October 25 2016 03:00PM
Photo Credit: Lindsay A. Mogle / Utica Comets
The Comets' offence finally woke up and it brought them their first win of the season, but keeping the puck out of their own net continues to be a struggle - they've allowed 17 goals in four games so far, which is the worst goals against per game rate in the AHL. Yikes.
The was a lot of lineup shuffling this week as well, as Travis Green tries to find the right combination of players to score more and get scored on less. If there is a silver lining here, it's that they only allowed seven goals last weekend after allowing ten the weekend before. Baby steps.
Check out all this an more in this week's Utica Comets Weekly Report.
October 25 2016 09:00AM
Coming to grips with Nikita Tryamkin has been an exhausting exercise from the onset. That hasn't changed as he enters his second season in North America. And it might not get easier by the time his third season rolls around either.
There were questions about the 6'7" Russian from the moment Vancouver selected him during his third tour at the draft. His time in the KHL thereafter did little to shed light on their investment too.
Until about two months into his KHL swansong last season, that is. Tryamkin began to see an appreciable increase in ice time and by the time he'd made his way onto my television for the Spengler Cup he was playing a premier role in his team's top four. By the turn of spring, he'd come to Vancouver a beacon of hope in an otherwise bleak season.
October 25 2016 01:14AM
Can you believe the Ottawa Senators don't play the Canucks more often? I mean, this rivalry is so deep the NHL had no choice but to give them their own Heritage Classic in 2014, and what an amazing game that was! It even resulted in the best goalie the Canucks have ever had demanding a trade out of town. You know what, this means war.
Even though Dion Phaneuf was signed by the Maple Leafs, the Senators still brought him into the fold as a damaged mess and I haven't seen questionable spending like that by Senators since Mike Duffy.
I went there, I'll wait. OK it was a stretch.
Seriously, what do they see in that guy? How can one team have so much money tied up in one defens- I'll stop.
Canucks/Senators - TONIGHT!
October 24 2016 05:00PM
It was the best of weeks; it was the worst of weeks. The Canucks continued their winning ways all the way to the weekend, beating the St. Louis Blues and Buffalo Sabres. Then reality came crashing down. The Canucks dropped back-to-back contests to the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks, finishing the week 4-1-1.
If you told me the Canucks would start the season with a 4-1-1 record, though, I'd say things went pretty damn well for them. And they have! The Canucks are probably getting better results than they deserve, but I'll be damned if they haven't played better hockey too! At least for the most part.
Anyways, you've all got questions, and I've got answers. That's kind of how this thing goes.
October 24 2016 04:24PM
Photo credit: Vancouver Canucks twitter (@canucks)
The Canucks resisted the urge as best they could, but they have finally succumbed to the inevitable and recalled Richmond legend Troy Stecher from Utica. Fans rejoiced around Vancouver as they've been clamouring for this since he was reassigned to the AHL prior to the start of the season. Vancouver's hot start to the season assuaged some of the Stecher-angst, but their first regulation loss last night has turned the tide. The Canucks need Troy Stecher!
They'd do anything to get him here, so they're even letting him bring a friend. Stecher has chosen 26-year old right shot centre Jayson Megna to be his travelling companion.