Comets Militia: Down on the Farm – April 17th, 2015

Josh W
April 17 2015 11:00AM


Courtesy: Lindsay Mogle

We are back with this week’s Comets Militia report, where we review all the latest in news, statistics, rumours, gossip and made up narratives regarding the Vancouver Canucks farm team: The Utica Comets.  The Comets continue their winning streak, as they look towards the Calder Cup and try to win the West.

Read past the jump to see how this week went down.

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April 17 2015 09:00AM


Turn down for what? The Flames? To be honest, I've only heard that one line and I would assume Lil' Jon says "O-KAAAAAY!" at some point too (editor's note: he doesn't). So now you know two things: The Canucks are down 1-0 in their series against the Flames and I am not well versed in throat rapping by Lil' Jon. 

We all have some thoughts about that first game. For me, mainly the Canucks played pretty well overall but scoring ONE goal isn't going to cut it. The goalies will easily be a big factor every game and it's going to take more than one Bo Horvat ricochet to beat the Flames four times. I hate to say it, but Calgary doesn't look that bad, the Canucks are going to have to really work now.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
April 17 2015 06:30AM


The first round, Leaf's mass firing, Canucks defense could be problematic, Jets least likely to win Cup, Jay Feaster's Flames, a look at Mac T's first 2 years as Oilers GM and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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Hockey Graphs Podcast Episode 13: Playoff Preview Extravaganza!

Rhys Jessop
April 16 2015 06:00PM

Hockey Graphs Podcast 2

Garret battles narcolepsy while Rhys tries to not talk about where every junior player ever played their peewee hockey. And somehow, we even found time to preview every NHL playoff series and share their picks!

Click past the jump to see who we think is going to make some noise these playoffs.

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Why Willie Desjardins needs to ride his best players in the postseason

Thomas Drance
April 16 2015 11:19AM

Photo Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA TODAY Sports

Willie Desjardins, in his first year as the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, was disciplined in his approach to rolling four forward lines and all three defense pairings. It worked for the club, as the team improved on their 2013-14 performance by 17 points in Desjardins' first year behind the bench.

Going into this series the Canucks' two best players, Henrik and Daniel Sedin, had played fewer minutes per game than they had in over half a decade. They were thought to be rested. Meanwhile the Calgary Flames entered this series with four defenseman (three of them healthy) playing over 23 minutes per game and their third-pair defensemen rarely see the ice. 

Presumably that should be an advantage for the Canucks, particularly late in games. It didn't go down that way in Vancouver's series opening loss though.

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