This is Orland Kurtenbach. He was the first big star on the left coast when the Canucks started playing NHL hockey in fall 1970. They were a pretty good team from the start (if HF had been up and running, the Canucks boards would have had posts with titles like “Tallon for the All-Star Game!”) but have never really had a prolonged period of success.
The Canucks had a 9-year head start in the NHL, but they’ve never been close to the Oilers in terms of excitement and quality. Oilers history is rich with HOFers and Stanleys, the Canucks have two trips to the finals (a fluke and a heartbreaker) and specific players who had an impact (Bure was a beauty).
Tonight, the Canucks boast a stronger lineup and the twin piss-cutters will almost certainly romp over Rexall.
Why? The curious choice of putting Zack Stortini on the line that will mark the Sedins (and whoever their winger is, probably Rick Blight). I can’t imagine this ending well, in fact it will very likely end early.
Craig MacTavish is a very smart guy. What does he know that we don’t know about Stortini as a shadow?