February 08 2017 09:00AM
Now that Ben Hutton is back in the saddle, the Canucks have plenty of warm bodies on the back end. It's for that reason that Vancouver's latest whipping boy, Philip Larsen, came out of the lineup last night. Larsen struggled since returning from injury, but there's reason to believe he's got more to offer. The team also gave up an asset to land the young defender, and could use for Larsen to make good on that investment.
So, do you think Larsen deserves another shot? Would you let him play through his struggles, or sit him in favour of someone else? If you want him in the lineup, who comes out in his stead?
February 08 2017 07:30AM
The Boston Bruins fired head coach Claude Julien and did so in a way that made the organization look as classless as possible. On the other side of that coin, the Islanders have gone on fire since firing Jack Capuano and replacing him with Doug Weight.
February 07 2017 11:04PM
The Canucks entered tonight's contest with the opportunity to start anew on the road, as they set off on a crucial six-game road trip that has the potential to define their season. All that stood in their way was the resurgent Nashville Predators.
One hopes that as the Canucks descend opposite the Predators, they might meet somewhere in the middle. Of course, that operates under the assumption there was much further for the Canucks to fall. The Canucks are now 0-3 opposite the NHL All-Star break, and they've been outscored 15-5 in that stretch following tonight's 4-2 loss in Tennessee.
Viktor Arvidsson and Calle Jarnkrok led the Predators offensively with a goal and an assist apiece. Markus Granlund opened the scoring in tonight's contest and Alex Edler chipped in with his second goal of the season to pull the Canucks to within one in the third period. Mike Fisher sealed the deal with the empty net goal.
Jacob Markstrom played well enough, stopping 29 of 32 Predator shots. Opposite him, Pekka Rinne, who looked shaky from the first shot on, stopped 31 of 33 Vancouver tries. Vancouver dropped their fourth straight and remain at just six road wins on the season.
February 07 2017 08:07PM
Photo Credit: Sergei Belski - USA Today Sports
Early in the first period, Sven Baertschi took a hit from Predators forward Cody McLeod. Visibly frustrated after returning to the bench, he then left to get looked at. The Canucks announced that Baertschi will be out for the remainder of the game with a concussion.
Baertschi will not return tonight because of a concussion.— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) February 8, 2017
February 07 2017 03:00PM
Photo Credit: Lindsay A. Mogle / Utica Comets
It feels like every time I gear up to write about the Comets, I'm talking about either a prolonged winning streak, or a prolonged losing streak. This is just about the streakiest I have ever seen a team play. After winning seven of nine, and then losing nine straight, and the winning eight of nine, the Comets have now lost four in a row. If they stick to the pattern, it looks like they're in for a rough week. It doesn't help that this coming week will be their busiest of the season to date - though at least they'll be getting Brendan Gaunce back.
But before we look ahead, let's look back at the weeks than were.