October 20 2013 07:31PM
I had four cups of coffee Sunday morning, up early for no particular purpose other than to feed the dog and wait for some friends that slept on my living room floor to leave—waiting goes well with a newspaper, and a newspaper goes well with coffee. The point isn't the number of cups, necessarily, but that those cups were consumed periodically throughout the day and not all at once.
Despite all the caffeine, it wasn't enough to keep me awake through the balance of the Vancouver Canucks visit to Columbus. An early-season Sunday matinee game against a non-Conference opponent with both teams playing the second half of a back-to-back, and both teams dressing with their starting goaltender? Sign me right up. Watching these sorts of games is a reminder of why we watch hockey in the first place, because it's fun to irrationally root for certain outcomes of grown humans playing sports.
Vancouver lost 3-1 in a snoozefest. Both teams played poorly.
October 20 2013 01:23PM
In his only start of the season, Eddie Lack kept his team in it until they woke up.
I'm not going to sit here and tell you that this game is going to be anywhere near as entertaining as yesterday's shootout loss to the Penguins. Because it won't. You'll probably recall that the Canucks and Blue Jackets played three times within the span of 18 days during last season's condensed schedule, and mustered up a total of 5 goals scored between them. I love hockey and don't necessarily need a ton of goals to be entertained, but man, that was some dreadfully boring hockey.
It's not alllll bad though. The Canucks have had a very successful start to their 7-game roadtrip, gaining 5 out of a possible 6 points so far. They are also coming off of their most impressive showing of the season. It's an early Sunday afternoon, and this is the second outing of a weekend back-to-back, so let's keep things short and sweet with a quick preview of the game right past the jump.
October 19 2013 03:07PM
This was probably the least entertaining part of the game, but I enjoy this photo for some reason.
(Image via Justin K. Aller)
If you had a hectic Friday night out and about and missed the Vancouver Canucks take on the Pittsburgh Penguins as a result, that sucks, because it was an enjoyable affair. Getting out of bed a few hours before I normally would on a typical Saturday morning was totally worth it; this game pretty much had it all.
The Canucks put forth pretty clearly their most impressive showing of the season (keeping in mind the quality of competition), before ultimately losing out on a potential 2nd point in the shootout. Given their performance from start to finish, they really deserved better. But there's reason for optimism regardless of the end result, and things to build off of going forward in the final 4 games of the roadtrip (and beyond).
Read on past the jump for a recap of what went down.
October 18 2013 06:07PM
Madison Bowey and Tyson Baillie are leading the way for the strong Kelowna Rockets.
The Vancouver Giants haven't played a game since ending their disasterous eastern road trip without a win, so instead we'll turn our attention this week toward the Okanagan and what is probably the B.C. Division's top team: the Kelowna Rockets. Led by offensive contributions from young guns Tyson Baillie, Nick Merkley and Riley Stadel, the Rockets are off to a furious 6-1-0-2 start. They trail only the Victoria Royals for the B.C. Division lead, but the Royals have played four more games.
For a closer look at Kelowna's early season success, read past the jump.
October 18 2013 09:57AM
This is a regular Friday feature combining a healthy mixture of observation, analysis, and foresight on the Vancouver Canucks. If you'd like to get at me about anything covered in this column, follow me on Twitter at @yyjordan and let's start a textual relationship (wink).