Afternoon Headshots: February 19th

Patrick Johnston
February 19 2013 03:31PM

Courtesy hockey memes

Wheeee! It the day that Canucks and Blackhawks fans have been waiting for, the chance to call eachother stupid, lame, wimpy...

Lots out there today, click past the jump for two videos and a selection of the web's best. (One vid may start right away, so don't be shocked. Just hit pause.)

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Game #15 Preview: Canucks @ Blackhawks

Dimitri Filipovic
February 19 2013 11:49AM

Fans would like to see the Canucks get their hands on Duncan Keith, but it's easier said than done.

Vancouver Canucks. Chicago Blackhawks. A puck, and a bunch of sticks.

It's one of the marquee matchups whenever it comes up on the NHL schedule, and it's one of the few games over the course of the regular season that doesn't require any sort of additional billing. We all know the story; the recent history between the two teams, and immense talent level all over the ice speak for themselves.

Read on Past the Jump for More on the Game.

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About that late 5-on-3 against St. Louis...

Cam Charron
February 19 2013 09:55AM


I live in my parents' basement, but sometimes I get to escape upstairs and watch a hockey game.

It's weird to feel emotionally detached from the Vancouver Canucks, but after a year of having written about pretty much every team in the league, there's no real worry for me to watch a game or not. More often than not I'll watch when it's convenient. It's not that anything the organization has done that sucked all the hockey fan out of me, it's that there's just so much more I have to do, and especially on a Sunday night, I'd prefer to spend an evening reading than watching hockey.

But the Canucks happened to be playing the St. Louis Blues, a team that I find super interesting given how good they are with puck-possession and how bad they are in goal. Last season was odd, since Brian Elliott was all-world and he wasn't supposed to be. This season he's been poor, Jaroslav Halak has been hurt, and Jake Allen is carrying the reigns in the absence of both 'tenders.

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Afternoon Headshots: February 18th

Patrick Johnston
February 18 2013 04:20PM

Let's open with Jim Robson's old "special hello to hospital patients and shut-ins, the pensioners, the blind, all the people who don't get out to games but still love the great sport of hockey..."

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What to do with David Booth?

Patrick Johnston
February 18 2013 12:57PM

The man with the Golden Flow, remember him?

Drove everyone nuts - and not just because of his hunting tweets?

The guy that seemed to always drive to the net, only not to score?

Yeah, him.

Well, he's back. (Or, if you prefer the underdog angle: Andrew Ebbett is on waivers.)

A season ago, many were giddy that the Canucks were able to ship out damaged goods Mikael Samuelsson and German-what's-his-name (footnote: Marco Sturm) for a young and fast talent named David Booth. 

Even when he went down with injury in early December, no one worried, he'd been scoring a bit; then he came back and kept scoring.

And then it was February and he apparently couldn't score anymore. 

So who are you, David Booth? What should the Canucks lineup look like when you return?

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