January 02 2014 10:51AM
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Reading some of the postgame quotes you'd think that Wednesday night's lackluster effort v. the Lightning was something we'd become accustomed to seeing as part of a worrying trend, rather than an aberration. But with a 10-1-2 month of December in the rearview mirror, I think it's fair to say it's far more of the latter than the former, and we should take this performance for what it is: an outlier more than anything else.
After losing a game a few days ago in which they had really deserved a better fate v. the Flyers, the right team won this time around. John Tortorella hit the nail right on the head when he said the following, "that's a team effort. It is probably our worst game of the year. We deserved to lose that one and we did.”
You sure did, Torts. Read on past the jump for a deeper look at what went wrong.
January 01 2014 01:53PM
Happy New Year, everyone. Hope you all had a good night, stayed safe, have spent this morning hydrating properly, and are ready for some hockey tonight.
There's only one game left on the slate for the first day of 2014 - with all of the Winter Classic festivites finally coming to an end - and it's the Canucks taking on their bitter rival in the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Okay, fine, it may not seem like the most riveting matchup on paper (especially considering the sole reason people circled this game on their calendars when the schedule came out, Steven Stamkos, isn't even playing), but the Lightning are actually playing some fine hockey these days and really intrigue me as a fan of the game, personally.
Read on past the jump for a quick preview.
December 31 2013 12:18PM
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In a surprise move it was recently reported that the Canucks have placed prospect defenceman Adam Polasek on unconditional waivers to have him bought out. While there is little in terms of reports on this, it would appear to be a similar situation to Zack Hamill where Polasek had his contract bought out as he was not happy sitting in the ECHL and is looking to play elsewhere.
Read more following the break...
December 31 2013 12:17AM
After a close and competitive game in Calgary just over 24 hours ago, the Canucks should have been a tired team on a back-to-back after a night of travel, but the Roxy Flu appeared to be in full effect as it was the Canucks who dominated the well-rested Flyers. Then Steve Mason happened; he stopped 41 of 44 shots through regulation and overtime, and all three Canucks shooters in the shootout and effectively stole a game for Philadelphia.
Yes, Steve Mason stole a game for an NHL hockey team.
December 30 2013 02:44PM
The goal above came during a simpler time, when we could make fun of Steve Mason and all share a good laugh. But a lot has changed since the first meeting between these two teams back in the 2nd week of the season. Especially for the Philadelphia Flyers, who have been playing some really good hockey for a while now thanks to Mason's (very) surprising resurgence to relevancy, and Claude Giroux bouncing back from his early season funk to lead a potent offense.
The story is a little different for the Canucks since then too, though. They're 10-1-1 in their past 12 games, they're relying far less on the Sedins due to the 2nd line's two-way excellence, and the goaltending has been top notch. Back on October 15th Eddie Lack had one career NHL appearance to his name, and now, he two shutouts. Ho hum.
Considering the way both teams are playing heading into this one, it should be a good one. Read on past the jump for the final game preview of 2013.