Game #45 Preview - St. Louis Cruisin'

Cam Davie
January 12 2012 12:17PM


Alex Edler, playing last year in St. Louis against the Blues, was selected today to play in
this year's All-Star game in Ottawa. Congrats, Alex!
(Photo by Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Imagess)

Game Day Recon: Game #45 - Canucks @ Blues

The top two teams in the Western Conference face off tonight in St. Louis, as the Blues and Canucks play for first place in the West.

And the Blues go for their third straight win against the Canucks this season, and a win in the season series. Not too bad for a team that was struggling early but used a coaching change to quickly and swiftly right the ship.

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An Investment Worth the Price

Jeff Angus
January 12 2012 08:25AM


Jeremy Price (right) battles for the puck in an ECAC Conference game against Union College.

Over the last few months, I have been profiling some lesser known Canuck prospects, like Frankie Corrando, Sebastian Erixon, Joseph LaBate, and Patrick McNally. I’ll continue with that theme today, as I want to bring some attention to defensive standout Jeremy Price. Price, like McNally, is a skilled defenseman playing in the NCAA’s ECAC Conference (McNally for Harvard, and Price for the Colgate Raiders). Price was picked in the fourth round (113th overall) by the Canucks back in 2009, and since then has progressed into one of the better defensemen in college hockey. We don’t hear a lot about him, but as we have seen with Kevin Bieksa, unknown college defenseman can have a big impact at the NHL level (like Price and McNally, Bieksa was on no one’s radar in Vancouver while he played in the NCAA).

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Somehow, Schneider

Cam Charron
January 11 2012 12:54PM

I was going to write a pretty long post today about Cory Schneider's regression to the mean. I think he's been pretty lax on a couple of straight starts and hasn't looked like he's been pulling his weight as much as he did during that stretch at the end of November and his numbers are finally returning to his career average.

So I looked into it, under the assumption that Schneider hadn't put up a quality start in three starts. For those who are unawares still, a quality start is a Hockey Prospectus statistic that counts whether or not a goaltender played well enough to allow his team to win: to earn a quality start, a goalie must stop 91.3% of shots in a single game, or stop 88.5% of shots while allowing two or fewer.

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24/7: A Bit Off, But Still Great.

John Cullen
January 11 2012 11:50AM

I have to admit, I had almost forgotten how much I love HBO 24/7. The show was appointment television upon its debut last year, and the Penguins and Capitals did not disappoint. This year lacked a bit of the sheen because that initial excitement of “ohmygodtheplayersareSWEARINGandtheyreallydohateeachotherandwaitaminu teisthatbbqsauceonbruceboudreausface” wore off, but it was still a pretty amazing installment of TV that was tough not to enjoy. Let’s take a look at the good and bad from the second season of 24/7, featuring the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers.

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Canucks Get Thunderstruck, Survive

Thomas Drance
January 11 2012 10:01AM

It was the second game of a back-to-back and the team's 9th game in the last 16 days, and did it ever show. The Canucks needed a cheapish shootout goal to escape Tampa Bay with two points, despite the fact that the Lightning thoroughly dominated proceedings on Tuesday. The Canucks were pummeled at even-strength, and surrendered 25! total chances to last season's Eastern Conference bridesmaid.

Luckily for Vancouver, they had Cory Schneider in net and he had a terrific game despite the four goals allowed. In fact the play of Schneider, contrasted with the less than stellar performance of Dwayne Roloson for Tampa, allowed the Canucks to snatch two points from the jaws of defeat.

A more thorough recap, the statistical three stars and scoring chance data after the jump.

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