Measuring stick game, IMO. A second loss in a row, even if they both WERE to top-flight competition, could really wreak havoc on the confidence of a team that has shown themselves prone to what might be described as a lack of "mental toughness" through the season. A bounce-back win, on the other hand, especially against the hated 'Nucks, would make the Boston loss look much more like what we hope it was - a tough loss to a tough opponent who was just better than the Kings were that night... instead of appearing as the beginning of the end of the hopes for this post-season.
It seems that whenever a star player goes down their team responds positively and everyone elevates their game for the first litle bit. Hopefully in Vancouver that little but was two games.
Lets go LA!!
If we win this game, we are really in the drivers seat. After this, we don't play another game against a team with a better record than us in the standings (as of this moment).
Big if, the Nucks need to get going and will be jacked up to play a possible first round opponent, but it'll be a good test to see how we rebound from the lose on Saturday. Here's pulling for a Kings win, Stars loss and a Sharks loss.
I think I hurt Puck's feelings when I said that if the Kings lose to BOS it was his fault for putting the GDT up before midnight...then the Kings lost
Anyways, VAN has not been playing very well of late, and with the division locked up and little chance (IMO) of catching STL for 1st VAN has nothing to play for. Hopefully the Kings can steal one here, takes alot of the pressure off for the EDM-MIN back to back swing this weekend...
A few weeks ago Drew Doughty put his hatred for the Ducks at an eight on a scale of one to 10. And he didn’t need any time thinking about an answer to the follow up question either, ‘Which team registers more than an eight?’
“The Canucks are definitely a 10,” said Doughty. “We hate every single guy on that team."