October 25 2014 05:00PM
Sometimes I have a topic in mind and I will write like a mad man, excited to deliver my thoughts to the masses, so we can all talk very specifically about what I had in mind. Other times there is just simply not much going on, and with the Canucks only seven games into the season, I honestly don't have it in me to beat the drum of an ill-formed narrative based on such a small sample size. I've seen people call Sbisa the devil, I've seen people blame the Canucks loss to Dallas on the Kesler/Luongo trades, and I'm pretty sure someone thinks Desjardins' moustache is ruining the power play. Based purely on seven games of action.
With that being said, it's Saturday, it's almost Halloween, I thought it would be fun to do the typical "what's running through my head" article, as that is far better than anything else I could attempt right now. Unless you guys really did want me to do that article on Joacim Eriksson is the missing link to the Canucks Stanley Cup run of 2018... Read more past the jump!
October 25 2014 01:44PM
I'm not saying that it was a bad week for the Canucks, but the highlight may have been Zack Kassian's moment of brilliance saving the Canucks from paying for their bad change. The "it's not fun to be a Canuck" narrative has certainly been a strong one this week, but when it is not?
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October 25 2014 09:45AM
The Fantasy Minute is a quick run through the best Fantasy Hockey waiver adds, sleepers and buy low-sell high candidates for the week. (Based on 12 team leagues)
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October 25 2014 09:04AM
Our friends at The Royal Half have created the Pacific War Room… a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the
best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams. In alphabetical order of the teams in the Pacific Division including the Canucks, Flames and Oilers… we present the Pacific War Room for this week.
October 24 2014 10:55PM
It isn't news that the Colorado Avalanche are in tough this season. Despite an impressive GoalsFor% north of 53% last year, the Avs underlying numbers told the story of a club that was benefiting from favourable bounces at all ends of the ice. Their combined sh% and sv% at even strength made for an unsustainable PDO well north of the mean 1000.
Those factors made the Avalanche a poster boy for regression heading into this season. In large part, they have been. Small samples have driven the needle several ticks below expected percentages though and it seemed reasonable to expect them to bounce back. And oh, how they did against our beloved Vancouver Canucks.
Whether it was regression to the mean, some of Colorado's newer and more legal NOT marijuana related attractions or a combination of both, Vancouver left the Pepsi Center a disheveled shell of their former selves of last night. I'm not saying the Canucks embarrassed themselves, but the final score was 7-3 and they gave up almost 50 shots.
More on the other side of the jump!