October 08 2013 11:08PM
There was a lot of talk heading into Tuesday night's Devils-Canucks game about Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo. Those guys will, for better or for worse, be linked to each other for a long time to come. Whenever one guy does very well or very poorly, people will make jokes suggesting that the Canucks should've stuck with the other guy. That's a foregone conclusion.
So the 3-2 overtime win by the Canucks surely didn't do anything do change that, especially since it's just one game, and both guys played very well. But what it did do was provide the Canucks with 2 needed points in the standings - with the schedule about to get tougher, it was nice to bank a 3rd straight victory - and a much better all-around performance to build off of.
Read on past the jump for a quick recap of the game.
October 08 2013 05:42PM
In the continued effort to move the Nation Network into fantasy gaming and continue raising money for charities at the same time our second game - the ol' reliable NationDraft player box game - begins today. For only $20 you should totally sign up here!
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.