October 15 2011 11:16AM
Ballard and his hips are taking their talents into Rexall Place tonight to face the Oilers.
He'll probably get a penalty for that hit, though.
(Photo by by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
Game Day Recon: Game 5 - Canucks @ Oilers
The Canucks haters must love the first couple of weeks of the NHL. It's the same every year. Slow start, mediocre goaltending, squandered chances, lack of chemistry.
Blah blah blah.
Tonight's the perfect night for the Canucks to make their doubters think twice. In case we forgot, the Canucks also started 1-2-1 last season. Game #5 - a very convincing 5-1 win.
Is it in the cards for Game #5 this season?
October 14 2011 07:03PM
After a summer of sloth, our review of some of the recent events of note from around the league returns Nationwide. In this iteration of the round-up, the Flames snap out of it, the Oilers sleep through another night in St. Paul, and the Jets get a reality check in the Windy City.
October 14 2011 04:52PM
Last night, watching the negative reaction to Tom Renney’s selection of Shawn Horcoff for shootout duty, I was struck by how poorly a player’s shootout ability is reflected in his overall offensive totals (Horcoff has, when used, been one of the league’s best shootout options).
So I decided to look at who the worst shootout players in the game (min. 20 shots) have been, and it’s quite a list. Among the skaters on the list are numerous major award winners – guys who have led the league in total goals, total points, and been named the NHL’s most valuable player. The Canucks, Oilers and Maple Leafs are all represented. One of them even shows up on the highlight video above. Like I said, it’s quite a list.
October 14 2011 11:42AM
The Good and the Bad of this past week.
It's Friday. So we close out the "Week That Was" with our latest volume of Cheers and Jeers.
We start with a truly classless move, and HEYHEY! it wasn't from a member of the Canucks!
October 14 2011 10:32AM
Cory Schneider was tested often, and played well to prevent the blowout against Detroit.
Photo Credit: Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images
The Canucks were soundly beaten by the Red Wings by a tally of 2-0 on Thursday night. The team has performed unevenly in the very early going, and the loss dropped the club to 1-2-1 on the season, and 1-2-0 on their current road-swing. The team had a better first period than they managed in Columbus or Philadelphia, drawing an early penalty and looking dangerous with the man-advantage. That changed in a big way during a brutal second frame in which the Red Wings notched a basically unprecedented 19 scoring chances (most of them on the power-play) and found the back of the net twice.