The Canucks are off to an auspicious start at 4-2-3 through nine games with 24 goals for and 18 against; Vancouver is tied for second in the Pacific Division with 11 points.
The highlight of the season so far is undoubtedly the 5-1 win over the undefeated Montreal Canadiens in Vancouver’s first home win of the season. When they play a full-60 minutes as a team, good things happen.
As the team travels to Dallas today, we’ll explore 6 Things we’re pleased with (wins aside), with backing from movie quotes, as the players are unavailable for comment.
Vancouver’s game against Montreal was easily the biggest of this young season. How did 19-year-old McCann respond? With two goals, the first and third scores, to ignite the offence in a monster win. Did we mention those goals were scored on Carey Price, the same Carey Price who came into the game with seven wins in seven starts, a 1.29 goals against average and a .961 save percentage? McCann now leads the Canucks in goals with four through seven games.
“The Force is strong with this one” - Darth Vader, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
MIXING IT UP
Speaking of McCann, all four of his goals have been scored on home ice, meaning 'TSUNAMI' by DVBBS & Borgeous has played four times. Why? Because McCann made it so. In moving to personalized goal songs this season, the players choose their own music and McCann went with a techno beat. Eight Canucks have scored goals at Rogers Arena so far this season lending to a nice mix of rock, country and hip-hop. As each player scores, their song is revealed in-bowl and on-line at Canucks.com/goalsongs. Now you know.
“You can tell a lot about a person by what's on their playlist” – Dan, Begin Again
NO RUST ON PRUST
Jim Benning had method to his madness. All GMs do. He brought in tough guy Brandon Prust for a reason, as he explained pointblank at the Canucks Summer Summit last July. “I don’t want our younger players getting picked on this year. I want them to go out, be able to play and feel comfortable. With Dorsett and Prust in the line-up, they’re going to create a safe working environment for our young players.” That they have. Prust hasn’t been here long and is already a fan favourite. He fights, he hits, he plays with heart and he’s creating the safe working environment envisioned by Benning. That’s a win, win, win, win. The only downside is that Prust has yet to fight on home-ice; some thought he might drop the mitts against the Canadiens, his former team, but he’s too classy for that. Instead he assisted on two goals to hit Montreal where it really hurt.
“You gonna do somethin'? Or are you just gonna stand there and bleed?” - Wyatt Earp, Tombstone
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN HUTTON
He’s a 22-year-old rookie, yet plays like a 32-year-old veteran. That’s Ben Hutton, the happiest person you’ve ever been around. Think five-year-old who just got a puppy and is on his way to the candy store happy. His easy-going personality reminds me of Chris Tanev, and they’re similarly cool, calm and collected beyond their years on the ice. That and Hutton is chipping in offensively. His four assists puts him second in Canucks helpers and fifth for NHL rookies, one back of Connor McDavid. Hutton wasn’t expected to make the team this season, he wasn’t hyped or really discussed at all. Now there’s no talking about Vancouver’s defence without including him. No wonder he’s always smiling.
“I just like to smile! Smiling's my favorite” – Buddy, Elf
Let the good times roll. We’ve had three themed nights so far (Opening Night, Rockin’ the Rog & 20 Years of Moments), but the best is yet to come. For the basketball fans out there, Grizzlies Night on November 2nd is going to be a special night complete with – actually I’m not at liberty to reveal the details, but it’s awesome. For those unable to celebrate 20 years of moments live, we’ve got your back. Check out www.PlayCanucks.com/twentymoments to help decide what the top Rogers Arena moment is, plus you could win 10 pairs of Canucks tickets and 10 pairs of concert tickets just for weighing in. It’s that easy? It’s that easy!
“Excellent" – Bill, Ted, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
“Miller is giving us a chance to win every game and that's all we can ask for from our goaltender.” Willie Desjardins said it best, post-game Tuesday. Ryan Miller has been stellar allowing three goals or less in eight of nine games so far and one or less in four starts, including a shutout. As Desjardins noted, the Canucks have been in every game thanks to Miller as Vancouver has yet to lose by more than a goal. With Jacob Markstrom still on the shelf because of injury, Miller has fully carried the load and responded to the early season pressure like only the Vezina winner could. He’s earned a break and will likely get it during upcoming back-to-back games in Dallas and Arizona Thursday and Friday. Richard Bachman, step right up.
“SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSMOKIN'!” - Stanley Ipkiss/The Mask, The Mask