The Worst Lead In Hockey

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February 04 2013 08:32AM

The worst lead in hockey

The good news is the Canucks have had a 2-0 lead in five of their first eight games, and a one goal lead in two others. The bad news is they've given away 8 points to conference opponents in those games.

That being said, the Canucks are off to the best start in years. And so is Luongo. As I said last time, try and remember that the calendar is meaningless. Forget that it's January and just pretend that it's October.

The Canucks' start feels way better now, doesn't it?

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting there is nothing to worry about in Canucksville. In fact, there are always plenty of concerns. The last time I completely gave on my pessimism, they were up 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Final. And we know how that turned out...

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Strombabble: Mr Gillis and Mr Gilman go to Washington

Patrick Johnston
February 03 2013 12:20PM

The Canucks have been interested in Troy Brouwer before, could they be again?

Looks like it's time to add Washington to the list of potential Lu-suitors.

Jeff Angus gave a rundown on Thursday of possible Luongo landing sites, so unless Gillis and Gilman are taking the most round-about route to New Orleans you can imagine - and on Super Bowl Sunday, to boot - it's time to add the U.S. capital  to the list.

Mike Gillis has stressed since the beginning that this would be a hockey trade as much as anything; waiting for the season to start and for teams to start seeing gaps in their lineup always made sense. With the Capitals off to a poor start, are they set to make the proverbial 'shake things up' trade?

Some quick analysis, after the jump.

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Best of the Nation – 2.3.13

Jonathan Willis
February 03 2013 10:31AM

Trade talk, draft talk, and the early season's whipping boys! All that and more after the jump!

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Canucks beat Blackhawks in underwhelming affair: Recap and chance data

Cam Charron
February 02 2013 12:10AM

Photo via Jeff Vinnick/NHLInterative

When our pal Thomas sent out an email Friday afternoon putting himself out for the night with a lower-body injury, I sympathized. It did remain that we needed somebody to step in and count the scoring chances and write a post-game recap for this contest. Hockey is a physical game, and blogging can take a toll on a human being as well. You may laugh, but without being in the right creative mindset, or generally feeling uncomfortable, blogging feels like work, man.

I think I would have preferred to spend my Friday night messed up on painkillers nursing a back injury than re-living this dud of a game. A hockey game was scheduled to start just after 7:00 p.m. on a gorgeous February night in Vancouver. A little over two and a half hours later, the game was over, and the Canucks found themselves with a 2-1 shootout victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. There was supposed to be a furious pace, there was supposed to be furious retribution for Duncan Keith's elbow to Daniel Sedin's head when the teams last faced each other. Neither of those things happened.

Neither team deserved to win. Neither team dressed more than one line for the contest. But somebody did and, to the readers of this blog, the right team won. Analysis below.

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Game 8 Preview: Hawks at Canucks

Patrick Johnston
February 01 2013 06:33PM

Time to renew acquaintances. With all the ink that's been spilt, all the verbal battling, the hits, the goals, the drama, you'd think there's nothing left.

But we know there's always more to come. Tonight is the first time the Canucks and Blackhawks have seen each other since That Elbow (The Elbow, being a whole other incident 19 years ago, of course); lots of energy from people off the ice about what the narrative should be, but will it be about retribution? We'll see.

This is a game that features a red-hot team that's been riding the percentages, who will at some point come back to Earth. The other team has been slowlly-but-painfully warming itself into game shape. This could be epic.

Read on past the jump.

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