October 29 2009 11:42AM
The Vancouver Canucks play the first of back-to-back games in southern California, as they take on the red-hot Los Angeles Kings.
The Canucks, already hit hard by the injury bug, will be without captain and all-star goaltender Roberto Luongo tonight. Luongo suffered a cracked rib against the Maple Leafs a few games ago, and is finally sitting out of the lineup to let this injury heal.
Can the Canucks keep their heads above water without their most important player?
October 29 2009 09:56AM
We near the end of the first month of the season, and there are many great story lines on the ice. The Avalanche are still cruising, Alexander Ovechkin is still scoring, Anze Kopitar and the Los Angeles Kings are making waves on the west coast, there is still a double-standard for suspensions, the defending champs look dominant, even though Crosby isn’t top-ten in scoring and now teams are starting to sniff around for possible trades.
October 27 2009 12:44PM
The Vancouver Canucks play their third home game in four nights as they host the Detroit Red Wings.
Slowly, the Canucks injury ward is starting to clear up and their play has improved. The Red Wings, meanwhile, have started a mini-slide, having lost their last three games and dealing with some lingering injury problems.
October 26 2009 01:12PM
Well, four points in your last three games is impressive young man. Michael Grabner has really put it into high gear in the last three games for the Nucks and has been the team's X-Factor on the ice.
October 26 2009 11:42AM
It's early. Still, teams that get off to strong starts can protect themselves against injuries and late season slumps, while teams getting off to weak starts can dig themselves a hole that's extremely difficult to climb out of. Are there examples of teams leading the league or dwelling in the basement at this point turning their seasons around? Let's look back over the past three years.