December 07 2016 06:44PM
Photo credit: Lindsay A. Mogle / Utica Comets
Another week has gone by in Utica, and it was one more week that has demonstrated that the best prospect in Utica is the one between the pipes. Thatcher Demko has been a force to be reckoned with, and it seems that he only gets better with each passing game.
Up font there hasn't been much to write home about, though Canucks fans can at least take solace in the fact that Jake Virtanen scored his first NHL goal, and Andrey Pedan has finally been getting rewarded for his strong play.
December 07 2016 11:00AM
Few players confound the mind the way Brandon Sutter does. Year after year, Sutter appears to be making an impact at both ends of the ice, and year after year, his underlying metrics paint an entirely different picture. Since his first full season in 2009-2010, Sutter's posted respectable raw counting totals, with paltry rate stats and shot metrics.
2016 has been no different for Sutter, who's currently on pace to best his career best of 40 in a season. Sutter's performance comes with a pair of caveats, though. First, a large chunk of that offence is coming by way of secondary assists, which players have limited control over and are highly volatile. Second, Sutter's breakout offensive performance is having a significant negative impact on his line's solvency at even-strength.
December 07 2016 09:00AM
When did Canucks Army go Union, and why does Jackson think he gets to take weeks off? The nerve of some people. The show must go on, though, and I'm here to take the torch back for a week.
If you watched last night's Canucks game in New Jersey, you probably caught Philip Larsen getting caught with a questionable hit behind his net, delivered by Taylor Hall. I don't see anything terribly wrong with the hit itself, but these things are open to interpretation. I'm open to an argument to the contrary.
So, was the hit suspendable in your opinion? If so, for how long? And if Larsen's out long-term, which is certainly a possibility, who steps up in his stead? Here's hoping to a speedy recovery.
December 06 2016 07:48PM
The Canucks kicked off their road trip on Tuesday night in New Jersey against old pal Cory Schneider and his New Jersey Devils. This game resulted in almost nothing good for the Canucks, who started of their trip off with a loss and a scary injury to an already sparse d-corps. Here's how it all went down:
December 06 2016 01:00PM
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The Canucks are back in action this evening against the New Jersey Devils. It's an early one, so hopefully, your boss lets you leave in time to catch the opening puck drop. Vancouver is coming off an emotional victory against the Leafs and will look to continue their success in the swamp.
Willie Desjardins' boys lost both matchups versus the Devils last season but 2016 is a new campaign. This Canucks team is different. I'm hoping you'll be able to come up with a reason why they're better.