<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/kesler_blog.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=2 hspace=6>The schedule has been crazy lately but you know what? I think I might even prefer it that way. I mean, at the beginning of the year when we had all those long breaks, it was hard to deal with. I was so bored having all that time off so being busy and playing a lot is good.
<a target="_blank" href="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2008/01/011308_blues04_b.jpg"><img vspace="2" hspace="4" border="0" align="right" alt="" src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2008/01/011308_blues04_t.jpg" /></a> What made the trip even better is that I got to go home and see some family and friends, which always makes it better. This was a really good trip because it’s been a while since we visited here and being with family always makes a trip better.
People have been bringing up stats and number to me all the time because I’m two points away from my career best but it doesn’t really matter to me. I keep it in the back of my mind but I’m not too worried about that. They’re just numbers, I’m more concerned about the team success than my own personal stats.
<a target="_blank" href="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/12/dec0807_practice08_b.jpg"><img vspace="1" hspace="4" border="0" align="left" alt="" src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/12/dec0807_practice08_t.jpg" /></a>As long as we’re winning and doing well in the standings my points don’t matter. I don’t think I’m doing anything differently than in previous years but I think I have a little more responsibility but it’s good, I think that’s good for me.
Since assuming the checking role on the team, I think the biggest change I’ve noticed in my own game is that I focus on other players more than focusing on just playing. It’s helped me become a well-rounded player and I’m more aware of everything going on in the game, and that’s been a huge help too. I think playing against players of that caliber, you’ve got to figure out their tendencies and kind of go from there but it’s not always easy. Hopefully I can just keep improving from here.
We’ll get a long stretch off for the all-star break but we’ve still got three games ahead of us, including one against Minny, who we’re neck and neck with right now. Right now, I’m thinking maybe Vegas or Whistler but still not sure yet. </td></tr></table>