Utica Comets Weeks in Review: January 23rd - February 5th

Jeremy Davis
February 07 2017 03:00PM

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It feels like every time I gear up to write about the Comets, I'm talking about either a prolonged winning streak, or a prolonged losing streak. This is just about the streakiest I have ever seen a team play. After winning seven of nine, and then losing nine straight, and the winning eight of nine, the Comets have now lost four in a row. If they stick to the pattern, it looks like they're in for a rough week. It doesn't help that this coming week will be their busiest of the season to date - though at least they'll be getting Brendan Gaunce back.

But before we look ahead, let's look back at the weeks than were.

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Philip Larsen is Adequate

J.D. Burke
February 07 2017 01:00PM


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Philip Larsen has been a lightning rod for criticism since returning to the Canucks' lineup from a December 8th concussion. He's found himself on the ugly end of many a broken play, and an alarming number of those have found their way to the back of his net. It's been an ugly reunion.

Now questions abound about whether Larsen has what it takes to remain a fixture on the Canucks back end as they enter the most critical stretch of their season. Depending on who you ask, the skepticism runs so deep as to bring into question whether he's even an NHL defenceman in any capacity.

I'm of a different mind, though. Larsen's had a rough few games, but nothing so disastrous that I'm shaken from my conviction that he's a genuinely fine and useful third pair defenceman. An imperfect one, sure. But he's not alone in that regard -- certainly not on the Canucks blue line.

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What He's Saying: Jim Benning's Prospects Update

Vanessa Jang
February 07 2017 11:00AM

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We know Brock Boeser, Olli Juolevi, and Thatcher Demko. We've heard plenty about the Canucks' top three prospects, but not much about the rest of the list. Jim "Draft Guru" Benning came into Vancouver with quite the drafting pedigree. During his tenure with Buffalo and Boston, Benning managed to snatch some mid-round gems. Derek Roy, Jason Pominville, and Dennis Wideman were all 2nd to 7th-round picks who have had rather successful careers.

Prior to Jim Benning's hiring, the the depth prospect cupboard was sub-par. Three year's in, it's been filled. It's not necessarily full (or even close to full), but it's a heck of a lot better than it was before. This weekend on Hockey Prospect Radio, Jim Benning have us an update and scouting report on some players who may not be getting very much publicity.

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February 07 2017 09:00AM



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There are no gimme's from here on out for the Vancouver Canucks and with the start of their six game road trip beginning in Nashville this evening, they'll need every bit of help they can get. The loss on Saturday to the Wild really stung because it was a measuring stick for what this team should expect.

They failed.

Tonight, the Predators will have a healthy lineup and it could give the Canucks fits right from the opening faceoff. Round one of the "biggest game of the season" starts tonight so I sure hope this team is ready for the challenge.

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#NationDubs - Episode 1

Nation World HQ
February 07 2017 07:00AM

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The pulse of hockey introduces the first episode of NationDubs.

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