February 02 2012 11:29PM
The entire tenure of Gary Bettman can be summed up in the fact that the Vancouver Canucks got a point tonight. They had no business being in this game, no business winning this game, and yet still took it to a shootout and escape with what amounts to half a victory in this warped system the NHL has created for itself.
For analysis, scoring-chance breakdown and the Statistical Three Stars, click past the jump.
February 02 2012 02:40PM
Keith Ballard checking out the photos he took of AV's Dog-House.
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February 02 2012 12:21PM
Aw, Kes and Higs. You so cutesy together. You just love playing the Wings, don't you.
Expect these two American BFF's to have large games tonight.
(Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
Game Day Recon: Game #51 - Red Wings @ Canucks
As Iain McIntyre wrote in a column late yesterday, "Nobody hates the Wings and it's making me sick." He says, if winning breeds hatred for other NHL teams, as Ken Hitchcock suggested when asked why everyone hates the Canucks, then why doesn't everyone (well, everyone but Ryan Lambert) hate the perennial Cup contending Red Wings? All they've done is win for 15 years. Yet, they're considered the model organization, from ownership on down.
Well... Yeah. They are. Because they're good! And they've won for 15 years. But let's starting hating the Red Wings too.
February 02 2012 11:56AM
Yep Corey, that puck is indeed behind you.
(Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
When Cody Hodgson isn't stealing jobs and hearts - he's busy making an impressive mid-season run that may yet earn him a Calder nomination. Today the NHL recognized the incredible run Hodgson has been on, by naming him "NHL Rookie of the Month" in January.
February 02 2012 10:11AM
In the big picture, the 50 game mark is of very little significance over an 82-game NHL season. But let’s be honest -- it’s a nice round number and one that is easily divisible by two. The Canucks reached the 50 game mark with their 3-2 overtime win over Chicago on Tuesday, and being good with simple math, that’s all that is needed to allow us to take a look at the first two 25 game segments of the 2011-12 Vancouver Canucks season, make a few observations, and maybe draw a few conclusions too. Follow me past the jump: