Evening Headshots: February 11th

J.D. Burke
February 11 2014 06:07PM

Photo courtesy of Jay Bowman.
Photo courtesy of Legion of Blog.

I'm sure I speak for everyone in the vast world of Canucks fandom when I say that the Olympic Break couldn't have come soon enough. Seven losses in a row, that's one thing. But to lose in such an utterly boring and draining fashion for seven straight, that's practically enough to turn even me into one of those alarmist fans. 

You know the kind... They've usually got the least to say, yet say the most; big fan, personally. But hey, for at least the next two weeks, our favourite team and country is a serious threat to own the podium again.

Not only that, but I've tons of great links for your reading and enjoyment, on the other side of the jump.

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The Hangover

The Stanchion
February 11 2014 11:11AM

Hangover Luongo

One of the most common narratives that get bandied about in hockey is that of the "Stanley Cup Hangover". Whether it's the effect on the winning team or the losing team of the the Finals, whatever negatives happen to a team during the next five to six seasons will sometimes be tentatively presented as an effect of the ominous "Stanley Cup Finals Hangover".

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Team USA eases Ryan Kesler into inevitable heel turn and other Olympic notes

Thomas Drance
February 10 2014 03:31PM

NHL players spent Sunday travelling to Sochi on a series of charter flights, and got right down to it on Monday by practicing with their respective national teams. 

Where in the lineup are Canucks players slotting in for Teams Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, Latvia and the United States? Who has replaced Henrik Sedin for the Tre Kronor? Are you ready to deal with hating Ryan Kesler for a couple of weeks? Read past the jump.

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Nicklas Jensen continues to turn season around with natural hat-trick

Thomas Drance
February 10 2014 11:27AM

After a cataclysmic start to the 2013-14 American Hockey League season with the expansion Utica Comets, Vancouver Canucks prospect Nicklas Jensen has managed to fil the net constantly over the past several weeks. On Sunday night Jensen capped off his recent hot streak, which has seen the Danish international player score 10 times in his past 15 games, with an impressive natural hat-trick on against the loaded Rockford IceHogs (the AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks).

That a struggling but highly touted 20 year-old forward has simplified his game, upped his shot rate, and has found an enormous level of success lately is good news for the Canucks. It's also worth breaking down a bit further and we'll do so on the other side of the jump.

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Comets Militia Postgame: The #JensenTrain is gaining steam

Josh W
February 10 2014 10:42AM

Courtesy of UticaComets.com

With the NHL embarking upon its 2+ week Olympic break, the Canucks have sent Kellan Lain, Frankie Corrado, Yann Sauve, and Pascal Pelletier all back to Utica in order to continue playing and developing over that time. If you're coming here looking for answers as to what on earth has happened with the big club, those 4 being in the lineup are probably a good place to start.

But that's not what this is about. This post is about the Utica Comets, who - with their incoming reinforcements - went up against the Rockford IceHogs on Sunday afternoon. The two teams engaged in a very exciting back-and-forth contest, and with the lack of NHL action to cover, we figured we'd recap it here. 

Despite the Jensen Train stepping it up, the Comets were sent to OT, and ultimately a loss, due to a rather questionable call.  

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