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January 07 2017 11:00AM
The second matchup of this weekend's home-and-home sees the Canucks and Flames moving back to Calgary and, once again, we've asked writers from both FlamesNation and CanucksArmy to get you set for tonight's rematch. We've also put together a few notes to get you ready for game one of the home and home.
Please note that this article is posted at both CanucksArmy and FlamesNation
January 07 2017 09:00AM
The World Junior Hockey Championship hasn't exactly been kind to the Canucks over the past two years. It's been just one year since Jake Virtanen's face graced the cover of the Vancouver Province, emblazoned with the phrase, "Goat Medal Winner?", and while this year's disappointments lacked the drama of Canada's 6th place finish in Helsinki, it's safe to say the optics of Olli Juolevi's performance this season rival the latter in terms of sewing seeds of doubt in Vancouver.
The Canucks had just two prospects at this year's tournament, and have only two assists to show for it, as Lukas Jasek's Czech Republic and Olli Juolevi's Finland both failed to make the medal round, finishing seventh and ninth, respectively.
January 07 2017 12:04AM
There's an old adage that says history is written by the winners. If we believe that to be true then the story of tonight's game was about a plucky group of misfits that white-knuckled their way into their sixth straight win, buoyed by great goaltending and sheer will.
Make no mistake, this was not the case. The Canucks got manhandled tonight by the Flames, getting outshot 46-13. This was a game that had all the hallmarks of a 2012-13 leafs performance: get a little lucky, score a few quick goals, collapse, and hope your goalie bails you out. Luckily for them, that's exactly what Ryan Miller did tonight.
January 06 2017 08:58PM
Tanev injury - somewhere in the neck/shoulder/upper back region pic.twitter.com/nmuQGtJ2du— Vanessa Jang (@vanessajang) January 7, 2017
At the 7:03 mark of the first period vs. Calgary, Chris Tanev left the bench with an apparent upper-body injury.
January 06 2017 04:00PM
Photo Credit: Lindsay A. Mogle / Utica Comets
So I've taken a bit of a winter vacation when it comes to my duties as the Utica Comets correspondent, which makes that this issue is going to cover a three-week span in which the Comets played seven games. I'll condense bits here and there to try and prevent a feature that's already pretty wordy from getting too bloated.
Of interest over this period of time was the conditioning stint of Anton Rodin, who finally played his first professional regular season game in North American since 2013, after spending three seasons in his native Sweden.
Aside from that, Alex Grenier, Curtis Valk and Jordan Subban continued to put up some points, while Thatcher Demko struggled mightily and the Comets' losing streak hit nine games.