November 05 2013 10:47PM
"Lemme see! Lemme see! I want to know what happened! [Image via Chistian Petersen]
The Pacific Division is stupid good right now, in case you hadn't realized. The Canucks and Coyotes came into their contest on Tuesday night sitting at 3rd and 4th in the division respectively, despite the fact that they each had 10 wins and a positive goal differential. If only everyone could play in the Metropolitan Division..
I noted in the game preview that this would mark the first of 5 games against divisional opponents that would surely give us a better idea of where the Canucks stand amongst the league's elite right now. We'll wait to make any serious judgements until we see how that stretch plays out, but so far so good; the Canucks managed to hang around all game long against a tough opponent in a difficult building to play in, and were just a few inches away on a handful of occasions from stealing the 2 points.
One will have to do, thanks to their 3-2 shootout loss. Next up is a date in their own personal house of horrors (the Shark Tank in San Jose) on Thursday night, but before that let's get to what unfolded in Glendale just past the jump.
November 05 2013 02:52PM
I'm sure that Mike Smith will make himself the centre of attention, yet again.
After taking care of business against the hated Toronto Maple Leafs on Pavel Bure's special night, the Vancouver Canucks have been rewarded with a 4-game trip out west to take on the Coyotes, Sharks, Ducks, and Kings. Those teams have a combined 41-13-5 redcord, which is the reason the 10-5-1 Canucks are only good for 4th place in the Pacific at the moment.
The next 5 games - including another meeting against the Sharks when they return home from the trip - will surely tell us quite a bit more about where this team stands in relation to its contemporaries. The team responded admirably to the adversity it faced during its Eastern trip, but I don't need to tell you that this is a whole 'nother animal.
No it's literally a different animal.. it's a Coyote. Read on past the jump for a look at tonight's game.
November 04 2013 08:33PM
David Booth is limping his way to the AHL...for a conditioning stint
Hey everyone. Sorry for the lack of headshots, but between real life and your emotionally crippling critiques I've been away for a while. Nevertheless, I'm back and that probably upsets you in some way or another. If it does, you're doing the internet wrong. After all, all I'm here to do is provide you with the most relevant links of the day relating to your favourite hockey team in a tidy, efficient manner, and maybe, just maybe, make you chuckle a little bit. Here are the headshots for November the 4th.
November 04 2013 03:27PM
*on a conditioning loan.
No, this does not mean that David Booth is going to hang out in the American Hockey League until his contract is bought out. Conditioning loans are quite common and can't be done without the player's consent, according to the relevant article of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
November 04 2013 02:08PM
We're at the quarter poll of the WHL season, so now's a good time to take a look at how the Giants have stacked up against their B.C. Division rivals. Although the results haven't always been there, they're just two points back of 8th place Prince George for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with a game in hand, and statistically, they compare very favourably to the teams they're locked in a playoff race with.
Read past the jump for more.