October 08 2013 01:43PM
This looks weird. (Image via Saed Hindash)
.. or maybe a more appropriate headline would've been 'GDT #4 - Cory Schneider @ Roberto Luongo', since that's pretty much what everyone will be talking about leading up to the game, during the game, and after the game. I guess it's good for the Canucks organization to get this out of the way early, much like they did with Alain Vigneault and the Rangers coming to town during the preseason.
Besides all of that media-driven hoopla, though, there's actually a game to be played tonight, and there's a relatively big two points at stake for both teams. So let's get to the preview.
October 08 2013 12:53PM
I'm not sure under what circumstances I wound up listening to the second intermission show on 1040, but there was no talk of any sort of substance. Rather than walking us through strategy or matchups, whoever the host was decided it was time to ask whether John Tortorella had the skills to properly motivate his club when down a goal. I'm not sure what there was of importance to talk about, particularly so early in the season, but the discussion was geared toward possibly the lowest common denominator of fan, or somebody who has no idea what a coach actually does.
If I were a space alien beamed to the Planet Vancouver during the summer and gained an immediate knowledge of the English language, based off what was being discussed in the press, I would know the following two things about Tortorella's system:
1) He doesn't like the media.
2) He likes shot blocks.
October 07 2013 04:57PM
Obviously we at CanucksArmy are big supporters of sports betting, in part because we buy into the Nate Silver theory that putting your money where your prediction is will help improve the aggregate accuracy of forecasting. So this is a natural fit for us. That said, make sure to gamble for fun (or for bragging rights), not to make money. From all of us at CanucksArmy and PlayNow: a gentle reminder to use your game sense!
Read past the jump for special offers to CanucksArmy.com readers from PlayNow Sports, and a preview of this upcoming week of Canucks hockey.
October 07 2013 11:12AM
Dan Hamhuis is doing just fine in John Tortorella's new system. (Image via Ward Perrin )
The Canucks completed a successful weekend all-in-all when they finished off a sweep of Alberta's professional hockey teams on Sunday evening. They went into the Saddledome, sat through some terribly boring player introductions of a bunch of dudes I'm only vaguely familiar with, snoozed through the first 2 periods of play, and then made a furious comeback en route to an Overtime victory.
Just past the jump are the scoring chances totals, and some other interesting numbers that I figured were worth mentioning. You might find them interesting, too.
October 06 2013 09:16PM
Sometimes I try to get ahead of the curve by beginning to put together my recap well before the game is actually over. I chip away during the first and second intermissions, setting things up, before ultimately finalizing everything right after the final buzzer. It's a pretty common thing to do when covering a game because it allows you to have your thoughts up rather quickly while the topic is still hot.
This time around I didn't do that for whatever reason, and boy am I glad that I didn't. The Canucks-Flames game on Sunday night pretty much had it all, before ultimately ending in Overtime on the game winner by Mike Santorelli (pictured above). Let's get to it all right past the jump.