Friday, January 19, 2007

Sabres to face Sabourin?

That has to be a disconcerting headline if you're a Canucks fan:
Workhorse netminder Roberto Luongo did not take shots during the morning skate in Buffalo, which is unusual as Luongo likes to have an on-ice workout with the Canucks on game days.

If they make a change in net, backup Dany Sabourin would make his fourth start of the regular season, this one against the National Hockey League's top team.



At 6:26 p.m., January 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Conventional wisdom would suggest that this might be disconcerting, but there are other ways to look at it--that is, from the perspective of a Canucks fan.

Having won the first three games of the road trip, it is not essential that the Canucks win in Buffalo. Why not, then, give Sabourin some much needed work against a team that stands to gain no points on the Canucks in the standings should they win. This, however, is certainly most dubious way of looking at it.

Alternatively, one might think that with the Canucks riding high in terms of overall team confidence, they may play better in front of Sabourin than they have done in his other starts this season.

But what really intrigues me about this game is the challenge it presents for the Canucks. The media out here in Central Canada is making a lot of hay out of the supposition that the Canucks are playing as well as they are *only* because of Roberto Luongo. While he has certainly been spectacular--and, indeed, has 'stolen' a few of the last eleven games--it is regrettable and lamentable that hockey pundits are failing to notice the Canucks have been one of the highest scoring teams in the league during that span of games, and that they are getting solid play from at least three lines a night and from their top two defence pairings. What this game represents (providing Sabourin starts) is an opportunity for the Canucks to demonstrate that they are the real deal by beating one the ostensibly 'best' teams in the league sans Luongo.

Then again, they could get murdered too!

At 6:29 p.m., January 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

(Yikes, my apologies for the omission of a word here-and-there in that post. Evidently, I typed and posted it too quickly.)

At 9:50 a.m., January 20, 2007, Blogger DCThrowback said...

Sabourin played outstanding last a Buffalo fan, I was very impressed. That tired Canuck team took advantage of weak Buffalo special teams to gain a lead late in the third. An impressive team performance...and they still got a point for their efforts.

At 2:41 p.m., January 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

More suprising is that Miller played against the Canucks and then rested against the inter-divisional rival Montreal the next night.

Was Ruff hoping Biron would play well at "home". Why rest Miller leading up to the All-Star break? That one period of work over the next week is going to be too taxing?


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