December a time for Canucks to leapfrog 0
Dec 8, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler (17) scores against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere (35) and forward Gabriel Landeskog (92) during the third period at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 3-1. (Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)
Can a November to forget (4-5-4) suddenly develop into a December to remember for the Vancouver Canucks? (4-0 through Dec. 8)
With a difficult condensed Olympic schedule ahead for most teams, the Canucks December is far from demanding.
A quick perusal at the opposition this month should reassure Canucks fans that this is probably the month to make their move.
The Canucks, however, will face a pair of elite Stanley Cup favourites, Chicago at 7-1 and Boston at 9-1, but the rest of December pretenders stack up like this ... Colorado 16-1, Minnesota 16-1, Philadelphia 35-1, Winnipeg 75-1 and Calgary 350-1. Fulfilling their role as the Baltic Avenue of the NHL is Edmonton at 400-1.
But what are the odds of Vancouver taking advantage of this semi-sweetheart schedule and vaulting back into a comfortable playoff position alongside side the elite teams and finally winning this elusive mug?
Well, according to one of the more reputable sports books in the United Kingdom, 25-1.
Sounds about right to me. Of course your definition of reputable could be swayed if I told you another team by the name of the Toronto Maple Leafs also shared the exact same odds.
No wonder players and coaches use all that ‘one-game-at-a-time’ tripe. It's really exhausting trying to forecast past that.