February 10 2014 11:27AM
After a cataclysmic start to the 2013-14 American Hockey League season with the expansion Utica Comets, Vancouver Canucks prospect Nicklas Jensen has managed to fil the net constantly over the past several weeks. On Sunday night Jensen capped off his recent hot streak, which has seen the Danish international player score 10 times in his past 15 games, with an impressive natural hat-trick on against the loaded Rockford IceHogs (the AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks).
That a struggling but highly touted 20 year-old forward has simplified his game, upped his shot rate, and has found an enormous level of success lately is good news for the Canucks. It's also worth breaking down a bit further and we'll do so on the other side of the jump.
February 10 2014 10:42AM
Courtesy of UticaComets.com
With the NHL embarking upon its 2+ week Olympic break, the Canucks have sent Kellan Lain, Frankie Corrado, Yann Sauve, and Pascal Pelletier all back to Utica in order to continue playing and developing over that time. If you're coming here looking for answers as to what on earth has happened with the big club, those 4 being in the lineup are probably a good place to start.
But that's not what this is about. This post is about the Utica Comets, who - with their incoming reinforcements - went up against the Rockford IceHogs on Sunday afternoon. The two teams engaged in a very exciting back-and-forth contest, and with the lack of NHL action to cover, we figured we'd recap it here.
Despite the Jensen Train stepping it up, the Comets were sent to OT, and ultimately a loss, due to a rather questionable call.
February 08 2014 07:39PM
Sup, ladies? Glen Gulutzan doesn't have a care in the world.
You could spend your entire Saturday night sitting down, with a bottle of your liquor of choice, writing out a list of everything that has gone wrong with the Vancouver Canucks since the end of December. Obviously the root of all of the struggles is the extensive number of injuries they're dealing with, but that's a pretty weak excuse.
Every NHL team deals with their share of adversity on that front over the course of an 82-game season, and this team simply wasn't prepared for it back when they should've been. It also doesn't help that their coach has completely and utterly ran them into the ground, with another listless 3rd period doing them in once again.
Losing to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and as a result snapping an 11-year steak which we've all come to know and love, is just the latest notch on the belt of embarrassing head scratchers, en route to what will hopefully be a high lottery pick at the end of the tunnel. But before we get there, we need to dig through all of the rubble.
February 08 2014 11:24AM
I don't mean to oversell this but it may be the greatest moment in the history of hockey
There isn't much to hang your hat on in Vancouver these days. Well, unless you're in the camp that would like to see the team bottom out; which is pretty doable at this point, considering that they're only 3 points away from being 25th in the overall standings. The injury woes for this squad have become pretty comical at this point, as they're both literally and figuratively limping towards the Olympic break.
But hey, while the team may be struggling in a fashion which we haven't seen in a long time, we'll always have the video clip I've attached above. Andt the fact that the Canucks haven't lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs since November 24th, 2003. With everything that has plagued them lately I've come to terms with all of the losing in recent weeks, but if they find a way to somehow lose this one, well now that would just be plain embarrassing..
February 06 2014 10:18PM
It's usually disingenuous to label a matchup between two teams as "PLAYER A VS. PLAYER B" especially when those two players are goaltenders, but since we are just days away from the beginning of the Sochi Olympics, the allure of billing Vancouver-Montreal as Luongo vs. Price for Canada's starting job was all the more tempting. As it turns out, the head-to-head goaltending battle never really materialized as Max Pacioretty and the Canucks' hilarious defence stole the show in a 5-2 Canucks loss to the Habs.
For a recap of tonight's events and a look at the root of some of Vancouver's recent troubles, read past the jump.