November 19 2012 02:12PM
Image Via @ObiwanJennobi
So, at this point the NHL Lockout is driving me nuts. Without hockey games to analyze, line-combinations to explain, hot-streaks to debunk and unfair criticisms of Alain Vigneault to shit on - I'm left scraping the bottom of the barrel to manufacture blog content. Today's post arguably represents my lowest point (but realistically the lockout is only 70 days old, so I still have plenty of time to go even lower).
There are now more daily users on Instagram than there are on Twitter, and for the most part, people use Instagram the way Twitter's critics suggest Tweeters use Twitter (by which I mean that Instagram is 80% pictures of food).
For Canucks fans, Instagram appears to be used primarily to share photos of them meeting their favorite player, photos of their newest Canucks gear, of them and their friends cheering on the team, or to take pictures of weed with a Canucks lighter vaguely included in the photo. And all of these photos are shared with the hashtag: "#Canucks."
My favorite type of "#Canucks" tagged Instagram photo, however, are the photos from pet owners dressing their pets, children and snowmen up like real people. So I decided to curate the best, of the best cute Canucks supporters on Instagram. Enjoy!
November 18 2012 11:44PM
Here for your entertainment, ladies and gents, are highlights from five KHL games. If you're skeptical about the KHL, watch the highlights from the CSKA Moscow-Lokomotiv game and the Dynamo Moscow-Dinamo Minsk game, because those were damn good games.
November 18 2012 08:23AM
After the jump, some of the best general interest articles from the Nation Network this week. Topics include (but are not limited to, he said in a lawyerly, small print voice): Justin Schultz, whether older players get worse over the course of a long season (don't break a hip, Ryan), the best bargains in the NHL, Hall of Fame inductees Pavel Bure and Barrie Stafford, the best and worst in jerseys, a player who isn't happy with his NHL '13 rating, and of course the lockout.
November 17 2012 09:40PM
Wolves skaters check out one of the few noteworthy moments - a Guillaume Desbiens fight - on the jumbotron.
Anyone that knows me will tell you all about how fond I am of word play, and let me tell you, the title above was not accidental. There's some things that you just can't unsee, and unfortunately, I get the feeling that this Saturday night tilt between the Wolves and the Peoria Rivermen is one of them.
After two lackluster periods, there seemed to be a potentially exciting finish to the game brewing, as the result was still in question. Those sentiments were quickly erased once the Rivermen locked the game down after netting the go-ahead goal with roughly 10 minutes left.
The Wolves - who lost to this same Peoria team by a 3-2 score in overtime last night - lost for the first time in regulation at the Allstate Arena. As you can tell, I won't sugarcoat things; this game was incredibly choppy, and poorly played all the way around. But some things did happen, and I'll do my best to fill you in on them.
Read Past the Jump for Notes on the Game.
November 16 2012 10:31PM
Zack Kassian's movember stash, Bobby Clarke gap and the hashtags in this all kill me. I'm dead.
The Chicago Wolves have had plenty of rest recently. Call it a scheduling quirk, or call it a different type of "league initiated hiatus" but the Wolves hadn't played a game in nearly a week.
They played on Friday night however, and the rust was evident through forty-eight mostly listless minutes. The Wolves struggled to generate scoring chances or push the attack forward, and were unusually permissive in their own end. Goaltender Eddie Lack bailed his club out repeatedly, but the Wolves still allowed the Rivermen to build a two goal lead and weren't showing much urgency about it early in the third period; a full six minutes into the final frame and the Wolves had yet to generate a single shot on goal.
But the game turned in a hurry. First, Guillame Desbiens knocked a puck out of the air and into the Peoria net; and not thirty second later Kevin Connauton unleashed a shot from the top of the circle that was expertly tipped by Steve Pinizzotto for the game tying marker.
From there the Wolves were all over the Rivermen, handily controlling the proceedings over the balance of the third frame and into overtime. But the Wolves' dominance of the latter ten minutes of the game wasn't enough on this evening. With twenty-six seconds to play in the overtime period, Rivermen winger Phil MacRae leaked like a Revenue Lost Chart through the Wolves defense, and beat Lack with a quick forehand deke to win the game.
Read past the jump for more.