December 15 2011 02:07PM
It's the Holidays, which means 24/7 has Returned!
This is a weekly feature that will highlight The Good, The Bad and The *fill in the blank* exciting things that are currently happening in the NHL. Did Ovechkin catch up to Kessel in points? Did Roberto Luongo overcome his shootout-phobia? Did a Blackhawk have anything enlightening and insightful to say? When it comes to hockey, anything is possible.
December 15 2011 11:15AM
In their only meeting with the Canucks last year, the Hurricanes ran into the Ginger Bricks wall.
They have to face Schneiderman yet again.
(Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
Game Day Recon: Game #31 - Canucks @ Hurricanes
Two teams on VERY different tracks. The Vancouver Canucks have climbed their way back up the standings, going 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. They're now in 5th in the Western Conference and within spitting distance of the division-leading Minnesota Wild. The Carolina Hurricanes are last in the East, 28th in the league, fired their coach and hired Kirk Muller to take over, and have only 1 win in their last 10 games.
Canucks have get in, get the win and get out. Like a bank robbery. Oh, hey look - they're playing at RBC Center.
December 15 2011 08:06AM
I promise I won’t mention anything about David Bolland or his comments in today’s post (from now on, of course), but I do want to talk a bit about the Sedins. The amount of criticism they receive isn’t really surprising. They are both humble, mild-mannered, clean players on the ice who do an immense amount of charity work and are fantastic human beings off the ice. So are why are some in the hockey world still criticising and mocking them? As we are starting to see with great frequency, winning and success breeds jealousy.
December 14 2011 01:32PM
The following is a guest post from our senior CBA correspondent Beantown Canuck . Beantown Canuck is a Nucksmisconduct regular, and a lawyerly type who resides in New York. He used to live in Boston but he now denies the existence of such a place. Beantown Canuck loves to look into and analyze the CBA, and may, or may not, derive a quasi-sexual satisfaction from such an activity that he calls "a lawyerboner." Here's his take on Rule 13.23 of the current NHL/NHLPA CBA which, is the rule that requires players like Antti Miettinen to pass through waivers upon being signed, if they were previously under contract with a team overseas in the same season.
This is a Guest post from Beantown Canuck.
Alright Canucks Army, since I know you all loved my article on the ramifications of falling under the cap floor, I’m back to serve you some more hot, steamy NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement analysis. Today let’s talk about everyone’s favourite rule: Rule 13.23. What is Rule 13.23 you ask? Well you wouldn’t be asking if you were Antti Miettinen, or Evegni Nabokov, or Kyle Wellwood (in the case of Wellwood, for reasons beyond the fact that it’s hard to ask questions with a hoagie in your mouth). Rule 13.23 is the reason Antti had to forego the bikini’d beaches of Tampa for the cruel winters of Winnipeg. It is the reason why Evgeni couldn’t help Detroit overcome their torturous three season Stanley Cup drought and instead had to throw a hissy before eventually joining the Islanders. And it is the reason Kyle somehow missed out on St. Louis and had to instead join those “unafraid of losing” dynamos in San Jose.
December 14 2011 09:07AM
Last night the Canucks played hard for forty minutes against the NHL's "worst team," it wasn't enough, and they had to make do with a single point. Les boys came out meekly in the first period and through twenty minutes were thoroughly out-chanced while allowing Columbus to functionally dominate proceedings. Jeff Carter scored on a 4-on-3 power-play after a Ryan Kesler penalty and that was all Columbus needed to get to the shootout.
The Canucks turned things around in the second and third, and were especially good through the first ten minutes of the third, but ultimately it wasn't enough. While Lapierre got the equalizer, the Canucks couldn't put the game away despite having a number of quality chances, and several other chances at chances in the games waning minutes and in over-time. In the shootout, Luongo (who was otherwise the best Canuck player) was beaten on all three Columbus opportunities. It's really not the biggest deal, and the Canucks have still taken five out of a possible six points thus far this road-trip, but it wasn't their best team effort... A more detailed recap and chance data after the jump.