December 05 2011 01:39PM
It's now week two of the Canucks goaltending controversy, and unsurprisingly Canucks Nation remains obsessed. Luongo played well and pitched a quality start at home against the Flames last night, but that is not going to the halt the growing momentum of Vancouver's "goaltending controversy gollum."
When Luongo allowed a vintage softy from behind the net late in the first period, Canucks fans went into their default corner: Luongo apologists to the right, Luongo haters to the left. While I've enjoyed the odd "goaltending controversy" argument and am generally bemused by the entire thing, I'd point out that the situation hasn't helped a habitually irrational fan-base to get a grip...
December 05 2011 12:20PM
This mob is angry. And so am I.
Honestly though... is a mob ever NOT angry? Otherwise, it's really just a gathering.
Photo courtesy FOX/The Simpsons
Today I continue my weekly feature of me venting and raging on stupid crap happening with the Canucks, their fans and around the NHL. Two things about feature... 1) It will appear (hopefully) every Monday, and 2) It is blatantly ripped off from a stand-up bit from comedian Craig Anton. On either point, I make no apologies. Enjoy. Or don't.
In this week's edition, I give a stern look of disapproval to NHL schedule makers (AGAIN!), Wayne Gretzky and frigging ICING THE KICKER!
December 05 2011 09:39AM
Bieksa hasn't changed his game, he's just enjoying the bounces.
(Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
Kevin Bieksa took a fair bit of heat among Canucks fans when he got off to a slow start this season. Bieksa's performance through early November was panned like it was the summer of 2010, and fans rushed to criticize his porous defensive play, and his inability to make smart, safe decisions with the puck. The idea that Bieksa was a "contract year" player began to take hold, and criticism really accelerated following the debacle against the Minnesota Wild in early November. This was the game when Bieksa was seen "swimming" on Latendresse's game-winning goal (a maneuver that provided the former Hab roughly forty-five minutes to walk in and pick his spot on Cory Schneider). Bieksa just wasn't the same guy, it was said, and his -9 number spoke to his "awful" play. The only silver lining: at least no one suggested Bieksa be traded for Nikita Filatov.
December 04 2011 10:56PM
Martin Brodeur is killing my team, and the teams of a bunch of different entrants. His zero shutouts and 0.879 SV% give him a pool value of -52.5, by far the worst of any current player. Nobody carrying him on their team is in the top-25 this week.
December 04 2011 10:19PM
Matt Stajan Doesn't Drop the Gloves Very Often. It shows.
Photo Credit: AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward
After outplaying but coming up short to the Nashville Predators on Thursday, the Vancouver Canucks played a Calgary Flames team on a quick turnaround.from the night before. Were they fatigued? Perhaps, but after getting the first goal, you could tell that this was a game that Calgary was outclassed in. The Canucks slowly took over the game about midway through the second and couple of lucky goals past backup Henrik Karlsson.
For full scoring chance data and post-game analysis, click past the jump...