April 17 2015 03:40PM
Ok, look, I know there's the old saying that you gotta dance with the one than brought you, but Willie Desjardins is taking this to extremes. Just because you gotta dance with 'em, doesn't mean you should be doing the Box Step, Willie!
I mean, I love the idea that this team is actually deep enough that you have the option of just rolling four lines. But that doesn't mean you should do it no matter what the context. It doesn't mean that in a close game your most dominant line should be getting as much ice time as the possession sink hole coming up behind it.
Now, to be fair, Willie did in fact change up the line deployment in the third. But the adjustment was to give the Sedins LESS ice time, not more. Really. This happened.
April 17 2015 03:37PM
Photo Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA TODAY Sports
The Vancouver Canucks could be without the services of veteran defender Kevin Bieksa in Game 2 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Calgary Flames on Friday, head coach Willie Desjardins confirmed at his media availability on Friday.
Bieksa's issue is more illness related than injury related according to a report from TSN's Darren Dreger, though we should keep in mind that Bieksa was the defender that the Canucks opted to rest in game 82, presumably for good reason.
April 17 2015 11:00AM
Courtesy: Lindsay Mogle
We are back
with this week’s Comets Militia report, where we review all the latest
statistics, rumours, gossip and made up narratives regarding the
farm team: The Utica Comets. The Comets continue their winning streak,
as they look towards the Calder Cup and try to win the West.
Read past the jump to see how this week went down.
April 17 2015 09:00AM
FLAMES LEAD CANUCKS 1-0 IN SERIES.
Turn down for what? The Flames? To be honest, I've only heard that one line and I would assume Lil' Jon says "O-KAAAAAY!" at some point too (editor's note: he doesn't). So now you know two things: The Canucks are down 1-0 in their series against the Flames and I am not well versed in throat rapping by Lil' Jon.
We all have some thoughts about that first game. For me, mainly the Canucks played pretty well overall but scoring ONE goal isn't going to cut it. The goalies will easily be a big factor every game and it's going to take more than one Bo Horvat ricochet to beat the Flames four times. I hate to say it, but Calgary doesn't look that bad, the Canucks are going to have to really work now.
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April 17 2015 06:30AM
The first round, Leaf's mass firing, Canucks defense could be problematic, Jets least likely to win Cup, Jay Feaster's Flames, a look at Mac T's first 2 years as Oilers GM and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.