November 02 2014 11:39PM
These aren't your fathers #Perds. Nor is this year's incarnation of the Vancouver Canucks your one-year older brother's. With less than desirable results last season, both teams underwent a series of changes to recapture the buzz of their respective markets and rekindle their offensive fire.
The early returns have these teams planted firmly in the playoff picture with room to spare. Best of all though, both clubs are watchable again. Despite the Canucks playing last night in Edmonton, it was a high-paced game with scoring chances aplenty, at least early. Unfortunately for the Canucks, the bounces didn't go their way and their winning streak was ended with a 3-1 Nashville victory.
More on the other side of the jump.
November 02 2014 01:11PM
One day after a 3-2 win in Edmonton and their 4th consecutive win, Vancouver is back home to play host to the surprisingly good Nashville Predators. Bo Horvat may or may not make his regular season NHL debut, and Eddie Lack will likely get the start against a red hot Pekka Rinne.
Read past the jump for a full preview of tonight's game and a look at today's news and notes from practice.
November 01 2014 11:50PM
Kassian is by far the most entertaining man in a penalty box. http://t.co/opx3dTN2YA— Wyatt Arndt (@TheStanchion) November 2, 2014
Whenever the Canucks and Oilers play, Zack Kassian seems to wind up in the middle of it all. Even when he doesn't play well, as he did tonight, he manages to get involved against the Oilers like few other teams. He "runs their show," if you will.
Kassian himself had a game about as inoffensive as the Oilers are without Taylor Hall, but still managed to be the recipient of a questionable hit that may net Andrew Ference some time in the press box, and took the penalty that led to Derek Dorsett's shorthanded game winning goal.
Read past the jump for a recap of Vancouver's 3-2 win.
November 01 2014 04:11PM
We like to make fun of Alberta's NHL teams a lot around here because, let's face it, they're not very good. Despite a solid start to the year, Calgary's possession numbers indicate that they're closer to contending for Connor McDavid than they are to contending for a playoff spot, and for a while, it seemed like the only thing that Edmonton could win were draft lotteries.
Well, the Oilers have won 4 of their last 5 games, and look as if they've finally begun the climb back to respectability in the Pacific division.
Read past the jump for a preview of tonight's game.
November 01 2014 03:30PM
Three wins aside, the highlight of the week was probably watching the Canucks walk blindfolded through a maze of pie-plate landmines.