December 30 2013 02:44PM
The goal above came during a simpler time, when we could make fun of Steve Mason and all share a good laugh. But a lot has changed since the first meeting between these two teams back in the 2nd week of the season. Especially for the Philadelphia Flyers, who have been playing some really good hockey for a while now thanks to Mason's (very) surprising resurgence to relevancy, and Claude Giroux bouncing back from his early season funk to lead a potent offense.
The story is a little different for the Canucks since then too, though. They're 10-1-1 in their past 12 games, they're relying far less on the Sedins due to the 2nd line's two-way excellence, and the goaltending has been top notch. Back on October 15th Eddie Lack had one career NHL appearance to his name, and now, he two shutouts. Ho hum.
Considering the way both teams are playing heading into this one, it should be a good one. Read on past the jump for the final game preview of 2013.
December 30 2013 11:45AM
Back on December 4th I wrote a lengthy review of the first 30 games of the season for the Vancouver Canucks. In the section on defensemen, I had the following to say:
"The biggest storyline on the blueline for the Canucks through the first 1/3 of the season has to be the remarkable bill of health they've been enjoying. Excluding Alex Edler's 3-game suspension back in the 2nd week of the season, John Tortorella has been able to use the same 6 defensemen for every single game.. which seems unprecedented."
I'm sorry if I jinxed it, but I think we all figured that it was only a matter of time before the pendulum swung in the other direction, and their fortunes changed. Sure enough, defensemen are dropping like flies at this point.
With the most recent injury sustained by Andrew Alberts - following an ugly incident involving a facepuncher, sigh - the team has finally succumbed, calling up young Frank(ie) Corrado after fans had been clamouring for them to do so ever since Alex Edler went down weeks ago. I'm just glad to see that the team went with the best player available in this case rather than putting too much stock into which side he plays on (Corrado is another guy that plays the right, by the way). Take note, Team Canada.
December 27 2013 11:16AM
According to AHL website, VAN calls up G Joacim Eriksson from Utica.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) December 27, 2013
Hockey is back.. basically. With the Christmas break now in the rearview mirror, and teams set to resume play - though the Canucks won't technically be back in action until Sunday, when they take on the Flames - news has trickled out that the team has called up 3rd string goaltender Joacim Eriksson from the Utica Comets.
Read on past the jump for a quick take on what this means (.. and all things Luongo's groin, ladies..)
December 22 2013 09:23PM
"What are the Shapys'?" is a question which you may be asking if you've been living under a rock for the past year or so. You should give this a read if you're still unclear, but honestly, the video above should've done a pretty gloriously (dramatic) job of explaining what's happening here. Jason Botchford, a former Shapy winner himself - and nominee once again this year - should you this footage as his application for narrating the 24/7 series in the future.
Remember that it was this very event, just a year ago, which provided us with a "pretty classic 33 seconds from Roberto Luongo (which probably isn't the first time that phrase has been uttered..). Anyways, I think it's safe to say that this is something more than just a passing fad. After all, it has been around for a while now, only gaining more and more traction as the numbers of "Shappers" grows.
It's because of this that we're taking a little break tonight from our regularly programmed analytical approach of hockey coverage to support the 2013 Shapys. I know that some of you out there have been eagerly awaiting this day, so without further ado, read on past the jump for a breakdown of the awards.. and remember, it's supposed to be fun. Let loose and enjoy the show.
December 22 2013 01:28PM
Dale Weise is in a festive mood, and why shouldn't he be? Christmas is just around the corner!
If there were ever a "trap game" (or "look-ahead game", as some of you may know it) it would be this one. Sunday evening's tilt against the Winnipeg Jets has the perfect medley of things going for it to ensure that a bad performance would be followed up with talk that their heads weren't in it, and that they weren't in the right frame of mind.
The Vancouver Canucks are coming off of an impressive victory against a bitter rival. They then had the weekend off (spending Friday night in Chicago, and almost assuredly keeping the good times going Saturday night on Granville Street). Now they play against a team that's well below them in the standings, and as soon as they're done, they have 6 days off for the Holidays.
But hold on a second. While all of that is true they're still all professional athletes, and they're facing a squad in the Winnipeg Jets that quite frankly is not very good at hockey. Given how tight the Western Conference playoff picture is, using that as an excuse surely wouldn't fly with John Tortorella..