October 18 2013 09:57AM
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 18 2013 12:07AM
All the Canucks needed on this night was Higgins' 1st period tally. (Image via Sean Rubnyk )
Good lord, the Buffalo Sabres are as bad as the numbers, and the people on my Twitter timeline say. I've got to say that I hadn't seen much of them through the first few weeks of this early season, but by essentially any metric they had been absolutely abysmal through the first 8 games of the season.
The Canucks pounced on them early, and took advantage of their general ineptitude en route to another victory against an inferior opponent. I'm not going to fault them for beating a poor team - you can only play the team that's in front of you, after all - but we need to keep things in perspective and not get too carried away since there's a strong chance that the 2013-14 Buffalo Sabres will go down as a historically bad team.
Still.. the Canucks are now 2-0 on their season long 7-game roadtrip, and have secured 4 meaningful points ahead of their upcoming matchup with Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
October 17 2013 10:28PM
Zack Kassian during happier times; more hair, teeth intact and an unquenchable thirst for blood.
Here it is, Evening Head Shots, Episode 2: The Phantom...something or other. I'm back again, though some of you may not be happy about that, it's alright, it was nice to get a real negative reaction for once; I assume it was because I wasn't swearing nearly enough or because we all know that my Dad can kick the shit out of your Dad. Anyways, here we go.
October 17 2013 05:00PM
...it just so happens that it's usually on right wing while the Sedins are on the ice. And man, is Mike Santorelli ever in the right place at the right time.
The flip side, of course, is that it is also possible to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
But this post is not about Santorelli (I used a pencil for a reason) or the role that luck/randomness/chance plays in hockey (been there, done that).
No, today we get to talk about Cody Hodgson, who a couple of years ago found himself in the right place but at the wrong time.
Or should I say, at the wrong ice time?
October 17 2013 01:48PM
The jury is still out on the winner of the Mogilny-Hodgson trade
Tonight is Game 2 of the 7-game roadtrip, taking place in Buffalo, the hometown of a certain one-time Vancouver Canucks prospect. Not to spend too much time on this deal (I'd rather not) but I recognize it's a big story today. I have the same opinion of the trade as I did back in the spring of 2012—the return was underwhelming for the price. Mike Gillis cashed in his overpriced stock, Cody Hodgson, and took on another overvalued commodity in return in the form of one of the dozens of 'next Milan Lucic' players populating hockey.
"The Buffalo Sabres are 4-1-0 in their last five games against the Vancouver Canucks" so says the NHL.com preview, which can't be particularly useful information. Both teams have just 11 players from their last game against one another on the active roster and each of them has a player that happens to be suspended. One of the games in that stretch of five is from January of 2007, a game that saw the Canucks get goals from Taylor Pyatt, Jan Bulis and Markus Naslund while Jason Pominville, Paul Gaustad and Chris Drury scored for the Sabres.
Basically, recent records against Eastern Conference teams are even more useless than they normally are. Assisting on that Bulis goal, by the way, Josh Green and Rory Fitzpatrick.