September 23 2013 11:01PM
Well, that was fun, I guess. Roberto Luongo won his first game since April 15, stopping 22 of 23 shots in a pretty… uneventful game. The Canucks won 6-1 against Phoenix Monday night for their first preseason win, which was good to get after an 0-3 start, including two pretty weak losses to the Edmonton Oilers. While this doesn't count for anything, a five-goal victory the first night that most of the A-roster is on the ice is fun to get.
Optimism abound? Well, also it was the Phoenix Coyotes, so no need getting super excited about anything.
September 22 2013 05:22PM
Word broke out of Toronto today that NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan will conduct hearings with Canucks forwards Dale Weise and Zack Kassian for naughty conduct versus the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. Weise was penalized two minutes for an illegal check to the head on Taylor Hall, while Kassian should probably have the book thrown at him—he wildly swung his stick around after missing a check and broke Sam Gagner's jaw.
The Kassian infraction is above, if you missed it. Worth noting, his hearing will be in-person. Per Article 18.9 of the NHL's Collective Bargaining Agreement with its Players Association, an in-person hearing is required for a suspension of six or more games.
September 19 2013 09:44AM
The most optimistic part of my evening was when I thought the blackout was going to get me out of writing recap duty, but I suppose we can get most of that out of the way after the first period.
The Vancouver Canucks are losing 3-0 to the *sees alert from The Score's App* down 4-0 to the Edmonton Oilers with Roberto Luongo in goal. Luongo has apparently looked bleak, letting in three softies, but the Canucks themselves have not been taking shots on net.
September 18 2013 03:52PM
Who would you rather have in the dot late? Henrik Sedin or Michal Handzus?
I'd always thought that Henrik and Daniel Sedin would make fairly decent penalty killers. There's not a lot of evidence to suggest that they would, because the two haven't exactly spent a lot of time killing penalties, well, ever.
Only one campaign in existence the twins were counted on to do more than kill the occasional spot. That was in 2005-2006, the ill-fated season where the Canucks' came into the year with high expectations with new general manager able to keep together the core from the team's previous three playoff runs. That team absolutely fell flat, but the Sedins broke out into franchise players, the players that Nonis was comfortable using as primary offensive threats in lieu of Todd Bertuzzi, who was shuttled out of town for some guy named Bob.
September 16 2013 11:32PM
The NHL preseason is for two things: using small sample sizes to convince people that the assertions you made over the summer are correct, or defending your assertions made over the summer because of a small sample size.
This was the first time that the Vancouver Canucks have played a hockey game since May, and it was against San Jose again, who returned to Vancouver without Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Antti Niemi, several other of their stars, and no tail stripes or shoulder yokes on their sweaters. If the preseason has any modicum of importance, it's probably in the field of uniform aesthetics, and I don't like how plain the Sharks new white sweaters are. They looked like the old threads ditched by the Dallas Stars when they flipped to a more traditional design. With teal, silver and orange in the scheme, the Sharks had one of the truly unique colour combinations in pro sports, but they always wore their dull black sweaters in the playoffs.
Wait, there was a hockey game, wasn't there?