could be their best and last chance at a Stanley Cup.

This could be their last real chance for a Cup. Is it time to play like playoff beasts?

This could be their last real chance for a Cup. Is it time to play like playoff beasts?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 This was the question on TSN 1040 Radio’s Midday show. Sekeres and Price thought it would be something to chime into, and as I was thinking about it driving, it could very well be it for Bieksa, Burrows and the Sedins.

Three are 34 and Bieksa is 33. 2011 was four years ago and all were in the prime of their careers. This time around, they are battling Father Time along with the critics and their opponents. So how could this actually be good for these four and guys like Vrbata, Higgins and Hamhuis, who aren’t spring chickens either.

Knowing they are all nearing the twilight of their careers, I could see these guys giving it their all, especially Henrik and Daniel. They are going to have to play their asses off and as a former teammate once told the press, “Compete like bastards!” and reach the one award that has eluded them.

Their first round opponents have a young upstart line in Monahan and Gaudreau, steadied by veteran, Jiri Hudler. Their ability to score is strong and they are fast. Their defence is mobile and are offensively minded. The Flames will give it all they have against the Canucks. Although Willie Desjardins will be rolling four lines, and the younger members of this team will have the opportunity to contribute, the Canucks “Core Four” are going to have to do this…

And this…

And definitely some of this…

It will harder this time around, but if they succeed, it will be so much more rewarding.

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Closing out the Blues and Where’s the Beef?

Closing Out the Blues

As the Canucks head into Game 4 with a 3-0 lead, I’m sure many fans, media and observers alike are thinking the “S” word. Yes that’s right, “sweep”.  Can the Canucks sweep these Blues? Sure they can. Will they? That remains to be seen.

Personally I don’t care for a sweep, it would be nice, but I am confident in the abilities of the Canucks to close the series out at some point, but they will.  I cannot see the St. Louis Blues beating Luongo four games straight. I just don’t see it.  Not with the way he has been playing, not with the way the Canucks have supported him scoring, it seems like an impossiblity.

As I said in my previous  blog, there is a recipe for playoff success that the Canucks are following. A lot of it has to do with the belief in each other. The team believes in Luongo and it’s evident that Luongo believes in the rest of the team.  So far, the Canucks have contained the St. Louis scoring threats to a minimum. TJ Oshie has not been as effective, and despite all the chances Andy McDonald has had against Luongo, he shows only one goal. The Canucks have done their job. [Read more…]