September 25 2013 02:59PM
"Draw me like Nazem Kadri draws a tripping penalty" - How the line should have been delivered
This post is mostly related to two vilified wingers of past and future Vancouver Canucks teams, Mason Raymond and David Booth. Both of these players are pretty good at an overlooked part of hockey. At least Raymond was good before his injury sustained in the Finals, but I digress. I've covered Raymond pre-and-post injury enough, and the last thing this website needs is more people talking about how Booth is going to surpass measly expectations.
Powerplay percentages and penalty kill percentages are one thing, but what really matters is how many goals for and against you get in special teams situations. Last year, the Canucks were 8th in PK percentage but 10th in goals against while shorthanded. Why the small discrepancy? Because they took more penalties.
September 24 2013 10:57PM
Andrew Alberts must be a secret agent. It's the only possible explanation for his performance tonight.
The Canucks entered Tuesday night's game in San Jose coming off of an impressive victory against the Coyotes the previous night. Despite a few lineup changes - Higgins, Garrison, and Luongo, most notably - they were still icing a more than competent crew, so there was reason to believe that we'd be treated to a good game.
Early on, the Sedins - reunited with Alex Burrows and it feeeeeeels so goooood - generated a handful of quality chances. They were buzzing. There was also a play where Chris Tanev rang iron with a shot from the point as Jannik Hansen caused a ruckus in front of Antti Niemi.
But then, the direction of the game changed and things sort of went off the rails..
September 24 2013 02:43PM
Nicklas Jensen is sad, and he doesn't care who knows it. (Image via Flickr )
It appears that the #JensenTrain has been stalled for the time being with the young talented winger reportedly being sent down to Utica to work his way back from a shoulder injury (sustained in last Saturday's game from hell for the Canucks). Meanwhile, Jordan Schroeder, who got hurt in the same game, is expected to miss an extended period of time with an ankle injury that we still don't know very much about.
It's certainly a rough break for both guys, as they each seemed to have a realistic shot at earning a spot on the opening night roster heading into camp.
Some thoughts just past the jump on what that means for both of the young players, and the Canucks, with the regular season opener in San Jose being just over a week away.
September 23 2013 11:01PM
Well, that was fun, I guess. Roberto Luongo won his first game since April 15, stopping 22 of 23 shots in a pretty… uneventful game. The Canucks won 6-1 against Phoenix Monday night for their first preseason win, which was good to get after an 0-3 start, including two pretty weak losses to the Edmonton Oilers. While this doesn't count for anything, a five-goal victory the first night that most of the A-roster is on the ice is fun to get.
Optimism abound? Well, also it was the Phoenix Coyotes, so no need getting super excited about anything.
September 23 2013 04:25PM
VAN's Zack Kassian gets 5 regular season games and rest of pre-season for highsticking Gagner.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) September 23, 2013
News came down the pike on Sunday afternoon that Zack Kassian was offered the opportunity for an in-person hearing regarding the incident that took place on Saturday night in Edmonton (he declined it, settling to do it over the phone). Now, after hours and hours of waiting for the verdict to be handed down, we've finally learned that Kassian will miss 8 games in total (5 of which mean something). Dale Weise also received a slap on the wrist for a play from the same game.