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October 29 2014 09:31AM
The Nation Network brings you the Nation Minute, a rapid fire look around the network and the NHL. On tap this week, Draisaitl, Scrivens, Wideman, Vrbata, the Leafs and more.
October 28 2014 11:41PM
Tonight on Sportsnet: CAR vs VAN pic.twitter.com/YOc34ws9kP— Gráinne (@wholegrainne) October 29, 2014
As hockey fans, and hockey fans that experienced the 2010-2011 season, we're kinda jaded by the whole hockey thing sometimes. We love this game and this team and watch every game we can, yet still complain on a fairly regular basis about the entertainment value in games. "Ugh, a Tuesday night game against Carolina? What a snoozefest waiting to happen. Waste of time," you might find yourself saying as you plan your entire day around looking forward to watching that game that night.
Well, true to form, Tuesday night's game against Carolina wasn't exactly a barnburner, but it was a 4-1 win, and a game that the Canucks needed to keep pace in what's going to be a vicious and unforgiving playoff race in the Western Conference. Read past the jump for a recap.
October 28 2014 01:04PM
The Carolina Hurricanes are not a good hockey team. Cam Ward is a flaming disaster in net. Their #2 centre is injured long-term. Something called a "Riley Nash" is in their top-6 forward group. They are the only team without a win on the year. If the season ended today, they'd stand a better chance of drafting Connor McDavid than Tim Murray's abomination in Buffalo.
And yet the woeful 'Canes are a better team than their 0-5-2 record and -15 goal differential indicate, and are due for some serious positive regression. They aren't good, but they might be better than the Colorado Avalanche team that lay a beatdown on Vancouver just a few days ago. It's a dangerous game for the Canucks, and it's far from the guaranteed win night you'd be tempted to expect from the last winless team in the NHL.
Read past the jump for a full preview.
October 28 2014 12:49PM
October 27 2014 04:21PM
Dibs on using this Henrik Sedin GIF for reaction purposes in the future http://t.co/Aiuq6Q03Lo— Steph (@myregularface) October 27, 2014
To a certain degree, we all know that the Vancouver Canucks are a one-line team. Sure, the second line of Chris Higgins, Nick Bonino, and Alex Burrows has played some quality hockey to begin the year, but let's face facts here: without Henrik Sedin, the Canucks are far worse than they are with him.
But how much worse are they? Is it possible that losing their captain turns the Canucks into Connor McDavid sweepstakes contenders? How does their depth compare to the rest of the teams in the NHL? Read past the jump to find out.