October 05 2013 12:04PM
That's a captain's moustache, alright!
It's been a slow week for the Giants. After losing 4-1 to the Everett Silvertips on Friday, the Giants entered a week of practice as they waited to hit the road and begin their annual Eastern Conference trip, on which they dropped their opening game last night by a 4-3 score to the Wheat Kings. Joining the G-Men will be Montreal Canadiens 2nd-round pick, star overage defenseman and newly named captain Dalton Thrower. He'll bring an offensive punch and a hard-nosed demeanor to the blueline, while complicating an already cloudy situation.
Vancouver once again has eight defensemen competing to fill six spots, while a mess of injuries up front are forcing some guys to play out of position. Defenders Arvin Atwal and Reid Zalitach played forward against the Wheat Kings while Rob Trzonkowski, Travis McEvoy, Scott Cooke, Dalton Sward and Jakub Stuckel continue to nurse injuries. Tim Traber also didn't dress last night due to the flu.
Despite being ravaged by injuries and absolutely awful to start the season, the Giants can take some solace in the fact that their struggles have been in part the product of some bad luck.
Read on past the jump for more.
October 04 2013 01:04PM
The Sharks shooting the puck with Tanev on the ice, a common sight. (Image via Getty Images)
I noted last night that we have changed the format with which we will be analyzing Canucks games this season. We'll have a rapid recap of the every game as quickly as possible following its conclusion so that you guys have a platform to discuss - whether it's in the form of ranting, complaining, celebrating a victory, or posing questions - in the comments section.
The morning after we'll do a more in-depth post which takes a deeper look at the numbers from the game the previous night. It'll be dubbed 'The Hangover'. Hopefully over time you'll come to appreciate it like a refreshingly spicy Caesar following a heavy night of drinking. So without further ado, read on past the jump for the scoring chance totals and some other interesting numbers..
October 04 2013 10:27AM
Our 2004 7th round pick secures his future with a new $10M deal.
This is a regular Friday feature combining a healthy mixture of observation, analysis, and foresight on the Vancouver Canucks. If you'd like to get at me about anything covered in this column, follow me on Twitter at @yyjordan and let's start a textual relationship (wink).
October 03 2013 11:14PM
Back to the drawing board for Tortorella after this one, no doubt. (Image via James Guillory )
It had been 149 days since the Vancouver Canucks last played a meaningful game heading into Thursday night's regular season opener against the San Jose Sharks. As you're all aware of, that game took place in the same building as this one, and I'm sure many a Canucks fan was still dealing with the trauma brought on by the Sharks' prolific power play back in May.
Well, it was a similar result this time around as the Canucks fell to the Sharks by a score of 4-1, but they did so in a different manner; San Jose had 8 power play opportunities, including a 2-minute 5-on-3, and failed to register a single goal. Yet they still managed to handle the Canucks with relative ease.
So what went wrong on Thursday night? Here's a hint: more things went wrong than right. Read on past the jump for some quick thoughts.
October 03 2013 02:12PM
image via sharks.nhl.com
Some time ago, in April (was it April? The first round of the playoffs is usually in April. Maybe it was May?) the Vancouver Canucks were swept out of the Stanley Cup playoffs by an underdog team known as the San Jose Sharks.
Since then, the Canucks have made significant changes, including ditching the old coach, hiring a new one, and shaking up the bottom six (a figurative shake-up, like when you've left orange juice in the fridge too long and all the pulp seeps down to the bottle of the pitcher. You shake it to even out the pulp but it doesn't really change the overall composition of the components of the pitcher) and sacrificing a bull to Apollo, the Greek God of healing and medicine, in hopes that the top six will stay healthy throughout the season.
The Sharks, meanwhile, ditched the shoulder yokes and tail stripes on their jerseys, as pictured above. Aesthetically, they'll look more different than the Canucks.