November 15 2013 10:42AM
It was the best of Corsi, it was the worst of Corsi, it was the age of statistics, it was the age of character, it was the epoch of Beleafs, it was the epoch of math ability, it was the season of Fights, it was the season of Lockouts, it was the summer of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had Extra Skater before us, we had no TimeOnIce before us, they were going direct to the Playoffs, they were going direct to the lottery -- in short, the period was so far like the third period of the Bruins series, that some of the noisiest media authorities insisted on the Leafs being treated, wrongly or even more wrongly, in the superlative degree of shot quality only.
November 14 2013 02:19PM
Joe Thornton returns to the scene of the crime.
Thursday night's meeting will mark the 8th time in the last 25 games (including the playoffs) that the Canucks will have played the San Jose Sharks, which is relevant, because it helps put things in perspective. The Sharks are unquestionably one of the league's elite teams, and I'm sure that the Canucks will appreciate not having to play them nearly every 3rd game for the remainder of the season.
I also appreciate that this is the (4th and) final time these two teams will meet over the course of the next handful of months because quite frankly I'm running out of interesting things to say in my coverage of their games. Leading up to this meeting we won't have to hear about the tired storyline of how many times in a row the Canucks have lost to the Sharks after having slayed the dragon a week ago, but I'm sure all of the Joe Thornton #ROOSTERWATCH jokes will more than make up for it.
November 14 2013 11:43AM
Jason Garrison's play has gone downhill since he began dabbling in telekinesis.
There are some media types out there that seem to have no problem with flip-flopping on their opinions from time to time, without a basic understanding of archives at their disposal. It always makes me chuckle. If you're in this game long enough you'll have certain posts - that you were fully on board with at the time, almost unbelievably - come back to make you look silly. I learned that the hard way when I wondered out loud whether Andrew Ebbett could prove to be a reason fill-in as the 2nd line centre last season (spoiler: he wasn't).
And then there's this article, which I put together before the season about how I'd like to see John Tortorella utilize a pairing of Jason Garrison and Alex Edler. I know I wasn't the only one that thought it could prove to be a boon for the Canucks, but I was probably one of the more vocal members in that camp. Well, through 20 games, that idea isn't faring too well..
November 14 2013 09:36AM
Hello old friends! It has been way too long since I last filled this blog with words, and I'm sorry about that. Over the summer I changed jobs, and moved, and have been dealing with some personal stuff that has cut into my CanucksArmy.com time.
But I miss you guys, and I promise I'll drop by more frequently going forward than I have through the quarter poll of this pretty excellent hockey season! Here's one of the things you can expect me to produce more regularly: we're re-launching the CanucksArmy podcast. That's right: it's back, and it's going to be better than ever. Here's our first episode featuring Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports and the Marek v. Wyshynski podcast, and Kevin Woodley of NHL.com and InGoal Magazine.
Click past the jump to listen.
November 13 2013 10:49PM
David Booth pays close attention to a question he's being asked. Either that or Tony Gallagher just crop dusted the scrum.
Do you fancy a little Canucks news? Perhaps while a loved one watches Extreme Cheapskates and you do your best not to tear your eyes out? Well, save those peepers, because it's time for Headshots. Lets get at it after the jump!