April 30 2012 12:22PM
When Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis, a former player agent, went whole hog and essentially bashed Cody Hodgson for being a handful to deal with in his season ending press conference - it was jarring. Gillis has been an advocate for players rights his entire career, just ask Alan Eagleson, and it was surprising to hear him paint a talented young player as something of a prima donna. You knew that Cody Hodgson's camp was going to respond somehow, and they found an ingenious vessel to do so in Hodgson's well respected personal trainer: Gary Roberts.
April 30 2012 10:40AM
Like their parent club, the Chicago Wolves are skating off into the night.
(Chris Jerina/AHL in Photos)
On Friday night, the Wolves were looking to do what the Canucks couldn't do the weekend before - perform the reverse sweep and snatch a series win away from an opponent. Despite dominating the second and third periods, Chicago fell vicitm to their own bad ice. The visiting Rampage watched calmly as the Wolves couldn't connect on several golden opportunities, before finally taking an opportunity of their own in the second overtime period to seal the series win.
Look for analysis, chance and zone start data after the jump!
April 30 2012 08:18AM
Despite a sixth consecutive season with more than 20 goals, 2011-12 was not a good year for talented Washington Capitals’ winger Alexander Semin. His 21-goals was a post-lockout low, his 54 points fell below expectations, and he was dogged by frequent criticism that he wasn’t giving it his all when he played.
April 29 2012 10:51AM
With Lowetide engaging in a hot air balloon race around the world this weekend (the queen herself shall drop the checkered flag!), OilersNation's own Robin Brownlee took the wheel in LT's stead. Joining him this Saturday were all manner of characters and celebrities, including David Staples, Jason Gregor and Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney. Mr. Brownlee is also the Nation's record holder for
banning trolls engaging commenters in lively debate, so give a listen as he braves listener/reader calls and emails.
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April 28 2012 01:53PM
Eddie Lack stood tall in game three. His mates worked hard too, keeping most Rampage attacks to the outside.
(Chris Jerina/AHL in Photos)
Apologies, readers, this one got lost in the wash. More to come as the weekend rolls along.
Missing two key offensive performers, the Wolves buckled down and won a tight affair against San Antonio on Monday night. Facing do-or-die without Nik Jensen and Steve Reinprecht, Chicago leaned heavily on the veteran savvy of Mark Mancari and Darren Haydar. Haydar, who is taking over an AHL playoff scoring record it seems every night, was especially influential, recording two goals and playing first unit penalty kill minutes all night.
Mancari was an offensive force, double-shifting for much of the night. His extra icetime resulted in 8 of his team's 16 scoring chances in the game.
For more analysis and some detailed stats (including zone starts and chances) read past the jump!