October 08 2013 04:03PM
(Editors Note: It's back! Last season we debuted the "Canucks fan round-table." The reader response was really good and so were the answers from participants. Because I really enjoyed putting these pieces together last season, I figured we'd continue on with the feature this year.
- Do the Vancouver Canucks have the wherewithal to compete with the likes of Los Angeles and San Jose in the Pacific this season? Why or why not? What has to change to give them a fighting chance?
- On a scale of one to ten, how much do you think the team will miss Cory Schneider this season? Why or why not?
- What are you first impressions of the John Tortorella era? Are you, or are you not entertained?
- Recommend three twitter accounts - players, bloggers, fans, media or whatever - that you find indispensable for helping you follow the Canucks.
If you'd like to participate in next month's round table, just let me know in the comments section! We're going to have new guests every month, so everyone should get a shot eventually! Read on past the jump for the round table!)
October 08 2013 01:43PM
This looks weird. (Image via Saed Hindash)
.. or maybe a more appropriate headline would've been 'GDT #4 - Cory Schneider @ Roberto Luongo', since that's pretty much what everyone will be talking about leading up to the game, during the game, and after the game. I guess it's good for the Canucks organization to get this out of the way early, much like they did with Alain Vigneault and the Rangers coming to town during the preseason.
Besides all of that media-driven hoopla, though, there's actually a game to be played tonight, and there's a relatively big two points at stake for both teams. So let's get to the preview.
October 08 2013 12:53PM
I'm not sure under what circumstances I wound up listening to the second intermission show on 1040, but there was no talk of any sort of substance. Rather than walking us through strategy or matchups, whoever the host was decided it was time to ask whether John Tortorella had the skills to properly motivate his club when down a goal. I'm not sure what there was of importance to talk about, particularly so early in the season, but the discussion was geared toward possibly the lowest common denominator of fan, or somebody who has no idea what a coach actually does.
If I were a space alien beamed to the Planet Vancouver during the summer and gained an immediate knowledge of the English language, based off what was being discussed in the press, I would know the following two things about Tortorella's system:
1) He doesn't like the media.
2) He likes shot blocks.
October 07 2013 04:57PM
Obviously we at CanucksArmy are big supporters of sports betting, in part because we buy into the Nate Silver theory that putting your money where your prediction is will help improve the aggregate accuracy of forecasting. So this is a natural fit for us. That said, make sure to gamble for fun (or for bragging rights), not to make money. From all of us at CanucksArmy and PlayNow: a gentle reminder to use your game sense!
Read past the jump for special offers to CanucksArmy.com readers from PlayNow Sports, and a preview of this upcoming week of Canucks hockey.
October 07 2013 11:12AM
Dan Hamhuis is doing just fine in John Tortorella's new system. (Image via Ward Perrin )
The Canucks completed a successful weekend all-in-all when they finished off a sweep of Alberta's professional hockey teams on Sunday evening. They went into the Saddledome, sat through some terribly boring player introductions of a bunch of dudes I'm only vaguely familiar with, snoozed through the first 2 periods of play, and then made a furious comeback en route to an Overtime victory.
Just past the jump are the scoring chances totals, and some other interesting numbers that I figured were worth mentioning. You might find them interesting, too.