October 13 2013 12:01PM
The WHL's Eastern conference has not been kind to the Vancouver Giants (1-7-1-1), as they not only lost all five games on their road trip, but they also lost top forward Cain Franson to an injury, at least in the short term. The good news is that Dalton Thrower's return and some good old shooting percentage regression has led to some offensive results, as the Giants scored more goals in the last seven days than they had all season. Alec Baer, Brett Kulak and Andreas Eder all found the back of the net for the first time this year too.
But that's about where the good news ends. Despite having what should be a strong blueline, the Giants just can't keep the puck out of their net. Read on past the jump for more.
October 12 2013 10:23PM
We didn't do one of the Nations familiar "Stars and Goats" posts to start the season, but I can guarantee Dan Hamhuis wouldn't have been on anybody's "GOAT" list. I'm headed out for the night and Dimitri is... somewhere, so we won't have a full recap of the game until tomorrow morning. In the meantime, here's the thread you can complain about events that happened during this game, or about Hamhuis.
October 12 2013 02:08PM
Hey guys, remember me? Can I play?
Five games into the season, and the Canucks have been anything but consistent. Well, maybe their performance can be described as consistently inconsistent now that I think about it. They've only managed to submit one really dominant performance though (last Saturday night against the Oilers), to go along with one good one (against the Devils, though it was really that one impressive period that did it), and three stinkers.
Yet despite the fact that they've been all over the map, they're still 3-2, so things could be worse. I'm not sure there's much to take away from the loss against the Sharks a few nights ago; they're pretty clearly in a different class, but that's okay, because that puts the Canucks in the same boat as roughly 26-28 other teams. At least they've managed to take care of business against lesser teams.
This is a relatively big game for the home team, as it'll be the last time they play in the friendly confines of Rogers Arena over the next 2+ weeks. It's also one that's not lacking for storylines, that's for sure. Alex Edler will start serving his 3 game suspension, Zack Kassian will be returning from his 5 game suspension, Brendan Gallagher and Carey Price return home (I'm sure this won't be the last time you hear about this), and it'll all be happening on Hockey Night in Canada!
Read on past the jump for a look at what to expect tonight.
October 11 2013 06:48PM
The dressing room is supposed to be a safe place for players. That is said time and again between coaches and players. Things that are said or happen between those walls stay between those walls.
Joe Thornton is making headlines today, for a comment he directed in a humorous way at a scrum of reporters that were interviewing another player. He was not being interviewed himself. He said something sarcastic about scoring four goals in one game and what he would do to celebrate.
October 11 2013 05:10PM
Will he do it? I don't know, I ain't got no crystal ball.
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).