We asked Ryan Kesler to share some details with us from the road - and he didn't disappoint. Ryan gives us the insider's perspective on the Canucks road trip.
It’s been almost two weeks since we’ve been on the road and this is definitely a crazy one. With three games in four nights, we spend more time on the plane than in the cities we’re visiting.
With Minny and Edmonton, we’re here so often that a nice quick trip like this fine but if we were going to California, a couple of extra days are nice. It’s 0 degrees in St. Paul right now but it feels like it’s below zero for sure.
Last year, we went to Montreal in January and it was freezing with snow covering the streets but I’d have to say it was probably my favourite trip. I don’t know what it is about that city but most of the guys will say it’s one of the best to visit. We had a couple days off while we there so we actually got to spend some time in the city and explore a little.
I’m rooming with Mike Brown right now but he’s the third roommate I’ve had since the season started. Ryan Shannon and Jannik Hansen also had to deal with me too. I was also paired with Mason Raymond during training camp.
I keep getting all the young guys – I have never heard of anyone cutting one of their roommates loose but maybe that’s why I haven’t been assigned with any of the vets – just joking!
I'm not a bad roommate - ask Alex Burrows, I was with him last year.
The new additions and rookies are fitting in just fine. They are all great guys and everyone gets along really well. Road trips and even training camp were really good for that because it really gives you a chance to get to know everyone and that helps on and off the ice.
Some places have already started playing Christmas music and all the red and green are starting to come out but it’s not even Thanksgiving yet! The “real” Thanksgiving – haha, I mean the American Thanksgiving.
It’s too early to be thinking about Christmas stuff. Our day off is actually on Thanksgiving so it will consist of me, my hotel room, and some good movies since everything will be closed in the States that day.
We’ve got an important one coming up tonight against the Wild – the last game of our eight consecutive against teams in the division, that’s a lot.
I think as a team we go into those games playing hard and smart and know that we have to carry that over to non-divisional games as well and we will move up the standings.
That’s what we’ve got to continue doing to get win in those big games, especially tonight because they’re going to want to get a win at home after they lost to us 6-2 last week.
Our non-divisional record has not been very strong this season so far so hopefully we can come up big tonight and continue that into St. Louis on Friday. More Kesler blog