The Vancouver Canucks are the #1 team in the NHL (by 7 points). They’ve played one more game than the Red Wings and two more than the Flyers, but they’re in the lead by more than the maximum possible points in those games. Cory Schneider stopped all 26 of the Ducks’ shots to give the Canucks a shutout in the second of their back to back games this weekend in southern California and complete the SoCal sweep. (The Canucks beat the Kings 3-1 yesterday afternoon in LA.) Schneider said having a shutout at this level was “a good milestone and something to build on,” though he also mentioned that at this point in the season the win was more important than reaching this milestone. All the Canucks spoke highly of Schneider. Daniel Sedin even said “we don’t see him as a backup, he’s shown that he can play on any given night.”
Though the Canucks were the visiting team at Honda Center, you wouldn’t have known it from the crowd noise or the number of Canucks jerseys (especially in the lower concourse). Ducks fans started chanting “Let’s go Ducks” at the beginning of the game, but were quickly drowned out by the “Go Canucks go” cheer. At least from the TV broadcast it was probably difficult to tell the difference between Ducks and Canucks…
Ellis didn’t play badly and he’s 3-2 since coming to Anaheim, but after allowing 3 goals in only 16 shots (only .813 save percent), one has to wonder if Emery will be making an appearance in a game for Anaheim.
Since the western conference is still very tight, had the Ducks won tonight’s game, they would have moved into 8th place in the conference, but since they lost in regulation and Minnesota lost in overtime, the Ducks moved down to 10th. Clearly, the playoff race will be interesting until the end of the season.