Afternoon Headshots: March 5th

Thomas Drance
March 05 2013 06:43PM

Biesellent is such dad humour.
Via Sealcat, who else?

Today at our humble old Canucks blog we guffawed at some funny photos of Zack Kassian, tried our best (and mostly failed) to figure out whether or not Nicklas Jensen was AHL eligible following his successful season in the Swedish Elite League, laughed at the ineptitude of the Northwest Division and previewed tonight's contest between the Canucks and the Sharks.

Lots of other Canucks news happened too (okay, not lots but some!) and we'll recap it after the jump.

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Game #22 Preview: Sharks @ Canucks

Dimitri Filipovic
March 05 2013 03:27PM

The Canucks need to figure out a way to beat Antti Niemi, which has been easier said than done this season.

The Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks come into Tuesday night's game bearing some serious similarities, even if their respectives paths in getting there have been different. They have nearly identical records, their underlying numbers are comparable, and come playoff time, I think they've both got a legitimate shot to make a run.

This will mark their first meeting since January 27th - only the 5th contest of the early season for the Canucks - when the Sharks took care of business with a score of 4-1. Yet just like these two teams, that game was close; much closer than the score would indicate. Despite a dreadful start and some terrible shooting luck, the Canucks were in it until some dumb penalties ultimately derailed their efforts. 

Read on Past the Jump for More on the Game.

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Nicklas Jensen finishes off his SEL Season, will be assigned to Chicago this week

Thomas Drance
March 05 2013 02:22PM

Nicklas Jensen celebrates a goal with AIK in October.
Photo Uncredited Via Expressen.

On Tuesday morning Nicklas Jensen's season with Swedish Elite League team AIK came to an end, and he scored a third period goal to seal the win in his final game. According to Vancouver's Assistant General Manager Lorne Henning, Nicklas Jensen will be assigned to Chicago on Friday.

That said his eligibility for American Hockey League action isn't quite a slam-dunk yet.

Read on past the jump for more.

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Never Change, NW Division. Never Change.

Graphic Comments
March 05 2013 10:44AM

Feast or famine

Wow. There really is no middle ground in the Northwest Division, is there?

Whether it's in the standings, with the Canucks pretty much feasting on the talent starved rest of the division, or in the front offices, where you could never accuse any of the GMs of being underfed, but sometimes it sure seems like they've starved their brains of oxygen.

That's right: it's feast or famine in the Northwest. (Yeah, I went there. Deal with it.)

This last week was no exception...

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An Extraordinarily Silly Zack Kassian Photo Gallery

Thomas Drance
March 04 2013 06:32PM

Zack Kassian reacts to the news that another blogger put together a photogallery of funny photos of him.
All photos in this post from Grainne's Sealcat tumblr.

I'm not sure what it is about Zack Kassian that makes him so ceaslessly photogenic, but it's undeniable.

Maybe it's his ability to grow multiple different types of hilarious facial hair? Or maybe it's that his wild hair and receding hairline makes him look like a cross between a lumberjack and a wildabeast? Or perhaps it's that gap-toothed grin that just screams "1970's hockey"? Whether or not it's one of those factors, or the unique combination of all three, cameras just love Zack Kassian and I'm far from the first person to notice it.  Already in this young hockey season multiple hockey bloggers like Rob the Hockey Guy and Justin Bourne have built Zack Kassian photo gallerys, and both posts owned.

Maybe it's overkill for me to get into it as well, but I found a whole whack of hilarious Kassian photos that I hadn't seen before on Tumblr today, and I figured I had to put them into a post. Read on past the jump for more.

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