The Peerless Prognosticator is ON THE AIR!!!
And we're live here at Peerless Central on this Columbus Day holiday in the U.S. of A., where we celebrate that man who didn't really "discover" America as much as he had a better literary agent. Tonight, the Caps host the Vancouver Canucks. It's been awhile since the Caps have defeated the Canucks in Washington. It's been since November 22, 2000, in fact (a 3-2 win in overtime). It is so long ago...
There was no Lu-on-go in Vancouver. He was enduring the first year of his incarceration in Florida with the Panthers, sentenced to toil in front of a team that can't score...sort of like now.
The Canucks of that vintage had, as their second leading scorer...Andrew Cassels, who would go on to glory with Washington in his memorable year of 2005-2006 (31 games, 4-8-12, -3).
Todd Bertuzzi hadn't yet scored 30 goals for the Canucks (and hadn't yet jumped anyone on the ice yet, either).
Donald Brashear was on that team. So was Jarkko Ruutu...and Matt Cooke. We're betting they fought over rolls of tape on that team.
The Sedins were rookies.
It's been a while.
As for these Canucks, we'll borrow (steal, Peerless...it's called "steal") a page from the pop-up videos and bring you some things to know about the visitors...
History repeats itself. Even Halley's Comet stops by every 76 years. And so it will be tonight, as the Men in Red defeat the visitors from the far northwest.
Caps 3 - Canucks 2