March 02 2012 01:41PM
This is a weekly feature that will highlight The Good, The Bad and The *fill in the blank* exciting things that are currently happening in the NHL. Are there controversies happening in the NHL that we don't know about? Is everyone ready for the playoffs? Will Buffalo suddenly become an exciting team? Hockey is fun for the whole family.
March 02 2012 12:50PM
The Good and the Bad of this past week.
It's Friday. So we close out the "Week That Was" with our latest volume of... "Cheers and Jeers!"
This week, I give a high-five to the new Canucks, our man Ace and the Flying W, while I point and laugh at Ritch Winter and Devin Setoguchi.
March 02 2012 11:41AM
The comparison in the title is one that has come up over the last couple of days. Vancouver Sun reporter Elliott Pap brought up one of the Canucks’ greatest trade victories in his take on the Kassian-for-Hodgson deal, and suggested that this time the Canucks might find themselves on the other end of things.
How do Kassian and Stojanov compare?
March 02 2012 10:22AM
Friday night, Grabner scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season in New York’s 9-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. By the way, that’s one more goal than 2009 No. 1 overall pick John Tavares has with the Islanders this season.
Grabner is on pace for 30 goals and was one of the rookies selected to play in last month’s all-star weekend festivities, where he won the fastest skater competition.
Think Gillis and Tallon wouldn’t both like a mulligan on him?
Looking at this in retrospect, you can see why I'm not getting too beat up over the fact that the Vancouver Canucks also dealt Cody Hodgson while he was going through a similar offensive stretch to Michael Grabner in New York one year ago.
March 01 2012 11:27PM
After two disappointing losses in extra time in Dallas and Phoenix, respectively, the Vancouver Canucks returned home on Thursday to show off new acquisitions in front of their home fans for the first time. Zack Kassian, Marc-André Gragnani and Samuel Pahlsson all made their debuts in the blue sweater against the St. Louis Blues, having strong games for the most part.
But there wasn't a lot going on in this one. As expected, there was very little space on the ice, as what tends to happen when you have Ken Hitchcock coaching against a coach who has two of the top defensive centres in the game to his credit. Alex Burrows scored the game's first goal midway through the third period off a lucky bounce and Chris Higgins sealed it with a late empty-net effort, while Roberto Luongo held steady for the 29-save shutout.
For a detailed recap, scoring chance numbers for both teams, and the Statistical Three Stars and Goats, follow us after the jump…