September 23 2013 02:57PM
I can't even tell the difference (Image via Rich Lam )
The NHL has me in a holding pattern of sorts, as I'm sitting around twiddling my thumbs as I wait for news regarding the length of Zack Kassian's (and Dale Weise's, but whatever) suspension.
The worst thing that has come from Saturday's incident - other than of course Sam Gagner's broken jaw - is the amount of irrational comments that have been spewing out as people try to stick up for their player and team. Especially from people who are generally pretty on point with their takes.
At this point though, I honestly can't decide what the bigger black eye is for Edmonton: the fact that their team is now employing noted face puncher Steve MacIntyre, or that their fans/people who cover the team are comparing Sam Gagner to Daniel Sedin..
Read on past the jump if you'd like to take a trip with me to fantasy land.
September 22 2013 05:22PM
Word broke out of Toronto today that NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan will conduct hearings with Canucks forwards Dale Weise and Zack Kassian for naughty conduct versus the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. Weise was penalized two minutes for an illegal check to the head on Taylor Hall, while Kassian should probably have the book thrown at him—he wildly swung his stick around after missing a check and broke Sam Gagner's jaw.
The Kassian infraction is above, if you missed it. Worth noting, his hearing will be in-person. Per Article 18.9 of the NHL's Collective Bargaining Agreement with its Players Association, an in-person hearing is required for a suspension of six or more games.
September 21 2013 03:05PM
Image via Ward Perrin
The Vancouver Canucks are headed to Edmonton for their 3rd preseason game tonight. 7 players from their training camp won't be joining them, however, as they've been assigned to the team's AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets. There's no doubt that Joacim Eriksson - perceived to be Eddie Lack's main competition for the right to back-up Roberto Luongo - is the biggest name out of the bunch. The others sent down include Darren Archibald, Henrik Tommernes, Alexander Mallet, Peter Andersson, Alex Biega, and Adam Polasek.
Some analysis on the move just past the jump.
September 21 2013 02:00PM
The team takes their morning skate, prior to tonight's trip to Edmonton. (Via Canucks)
Hockey Night in Canada is back! Sort of! The team plays on the road for the first time this preseason tonight, when they make the short trip to Edmonton. If you'll recall, their last outing - on Wednesday night against the very same Oilers - was a rather unfortunate one, in which they were blitzed early and often.
Read on past the jump for a look at the expected lineup, and some notes in advance of tonight's game.
September 20 2013 12:43PM
Checking out some of the betting lines, probably.
For most people, simply sitting down on the couch, watching the game, and cheering their team on isn't enough. There's an appeal towards having something - other than, you know, your blood, sweat, and tears - invested in what you're spending all those hours throughout the season watching.
To achieve this some play fantasy sports, while others gamble. I've never invested any sort of meaningful money in what's ultimately a guess of how a sporting event that you have no personal control over will turn out (unless you were associated with the 1919 Black Sox), but I'd be lying if I said that I'd never sprinkled some loose change in the search of the gratification that comes along with being able to say "A-ha, I knew it!". As long as you're in control, it's all good fun.
I was checking out our friends over at Oilers Nation this morning, and noticed that they had posted some odds and Over/Unders for individual Oilers. I figured I'd do the same for the Canucks, so read on past the jump for the goods.