January 27 2012 03:02PM
Eddie Lack models his nifty Cancer awareness jersey last Saturday.
(Chris Jerina/AHL in Photos)
The Wolves rolled into Abbotsford midweek and busted up their four-game losing streak with a pair of impressive wins over the Heat. Craig MacTavish juggled up some lines to positive effect. Now the Wolves get almost a week off, will they carry on with their recent good play?
January 27 2012 11:22AM
The Good and the Bad of this past week.
It's Friday. So we close out the "Week That Was" with our latest volume of Cheers and Jeers.
This week, I give props to the Canucks and the Boston media (WHAT?!?!), while I give a (sad trombone) Honda Crosstour to Tim Thomas, Dave Hodge and the TEAM 1040.
January 27 2012 01:36AM
How many times have you been watching your team carry a lead, only to have the commentators announce that the opposing team has scored most of their goals in a later period? Listen, I get it; the talking heads on TV have to maintain a certain level of suspense. They can't very well say "It's looking pretty unlikely that this game takes a turn for the interesting." And although I love mythbusting when it comes to hockey, I will concede that sometimes narratives are more fun to build than reasonable arguments.
But, as any of you who are familiar with my work will already know full well, I'm never content to accept in-game narratives without some kind of verification.
So what about teams that score more goals in the third period than any other? Are they successful? What about those teams that score most often early in the first? I took a look at 6 seasons' worth of data to check.
January 26 2012 02:59PM
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. Does Christian Ehrhoff miss playing for a good hockey team? Will the Minnesota Wild make it to the playoffs? When will Alex Burrows finally breakdown and decide to start a twitter account? Or why is hockey so wonderful, and yet becomes totally insufferable when it's mixed in with politics? All this and more, after the jump!
January 26 2012 02:40PM
Connauton and his partner Chris Tanev celebrate a Chicago Wolves goal via Chris Jerina.
Sorry I didn't have any fresh content last week, I was half way through a take on Chris Tanev's long-term upside when some persona issues came up and I never got the time to finish it.
Tanev’s recall from Chicago came after I had started my piece, and there were quickly numerous other bloggers and writers who offered their thoughts, and insights on him. Thomas Drance wrote a really good piece on Tanev (and at the same time referenced my favourite Schwarzenegger movie - Total Recalled), and I wouldn’t disagree with any of his opinions on Tanev’s short term upside with the club. This week, I’ve decided to shift my focus across the rink to Tanev’s defensive partner with Chicago, the dynamic Kevin Connauton. Connauton has gone from borderline NHL prospect (even after his dominant season with the WHL’s Vancouver Giants) to a legitimate top-four defenseman prospect. Let's take a look at Connauton's big step forward this season...