October 18 2013 06:07PM
Madison Bowey and Tyson Baillie are leading the way for the strong Kelowna Rockets.
The Vancouver Giants haven't played a game since ending their disasterous eastern road trip without a win, so instead we'll turn our attention this week toward the Okanagan and what is probably the B.C. Division's top team: the Kelowna Rockets. Led by offensive contributions from young guns Tyson Baillie, Nick Merkley and Riley Stadel, the Rockets are off to a furious 6-1-0-2 start. They trail only the Victoria Royals for the B.C. Division lead, but the Royals have played four more games.
For a closer look at Kelowna's early season success, read past the jump.
October 18 2013 09:57AM
This is a regular Friday feature combining a healthy mixture of observation, analysis, and foresight on the Vancouver Canucks. If you'd like to get at me about anything covered in this column, follow me on Twitter at @yyjordan and let's start a textual relationship (wink).
October 18 2013 12:07AM
All the Canucks needed on this night was Higgins' 1st period tally. (Image via Sean Rubnyk )
Good lord, the Buffalo Sabres are as bad as the numbers, and the people on my Twitter timeline say. I've got to say that I hadn't seen much of them through the first few weeks of this early season, but by essentially any metric they had been absolutely abysmal through the first 8 games of the season.
The Canucks pounced on them early, and took advantage of their general ineptitude en route to another victory against an inferior opponent. I'm not going to fault them for beating a poor team - you can only play the team that's in front of you, after all - but we need to keep things in perspective and not get too carried away since there's a strong chance that the 2013-14 Buffalo Sabres will go down as a historically bad team.
Still.. the Canucks are now 2-0 on their season long 7-game roadtrip, and have secured 4 meaningful points ahead of their upcoming matchup with Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
October 17 2013 10:28PM
Zack Kassian during happier times; more hair, teeth intact and an unquenchable thirst for blood.
Here it is, Evening Head Shots, Episode 2: The Phantom...something or other. I'm back again, though some of you may not be happy about that, it's alright, it was nice to get a real negative reaction for once; I assume it was because I wasn't swearing nearly enough or because we all know that my Dad can kick the shit out of your Dad. Anyways, here we go.
October 17 2013 05:00PM
...it just so happens that it's usually on right wing while the Sedins are on the ice. And man, is Mike Santorelli ever in the right place at the right time.
The flip side, of course, is that it is also possible to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
But this post is not about Santorelli (I used a pencil for a reason) or the role that luck/randomness/chance plays in hockey (been there, done that).
No, today we get to talk about Cody Hodgson, who a couple of years ago found himself in the right place but at the wrong time.
Or should I say, at the wrong ice time?