September 16 2013 11:32PM
The NHL preseason is for two things: using small sample sizes to convince people that the assertions you made over the summer are correct, or defending your assertions made over the summer because of a small sample size.
This was the first time that the Vancouver Canucks have played a hockey game since May, and it was against San Jose again, who returned to Vancouver without Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Antti Niemi, several other of their stars, and no tail stripes or shoulder yokes on their sweaters. If the preseason has any modicum of importance, it's probably in the field of uniform aesthetics, and I don't like how plain the Sharks new white sweaters are. They looked like the old threads ditched by the Dallas Stars when they flipped to a more traditional design. With teal, silver and orange in the scheme, the Sharks had one of the truly unique colour combinations in pro sports, but they always wore their dull black sweaters in the playoffs.
Wait, there was a hockey game, wasn't there?
September 16 2013 01:42PM
Hockey is back, baby! (Image via Ian Lindsay )
It may just be the preseason, but it's still something, you guys. Hockey is officially back in Vancouver, as the Canucks kick off their preseason schedule - which features 6 games, 4 of which will be in the friendly confines of Rogers Arena - when they play host to the San Jose Sharks tonight.
Read on past the jump for a preview of tonight's action, including some news and notes on the line combinations we can expect.
September 16 2013 10:40AM
Is Bo Horvat ready to stick in the NHL? What does history tell us?
Image via The Chronicle.
It seems that with each passing day, more and more people are talking themselves into Bo Horvat being the answer to the Canucks' "riddle down the middle" on the 3rd line. I think that at this point it has as much to do with the lack of other intriguing options as it has to do with anything about Bo Horvat.
Brad Richardson. Jordan Schroeder. Mike Santorelli. Not exactly a list of names that inspires a ton of confidence in having the ability to fill an important role on the team. Especially a team whose fans have become conditioned to expect wins. Horvat is obviously a highly touted prospect, who is not only the new shiny toy in town, but also by all accounts plays a style of two-way hockey that could easily endear him to coach John Tortorella.
But is Horvat actually a realistic option to not only make the team, but stick in a 3rd line role? What does history tell us?
Read on past the jump for more.
September 13 2013 03:31PM
Ryan Kesler said something interesting on Friday afternoon.
Training camp for the Vancouver Canucks continued today with the team competing in their first scrimmage at Rogers Arena, as fans watched on from the stands. Speaking of the fans, don't the adults in attendance have jobs? And shouldn't the kids be at school? I digress.
Afterwards, Ryan Kesler and Eddie Lack provided the media with some choice quotes, while the whole John Tortorella/Twitter thing inexplicably continues to have legs.
Some pertinent links regarding all of those stories, plus more, just past the jump.
September 13 2013 03:01PM
Ever watch a TV show a couple times, decide that it sucks and then get completely shocked when it comes back for a second season? Yeah, StreakCred is exactly like that. Except that it doesn't suck. It's super fun. And this time we have a free preseason to get you hooked real nice like see?
OH AND THERE ARE TROPHIES THIS TIME AROUND