October 25 2016 10:55PM
Coming off of their first regulation loss of the season, the Canucks returned to Rogers Arena Tuesday night to face Erik Karlsson and the Ottawa Senators. It’s always fun to watch a game-changing defenseman and Troy Stecher did very well in his debut. In fact, his neat breakouts and crisp passes were probably the Canucks’ best plays of the game! Aside from Stecher, there aren't too many positives to take from this game for Vancouver, who came up goalless against the Sens.
October 25 2016 09:46PM
It's the return of the Canucks Army podcast for the 2016-2017 hockey season. J.D. Burke and myself will be your hosts for this hockey season and this is the first of a line of weekly instalments. We begin the inaugural episode by taking stock of the Canucks four game winning streak and their recent, less impressive performances. J.D. provides an analytical evaluation of what we've seen from the Canucks so far and we discuss some individual performances and what they could mean in the big picture.
It's difficult to not express at least some optimism about what we've seen to begin the season and two of the Canucks best players have been Brandon Sutter and Markus Granlund. Goaltending gets top marks but the question is, how sustainable is it?
We also discuss Jake Virtanen, the system the Canucks are employing under the guidance of Willie Desjardins and Doug Jarvis and much more.
October 25 2016 03:00PM
Photo Credit: Lindsay A. Mogle / Utica Comets
The Comets' offence finally woke up and it brought them their first win of the season, but keeping the puck out of their own net continues to be a struggle - they've allowed 17 goals in four games so far, which is the worst goals against per game rate in the AHL. Yikes.
The was a lot of lineup shuffling this week as well, as Travis Green tries to find the right combination of players to score more and get scored on less. If there is a silver lining here, it's that they only allowed seven goals last weekend after allowing ten the weekend before. Baby steps.
Check out all this an more in this week's Utica Comets Weekly Report.
October 25 2016 09:00AM
Coming to grips with Nikita Tryamkin has been an exhausting exercise from the onset. That hasn't changed as he enters his second season in North America. And it might not get easier by the time his third season rolls around either.
There were questions about the 6'7" Russian from the moment Vancouver selected him during his third tour at the draft. His time in the KHL thereafter did little to shed light on their investment too.
Until about two months into his KHL swansong last season, that is. Tryamkin began to see an appreciable increase in ice time and by the time he'd made his way onto my television for the Spengler Cup he was playing a premier role in his team's top four. By the turn of spring, he'd come to Vancouver a beacon of hope in an otherwise bleak season.
October 25 2016 01:14AM
Can you believe the Ottawa Senators don't play the Canucks more often? I mean, this rivalry is so deep the NHL had no choice but to give them their own Heritage Classic in 2014, and what an amazing game that was! It even resulted in the best goalie the Canucks have ever had demanding a trade out of town. You know what, this means war.
Even though Dion Phaneuf was signed by the Maple Leafs, the Senators still brought him into the fold as a damaged mess and I haven't seen questionable spending like that by Senators since Mike Duffy.
I went there, I'll wait. OK it was a stretch.
Seriously, what do they see in that guy? How can one team have so much money tied up in one defens- I'll stop.
Canucks/Senators - TONIGHT!