January 14 2012 05:24PM
Rising Action is a sometimes weekly, sometimes bi-weekly column from Canucks Army writer Patrick Johnston which comments on issues in the media. This week, it's all about the narrative.
January 13 2012 02:06PM
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 send Pierre Gauthier to his hotel room to pack, while giving a big stack of congratulatory pancakes to Dustin Penner... and Ken Hitchcock, cuz YOU KNOW that guy likes to eat! AMIRITE?!
January 12 2012 01:48PM
Matt Climie and the Wolves had a fantastic week.
(Chris Jerina/AHL in Photos)
The Wolves are roaring - four straight wins has vaulted them into second place in the division. The Charlotte Checkers are just two points up on the Wolves, but the boys from suburban Chicago have two games in hand. Given their opposition this week, there's no reason to think they won't carry on with their recent run of form.
January 12 2012 01:32PM
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 pancakes the next big threat to hockey players? Is there a cure for fan rage? Why is Mike Duco the only vampire on the Canucks … surely he must have turned someone by now. Hockey: it makes us laugh, cry and bleed.
January 12 2012 12:51PM
As someone that's worked the mathier side of hockey analysis for a few years, I've become inured to seeing players with shiny boxcar numbers get lauded while players labouring under difficult circumstances get ignored. It's the way things have always worked in the hockey media, and despite the occasional mention of underlying numbers from guys like Elliotte Friedman, the use of advanced stats still is out there on the fringes.
With that in mind, this morning's column from Gary Lawless mentioning, amongst other things, that Jonathan Toews was his pick from the Selke was pretty much exactly what I expected. I realize that the Selke has evolved into an award given to really good offensive players that can find their own end without the aid of a GPS, so the fact that players in the recent past like Frans Nielsen have received the bum's rush is unfortunate, but unsurprising.