December 06 2013 11:17PM
We had a photographer at the game and everything
Cosmetically, it will look worse. The Vancouver Canucks will wake up tomorrow now in a playoff position, because they failed to dispatch the Phoenix Coyotes in regulation time, and they gave up a point to the team they were theoretically chasing, and the Coyotes hold onto the second Wild Card start by virtue of having played fewer games.
Realistically, the Coyotes are winning games they shouldn't, and getting points out of games they shouldn't, and their shooting and save percentages have helped along some mediocre play. The Coyotes will not finish one point ahead of the Canucks for the standings, in all likelihood. The Canucks have been better at controlling play with the score close, and with the score tied. It's just those little blown leads, those goals that go in not well-timed situations, that has cost the team points in regulation.
Ultimately though, this game will be looked back upon as a success. Vancouver won a game against a division rival 3-2, and they did it without using the shootout, which counts more in the standings. Chris Higgins scored the overtime winner, and he's okay by us.
December 06 2013 01:12PM
Pictured: the City of Glendale
Wake up everybody! A win by Vancouver and the Canucks are right back in playoff position! Granted, Phoenix will have games in hand, but that's besides the point. The truth is, the Coyotes have been slipping a little of late and having won three of four, the Canucks are right back in the race.
But really, it's December. Who cares. Until about mid-January, the standings for the most part reflect the team that's banked the most wins in the last week or so. A week ago, the slumping Canucks had lost seven of eight. Now they've won three of four, and have gone from three points out to one point out. Phoenix have won two of seven! Who is on form? Who has momentum?
Who the heck is even on the Coyotes?
(NOTE: I was discussing with a fellow Vancouver blogger that the reason the Vancouver fanbase is committed to negativism is that they have no natural rival to rally against, except for the Canucks. We decided that the Canucks needed a rival, so we're going to go with Phoenix. Stick it in your ear, Phoenicians. We hate you now.)
December 05 2013 04:28PM
Small (big?) bit of news today, but obviously worth discussing. Thomas Drance may work over at The Score now, but he also transcribes useful bits of information for us worthless bloggers:
"Alex is out indefinitely. He suffered a knee injury that occurred in the game in Nashville.
We're not sure what the time frame is going to resemble at this point in time, and we'll see over the next week exactly what it may be. But at this point we can't really predict that."
It's not news that Edler was going to be out, but with what, and for how long, is up for debate. Wax all you want about whether Edler creates too many turnovers, but for a second, this has to be recognized as a huge hole in the Canucks lineup. Edler was leading the team in minutes, played on both the powerplay and penalty kill, and is third among Canuck defenceman according to ExtraSkater's quality of competition metric, which measures the percentage of time on ice played by forward competition.
December 03 2013 12:34AM
Gino Odjick is going through some difficult times. Last week, he attended his father's funeral. This weekend, he was admitted to hospital for problems related to concussions he sustained during his hockey playing career.
That all fell under the headline GINO ODJICK NEEDS HELP. Being Sun Media you can expect some clickbait with regard to titles, but the full story from Montreal journalist Marc Foy is pretty serious.
December 02 2013 01:30PM
The Canucks have not won a game where Kevin Bieksa has scored a goal.
For those of you that followed a certain conversation on Twitter yesterday...
I'm a little annoyed at the focus on "The Canucks are X-0-Z when they've scored a amount of goals, but are 0-Y-Z when they've scored b amount of goals or fewer." You know the one. The problem is that people attribute this to a flaw in the way the team plays games, rather than a simple sampling error.
There are a lot of reasons why records are where they are, and when you're a third of the way through the season, some scenarios haven't presented themselves. It's rare that a team will win a game 1-0 and 2-1, and given the rarity of those events, should it really concern us that the Canucks have not won a game yet by that margin?