March 26 2012 11:36AM
Fresh of their final extended roadtrip of the regular season, the Canucks will renew acquaintances with the the new-look Los Angeles Kings on national television tonight in Vancouver. The Kings are a tough team, and while they've struggled offensively this season, they absolutely dominate possession and have received superb goaltending from Jonathan Quick. The combination makes the Kings nigh impossible to score on.
The Kings are currently holding down eighth spot in the West, but are only a single point out of third place in the conference. If the Kings fail to win their division (though, I suspect they will figure out a way to win it) they'll be a nightmare first round opponent for either of the top-two seeds. Tonight's game is a potential playoff preview against a physical team that has punched the Canucks squarely in the mouth several times this season, and have spoken openly about their animosity for the Canucks players. Sounds pretty fun!
Click past the jump for a more thorough recap and the underlying numbers!
March 25 2012 01:14PM
Eddie Lack and his teammates are standing tall.
(Photo: Chris Jerina/AHL in Photos)
A good week for the Wolves, featuring solid-as-ever goaltending and signs of improved defensive work.
Read on for more after the jump!
March 25 2012 09:24AM
As the Oilers work to play spoiler in the final eighth of the season, other Canadian teams are still (fruitlessly?) battling to make the dance. Today on Nation Radio we talk prospects, junior hockey, Edmonton's last gasp this season as well as the fading dreams of the Flames and Jets.
This is Nation Radio.
March 24 2012 09:43AM
In the wake of Duncan Keith's five game "punishment" I expect we'll see a fired up Vancouver squad this evening, which should help the team match the intensity level a bubble team like the Avalanche should bring tonight. The Avalanche are a sneaky good team, they have a legitimate "shut-down" pair in O'Byrne and Hejda, and Erik Johnson has gone from being an over-rated underachiever last season, to being an under-rated game-changer this season.
Up front the Avalanche forwards are quality, Landeskog is a two-way beast and so is O'Riley. Stasny brings some elite passing skill, and the likes of Jamie McGinn and Steve Downie have made the Avalanche appreciably more imposing to play against.
That said, they don't boast the overall depth and team quality that the Canucks do. If we're lucky, we'll get some vintage fall of 2009 Henrik Sedin. I'm hoping he'll play angry, become a big green Hulk-like playmaking machine and carry the Canucks to victory tonight.
I'm busy today so the game preview will just include underlying numbers and the three keys to the game, so click past the jump for more.
March 23 2012 02:32PM
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!"
This week, I ask for a phone hearing with Duncan Keith, Brendan Shanahan, The G-Man, and HNIC, but I let Shane Doan, Dan Murphy and Kes + Hank walk away scot-free.