Wolves Take Wild One, Get Back in Win Column

Dimitri Filipovic
October 27 2012 08:53PM

Eddie Lack debuted his spiffy new gear tonight.

The Wolves came into this tilt against San Antonio with a two-game losing streak, which was a cause for no concern because of the manner in which they had lost both games. They had completely fallen apart in the final period, collectively imploding. Coming into this one the Rampage weren't exactly lighting the world on fire, either, holding a 2-2-1 record (good for last place in a stacked South division). In hindsight, we should have expected them to struggle without the calming presence of Tim Duncan.

This was a wild game, which featured a flurry of goals from both teams. The Wolves blew a three goal lead in the third period, but a late goal from Jordan Schroeder - which made it 6-5 - allowed them to hang onto a much needed 2 points, getting back in the win column.

Read Past the Jump for Notes on the Game.

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The SYAE Podcast: With J.Bowman

Dimitri Filipovic
October 27 2012 01:29PM

This jersey may or not belong to my guest today.

This time around, I'm joined by J.Bowman - which had to happen, after his recent appearance on the Fake SportsCentre - as we discuss some of our insights from the Wolves' visit to Abbotsford this past weekend, the lockout, and whether or not the Stanley Cup champion will have an asterisk by their name due to the shortened season.

We also go on an elongated tangent about the "rules" of wearing player jerseys, and just how much we miss the Vancouver Grizzlies. And there's lot more, but I'm not willing to divulge everything in this tease.

Click Past the Jump for the Podcast.

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Wolves Implode In Final Stanza, Fall To Peoria 4-1

Dimitri Filipovic
October 26 2012 09:29PM

You think it's easy playing hockey with a giant monkey on your back?.

The last time we saw the Chicago Wolves hit the ice was six nights ago, when they imploded in the second half of a back-to-back against the Abbotsford Heat. The Peoria Rivermen themselves hadn't played since last Friday, either. And as a result, we were treated to a sloppy game - between two seemingly rusty teams - which was filled with turnovers, miscues, and unforced penalties.

Unfortunately for the Wolves, this game followed the same script as the game last Saturday, which saw them waste two strong periods when they inexplicably decided to stay in the lockerroom following the second intermission. A 4-1 loss at the hands of Peoria means that they have now lost two in a row, after having started the year on a 4-game high.

Read Past the Jump for Notes on the Game.

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The Top Defensive Pairings In The NHL

Dimitri Filipovic
October 26 2012 09:55AM

Goals are fun. You know what they say: chicks dig the long-ball bulging of the twine. I'm sure that scoring a goal at the NHL level is one of the funnest things you could possibly do (legally).

What's not quite as glorious - but just as valuable in contributing to the effort of winning hockey games - is the act of preventing the puck from entering your own net. After all, a 1-0 win counts just as much as the 6-5 win. Remember, the ultimate objective of hockey is to score one more goal than you allow on any given night.

You don't truly recognize the beauty, and importance, of a great two-way defenseman until you get to watch one on a regular basis. Then, everything changes and you're left wondering how you slummed through all those days without one. What's even better than that is when you can combine two defenseman of that ilk, to form a top defensive pairing. There's comfort in knowing that you're in good hands. 

Which teams (and individuals) benefited from this sort of chemistry? And how do they stack up against each other?

Read Past the Jump for More. 

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Headshots October 25th

Dimitri Filipovic
October 25 2012 03:18PM


Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you have written a blogposted, produced a tribute video, birthed a clever .gif into existence, or have a hockey related cause you'd like to see promoted in this space - please e-mail Thom at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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