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.
January 20 2014 02:58PM
John Tortorella should've probably just #LoggedOff on Saturday night.
This past weekend in the NHL sure did provide us with a litany of topics to discuss on this edition of the podcast; particularly Saturday night, in which there was an officiating blunder in Detroit, a 4-goal game by an ageless wonder, and oh yeah, a line brawl in Vancouver (and some shenanigans off of the ice to boot).
Don't you worry, we touched on all of that. We also whether we'd rather buy Avalanche or Lightning stock, and introduced a few new segments that'll be recurring over the coming weeks/months (a buy/sell fantasy hockey portion, and a picks contest).
January 18 2014 08:49PM
Just a few minutes before the puck was set to drop on Saturday night's game between the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks, I (and all of the other media members here on press row), received a piece of paper from a Rogers Arena employee. This piece of paper included the lineups we'd see in action tonight, and all of the scratches.
More prevalently, though, it also included a list of the 5 players each team would ice for the opening faceoff. As soon as we received it, everyone saw the writing on the wall..
Two seconds in, our collective assumption was proven correct; a full-out line brawl broke out.