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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CanucksArmy Presents: The Canucks Fan Roundtable for February

Thomas Drance
February 01 2013 01:23PM


(Editors Note: Last month we debuted the Canucks fan round-table with a "super table" featuring five questions and seven guest writers. It was a massive success and I really enjoyed putting it together and reading the post, so I figured I'd continue on with this feature going forward - but I've decided to limit myself to four guests and four questions.

Today's featured guests are Halston's bane and mommy blogger Stefan (@boring_as_heck), Tumblr wizard Grainne (@KeithMallard), man about town Don (@TheFalconer) and some guy who makes me laugh on Twitter named @crownroyal22. Here's the four questions I posed to our esteemed panel:

  1. How would you like to see the Canucks handle "getting back" at Duncan Keith on Friday?  
  2. Has Luongo's strong start to the season changed your mind at all regarding whether or not the team should keep or trade him?
  3. Based on what you've seen from the Canucks so far this year, what area of their performance are you most worried about? Most pleasantly surprised by?  
  4. Give me five essential Canucks follows that you'd recommend to a Canucks fan, who was thinking about joining Twitter, as a "starter pack"?

My plan with the roundtables are to do one every month, and if you'd like to participate just let me know in the comments section and I'll consider you! Read on past the jump for the round table!)

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The SYAE Podcast: Looking at the Top Storylines Surrounding the Canucks with Cam Charron

Dimitri Filipovic
February 01 2013 11:49AM

You know what they say - you can never have too many Peter Skudra references.

You know how people in Vancouver will tell you that the Canucks have a goaltending "controversy"? Just remember that Peter Skudra used to be in charge of stopping pucks for this team. That ought to settle you down. 

Beyond reminding you of that fact, Cam Charron and I discuss Jason Garrison's early season play, just how much the Canucks miss two-way dynamo Ryan Kesler, and whether the team will go after Duncan Keith in Friday night's in tilt. We also finish the show off with a rebuttal to Don Cherry's latest mind-blowing rant.

Click Past the Jump to Listen to the Podcast.

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