October 06 2013 01:16PM
Wake up Eddie, you're in net tonight! (Image via Nick Didlick )
What a difference a day makes, eh? At this time yesterday, there was at least a unease felt in Vancouver regarding the state of the team following a lackluster performance in the season opener, and the news that Alex Burrows would be out for a few weeks. Then they went out and laid an absolute shellacking on the pitiful Oilers.
Much like it wasn't time to start totally panicking after one loss, it's still not time to start planning the parade following one win. While the offensive showing was certainly impressed, we need to keep in mind that it came against a swiss cheese defense that was playing without its top two centres. Still, that's what good teams do; take care of business at home, leaving little doubt.
There ain't no rest for the wicked, though, with the season's first back-to-back on the schedule. The Canucks will hop on a quick flight to Calgary, and attempt to complete a sweep of Alberta on Sunday evening. Read on past the jump for a preview of tonight's game.
October 05 2013 11:08PM
-Screencap from Twitter dot com's Mike Martigagno
Seems like the mantra in Vancouver will be to "win big, or not at all". John Tortorella (pictured above, a fiery, dangerous John Tortorella) earned his first win as the Vancouver Canucks' bench boss Saturday night as the Canucks pulled out a 6-2 game from their rumps against Edmonton. The Oilers are now 0-2 to start the season and perhaps reeling a little without top two centremen Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Sam Gagner.
Take a time machine back to those halcyon days of 2008 to 2011, when Henrik and Daniel Sedin would frequently ravage the Oilers. Daniel scored a goal and added an assist. Henrik had three assists. Everything was mostly working, despite a soft goal two minutes in by Jeff Petry that had a real "oh, Luongo, here we go again" feel to it. The Canucks struck back with a shorthanded goal by Brad Richardson just 1:44 later, and twice more before the period was out.
6-2 final. And we got that face from Torts.
October 05 2013 02:17PM
No Alex Burrows, or his eyebrows, for tonight's game (Image via some dudes over at the Sun )
Things could be going better for the Vancouver Canucks right about now. After a less-than-stellar debut performance against the Sharks a few nights ago, they return home to the friendly confines of Rogers Arena without a key piece of the puzzle, as Alex Burrows has been ruled out.
The Edmonton Oilers - who lost their opener at home to the Jets - come into town, and will probably be looking to exact some corporal punishment after the whole Kassian-Gagner fiasco from the preseason. Premedidated fights and goonery. Good times. But hey, at least we have Elliotte Friedman saying interesting things during intermission to look forward to. Plus, Henrik Sedin will be a guest on After Hours tonight (or will it be Daniel? Who really knows?).
I guess we should talk about the game, and the fight, for a bit. Read on past the jump for the preview of tonight's home opener.
October 05 2013 12:04PM
That's a captain's moustache, alright!
It's been a slow week for the Giants. After losing 4-1 to the Everett Silvertips on Friday, the Giants entered a week of practice as they waited to hit the road and begin their annual Eastern Conference trip, on which they dropped their opening game last night by a 4-3 score to the Wheat Kings. Joining the G-Men will be Montreal Canadiens 2nd-round pick, star overage defenseman and newly named captain Dalton Thrower. He'll bring an offensive punch and a hard-nosed demeanor to the blueline, while complicating an already cloudy situation.
Vancouver once again has eight defensemen competing to fill six spots, while a mess of injuries up front are forcing some guys to play out of position. Defenders Arvin Atwal and Reid Zalitach played forward against the Wheat Kings while Rob Trzonkowski, Travis McEvoy, Scott Cooke, Dalton Sward and Jakub Stuckel continue to nurse injuries. Tim Traber also didn't dress last night due to the flu.
Despite being ravaged by injuries and absolutely awful to start the season, the Giants can take some solace in the fact that their struggles have been in part the product of some bad luck.
Read on past the jump for more.
October 04 2013 01:04PM
The Sharks shooting the puck with Tanev on the ice, a common sight. (Image via Getty Images)
I noted last night that we have changed the format with which we will be analyzing Canucks games this season. We'll have a rapid recap of the every game as quickly as possible following its conclusion so that you guys have a platform to discuss - whether it's in the form of ranting, complaining, celebrating a victory, or posing questions - in the comments section.
The morning after we'll do a more in-depth post which takes a deeper look at the numbers from the game the previous night. It'll be dubbed 'The Hangover'. Hopefully over time you'll come to appreciate it like a refreshingly spicy Caesar following a heavy night of drinking. So without further ado, read on past the jump for the scoring chance totals and some other interesting numbers..