October 14 2014 09:06AM
During this past week we took a trip down to LA to watch the Kings open up their 2014-15 season by raising the Stanley Cup, have a chat with our new cousins at The Royal Half and have a chat with Violent Gentlemen. This article is about their cool company and how they have helped me greatly with the Nation Network.
You have been forewarned in advance. Anyone looking for Corsi/Fenwick6 calculations should skip this piece.
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October 13 2014 06:00AM
The Nation Network brings you the Nation Minute, a rapid fire look around the network and the NHL. On tap this week: Don Cherry and the Leafs, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jeff Petry, Mason Raymond and more.
October 12 2014 02:58PM
Acquired in a trade that saw Jason Garrison go to the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa's 2nd round pick (Roland McKeown) dealt to Los Angeles, Linden Vey became the second "Linden" drafted out of the Medicine Hat Tigers to don a Canucks jersey, and the second Canuck roster player to play for Willie Desjardins' Tigers, after the club acquired Derek Dorsett in a separate deal.
The 23-year old playmaker doesn't have much in terms of an NHL track record, but has previously performed well in the CHL and made major strides towards becoming a very good pro in the AHL. Can Vey translate his strong junior and minor pro play into a full-time NHL position with the Canucks? Read past the jump.
October 12 2014 01:38AM
Another step closer to the coveted 82-0 season that has eluded this franchise all these years. It wasn't easy, but the Canucks persevered through a boring and less than fortuitous first half en route to an exciting 5-4 victory in the shootout.
The aforementioned boredom reared its ugly head before the puck had even dropped. The Canucks made their introductions, from the training staff all the way to Top Sixtito. There's been considerable changes made to this roster and this was about as good an introduction to the new faces as could be forced upon this markets faithful.
A delayed puck drop did little to alleviate this lull. The Canucks stepped out of the gate flat and listless. An opportunistic Oilers squad with an extended history of disdain for Vancouver hopped on this opportunity to the eventual tune of a 4-2 lead. PDO is a fickle mistress and the Canucks had clearly been neglecting her calls for the better part of this week. Score effects? That's another story.
October 11 2014 05:46PM
For the third time in little over a week, the Vancouver Canucks are set to face the Edmonton Oilers. Tonight's tilt is set to take place at Rogers Arena, with the visiting Oilers fresh off the heels of a 5-2 loss at the hands of their provincial rival, Calgary Flames.
Not that pride has ever been in high-supply within that locker room, but they're a year older and perhaps it's an acquired taste that they're just now beginning to introduce to their palate. It's within the realm of possibility that they come out all guns firing and better prepared for the Canucks than we could ever imagine.
By that same token, the recent matchup totals between these two clubs in Rogers Arena aren't overly flattering of the Oilers or their chances tonight. Over the past five seasons, the Oilers have accrued a 3-10-1 record in Vancouver.
There's a great little rivalry brewing between these two clubs. Regardless of whether Zack Kassian invokes Copper and Blue's use of the the Code of Hammurabi again, it should be fun.