January 18 2012 01:13PM
As the NHL moves past the midway mark of the season, it’s time to look back at which players deserve hardware, based on their performance over the first half. To answer that question, we polled writers from across the Nation Network, talking to writers at every site.
Today, we look at the second set of our midseason awards: our picks for the winners of the Norris and Selke trophies.
January 18 2012 01:11PM
Cody Hodgson is a beast on the power-play.
In the first pre-season game of the 2011-12 season, the Canucks iced two teams: a stronger squad at home against a weak Flames squad, and a bunch of cannon-fodder in Calgary against a stronger Flames team. When Alain Vigneault sent blue-chip rookie Cody Hodgson to the chopping block in Calgary with the likes of Steve Begin and Darren Archibald, the "Vigneault hates Hodgson" meme took off. This school of thinking has continued in earnest throughout the season, and has taken the form of obsessive critiquing of the way the Canucks head-coach deploys the rookie. The hand-wringing reared its head again last night when Hodgson didn't receive a single shift in over-time.
For the most part, I've found this common obsession with Hodgson's ice-time to be a bit confusing. Under the tutelage of Alain Vigneault, Canucks fans have seen Henrik and Daniel go from point-per game players to regular Art Ross contenders. We've watched as fringe prospects like Bieksa, Hansen and Burrows became productive every day NHLers. All the while, Ryan Kesler morphed into a forty goal scorer, and Alex Edler became an All-Star. Yet we're insisting that Vigneault has lost the ability to develop young hockey players? It just doesn't pass the smell test.
January 17 2012 11:39PM
"Luongo earned them a single point," admitted John Shorthouse at the end of tonight's broadcast of the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings game, the game itself was a 2-2 tie, though the Kings won in the skill competition and the bonus point went home with the white, black and silver visitors from tinseltown. There wasn't any hyperbole to Shorthouse's statement —the Canucks came out flat—and Luongo held the team in the game early with several terrific saves, was strong throughout the game, and made a pair of big saves in overtime before being beaten by Justin Williams and Mike Richards in the shootout.
Final score, I reluctantly accept, officially was 3-2 for the Kings. For detailed analysis, the Statistical Three Stars, and a Scoring Chance Table, please click past the jump.
January 17 2012 02:37PM
You can pick your friends...
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January 17 2012 11:23AM
Azzkikr Custom Motorcycles plan to debut their Canucks themed chopper at the 2012 Vancouver Motorcycle show.
You may think motorbikes and hockey have nothing in common, but the machine and the sport do have some subtle similarities. Think about it, both are fast, potentially dangerous and are idealized as "masculine." Also, Darren Dreger really likes both, and mothers often don't like to watch their children do either! Motorbikes, like hockey, are extremely sexy, and regardless of which one you decide to partake in: please wear a full cage.