By the numbers: Jan. 5-12, 2012
Home, sweet home.
The Vancouver Canucks are enjoying a much deserved day off Friday after a grueling road trip that had them play four games in six nights. There were some highs, some lows and a lot of hilarity between teammates, who are really coming together this season. Vancouver's spot atop the Western Conference proves that.
To help put their recent expedition in context, here’s a look at the raw numbers of the Canucks' seventh road trip of the year:
4 – Cities visited during the seven-day trip.
10,556 – Approximate kilometres flown by Canucks on board their Air Canada charter, aka Air Canucks.
4,027 – Kilometres from Vancouver to Boston, the longest trek of the trip.
13 – Number of times I feared for my life in Boston.
13 – Number of times I was right to fear for my life in Boston.
289 – Distance, in kilometres, between Florida and Tampa Bay, the shortest flight of the trip.
1 – Inconceivable overtime game-winning pass by Tim Tebow, a former University of Florida standout, while the Canucks were in Florida.
1 – Bucket of ice propped up against a door in Florida in a prank pulled on Aaron Rome.
1 – Call-up, Mike Duco, who made his Canucks debut against his former NHL team in Florida and collected his first NHL point a night later in Tampa Bay.
500 – Games played for Keith Ballard, accomplished in Florida.
5 – Internet hotel codes, two from Florida, both way too confusing.
275 – Meals served during five flights on Air Canucks.
1 – Superman shirt owned by both Ryan Kesler and myself. One guess as to who fills it out better.
14 – The NHL record for games on a road trip, set by the Canucks to accommodate the 2010 Winter Olympics.
211 – Wins for Roberto Luongo after his 31-save performance against the Blues. He's now tied with Kirk McLean as Vancouver's franchise leader.
100 – Per cent amazement by anyone who saw Mason Raymond's spin-o-rama shootout game winner in Tampa Bay.
24 – Wins in 31 games for Vancouver when scoring first. The Canucks opened every game of this trip by scoring first.
24 – Canucks surprised to hear Jay-Z and Beyonce named their baby Blue Ivy Carter.
0 – Canucks surprised Jay-Z has already recorded a song featuring Blue Ivy Carter (Glory).
2 – Soccer balls that had to be retrieved from weird places during Vancouver's pre-game warm-ups.
8,300 – Number of photos taken by Rick Collins throughout the trip (rough estimate).
4 – Canucks, Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Alex Edler and Cody Hodgson, named NHL All-Stars; they combined for six points (1-5-6) against the Blues.
8 – Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches eaten on Air Canucks by yours truly throughout the week. I have no idea how my pants still fit.
1 – Alligator allegedly spotted by Jannik Hansen in Florida. No one can back up his claims, but we'd never second guess the Honey Badger.
700 – Career points for Daniel Sedin, 100 of which have been power play goals, both milestones hit with his game-winner against the Blues.
4 – Fans (that we know of) who followed the Canucks throughout the entire trip.
81 – League leading goals scored on the road by the Canucks this season.
6 – Stitches to the upper lip for Ryan Kesler after running into Dan Hamhuis in the game against St. Louis.
0 – Number of times Fort Nucks, the official blog of the Vancouver Canucks, malfunctioned since its re-debut. Also the number of times anything posted has made a lick of sense.
24 – Happy Canucks upon returning home early Friday morning.