December 24 2013 10:24AM
With the World Junior Hockey Championships starting soon and Chritsmas just around the corner, the WHL has entered its winter break, meaning that there are no games until December 27th. This also marks the halfway point of the season, so it's a good time to look back on how the Giants are doing compared to the rest of the WHL.
Read past the jump for a look at how the Giants have faired so far, and what we can expect them to do over the rest of the season.
December 23 2013 01:46PM
With his fourth goal on the year, Chris Tanev tied himself with Dan Hamhuis and Jason Garrison for the team lead among defencemen. He's also in a tie for 19th in the entire NHL as for defensive goal-scoring, which is positively silly. At 12 points, he has as many as Christian Ehrhoff, Justin Schultz, Jonas Brodin, Sergei Gonchar and more than Alex Goligoski and Jake Gardiner.
It's just half a season, so of course we can't get too high on this dramatic, new, offensive Chris Tanev we've come to love over the last 39 games. Tanev has never been an offensive stud at any level. During his draft year, Tanev had 10 points in 30 games with the Markham Waxers and Stoufville Spirit of the Ontario Junior A ranks. During his first and only year at the Rochester Institute of Technology he was third among defence in scoring on his team. His talents mostly surround his defensive ability against third and fourth line opposition and inability to take minor penalties.
But.. that wrist shot? An absolute cannon. Let's investigate.
December 22 2013 09:49PM
This game had all the indications of a "trap game." The home team coming off a long road trip, after a big win over bitter rivals, just before the Christmas break, against a team that they should beat, with the greatest awards event ever of all time happening during the game... The list could go on. But the Canucks stuck to their guns, overcame some adversity, and earned the two points they should have earned in a 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
Read past the jump for a quick postgame recap so you can get back to basking in the 2013 Shapys afterglow, b.
December 22 2013 09:23PM
"What are the Shapys'?" is a question which you may be asking if you've been living under a rock for the past year or so. You should give this a read if you're still unclear, but honestly, the video above should've done a pretty gloriously (dramatic) job of explaining what's happening here. Jason Botchford, a former Shapy winner himself - and nominee once again this year - should you this footage as his application for narrating the 24/7 series in the future.
Remember that it was this very event, just a year ago, which provided us with a "pretty classic 33 seconds from Roberto Luongo (which probably isn't the first time that phrase has been uttered..). Anyways, I think it's safe to say that this is something more than just a passing fad. After all, it has been around for a while now, only gaining more and more traction as the numbers of "Shappers" grows.
It's because of this that we're taking a little break tonight from our regularly programmed analytical approach of hockey coverage to support the 2013 Shapys. I know that some of you out there have been eagerly awaiting this day, so without further ado, read on past the jump for a breakdown of the awards.. and remember, it's supposed to be fun. Let loose and enjoy the show.
December 22 2013 01:28PM
Dale Weise is in a festive mood, and why shouldn't he be? Christmas is just around the corner!
If there were ever a "trap game" (or "look-ahead game", as some of you may know it) it would be this one. Sunday evening's tilt against the Winnipeg Jets has the perfect medley of things going for it to ensure that a bad performance would be followed up with talk that their heads weren't in it, and that they weren't in the right frame of mind.
The Vancouver Canucks are coming off of an impressive victory against a bitter rival. They then had the weekend off (spending Friday night in Chicago, and almost assuredly keeping the good times going Saturday night on Granville Street). Now they play against a team that's well below them in the standings, and as soon as they're done, they have 6 days off for the Holidays.
But hold on a second. While all of that is true they're still all professional athletes, and they're facing a squad in the Winnipeg Jets that quite frankly is not very good at hockey. Given how tight the Western Conference playoff picture is, using that as an excuse surely wouldn't fly with John Tortorella..