January 23 2014 03:55PM
There's only one Weber in the lineup tonight, and he's wearing the wrong jersey :(
I think this particular matchup has a stigma of sorts attached to it, out there amongst the general public. That as soon as you look at the schedule and see that the Vancouver Canucks and Nashville Predators are playing each other, you can safely assume that it'll be a boring, low-scoring game.
Here are the game scores of their meetings since the start of 2011: 3-1 VAN, 5-2 VAN, 7-4 VAN, 1-0 VAN, 3-1 NSH, 4-3 VAN, 6-5 NSH, 5-1 VAN.
I can't really attest to how entertaining all of those games were - speaking of.. what did I eat for breakfast this morning? - but I do distinctly remember a couple of those games being wild back-and-forth games in which anything and everything was making its way to the back of the net. Tonight's game may very well be a clunker, but it won't be because these teams *always* engage in snoozefests.
January 22 2014 02:27PM
The last man standing is.. Ryan Kesler?
As of January 22nd, 2014, the Vancouver Canucks sit at 10th in the league when it comes to most man games lost due to injury on the year, which shouldn't come as a surprise (if anything, that seems a bit low, but I guess there's some bias at play here). They were without the two Alexs (Burrows, Edler) for an extended period of time, and are now dealing with some serious trouble icing 4 NHL-caliber centers with Henrik Sedin and Mike Santorelli both out (with the latter expected to be a long-term, serious injury).
It's not *all* bad, though, as there's some good news on the injury front coming out of Wednesday afternoon's practice. Two players that have been out for a while now are expected to be back shortly, and one seems to have avoided anything serious following a scare during last night's victory in Edmonton.
Read on past the jump for the details, but while you're doing that, make sure you keep your phone near you. If you've got any sort of experience playing hockey - and NHL 14 most definitely counts in this case - you may just get the call from the Canucks!
January 21 2014 11:07PM
Image via Josh Weissbock
The Edmonton Oilers are a joke of a team and organization, is something that I wrote this afternoon as part of a preview for tonight's game. Then the Edmonton Oilers came out onto the ice in front of their fans at Rexall Place, and did the best job they could possibly do to prove me right. And prove me right they did, as their effort's were more than enough for the Canucks to earn just their 2nd victory of 2014 on Tuesday night, by a 2-1 score.
Maybe one day you'll get the chance to bounce your grandkid on your knee, as you tell him/her about the time that your favourite team went on the road and won a regular season game thanks to the likes of Kellan Lain, Zack Kassian, and Mike Sullivan. Jaw-dropping, I know.
Fine, Roberto Luongo was pretty darn good when called upon too, but that's not nearly as fun to talk about. Read on past the jump for a look at what went down.
January 21 2014 02:33PM
Sadly, no more.. [Image via Vancity Buzz]
It has been a rough week or so for the Vancouver Canucks, who have been progressively crumbling into pieces before our very eyes. They've lost their coach, they've lost a handful of players (including their captain), and they've lost numerous games.
What they've gained, on the other hand, is all sorts of media attention for the goonery they've partaken in over that time. The sideshow that they've allowed themselves to become has, in a way, helped take attention away from the fact that they now find themselves tied for 8th in the Western Conference standings with the Minnesota Wild (with the Phoenix Coyotes only 4 points behind them, with a game in hand).
They should probably start trying to focus on winning hockey games.. which conveniently enough should be bolstered on Tuesday night, thanks to their opponent. Then again, after struggling to eke out a shootout win against the Calgary Flames on home ice last time out, I don't think we're exactly in a position to be automatically expecting a W.
January 20 2014 05:59PM
I love the internet so very much. [GIF via @IAmByks]
"OK, do we start shishkebabing John Tortorella right now, or.." were the wise words HNiC *analyst*, kickstarting his temper tantrum directed at the coach following his actions during the 1st intermission of Saturday night's Fight Club.
Well, shishkebab away did Colin Campbell - note that it wasn't Brendan Shanahan, who's only responsible for player transgressions - when he dropped the hammer on the Canucks bench boss, suspending him for 15 days (essentially 6 games) without pay [maybe now he'll have some time to come meet some fans and have a few rounds at The Pint on the 29th, perhaps?]
That means that we won't be seeing him until February 3rd, when the Canucks embark on a 4-game Eastern Conference trip before heading into the Olympic break. By the sounds of it, assistant coaches Mike Sullivan - who spoke to the media in Tortorella's stead this afternoon - and Glen Gulutzan (*gulp*) will handle the job in the meantime.