Game #31 Preview: Canucks @ Kings

Dimitri Filipovic
March 23 2013 11:48AM

How the Sedins hold up against Anze Kopitar's line will go a long ways towards determining the result of this game.

I'm not quite sure how they have managed to do it - especially given their lineup construction in the most recent game against the Coyotes - but the Canucks have won two straight games. They'll be hard-pressed to stretch that streak, though, as they'll be invading the barn of one of the best teams in the league. 

As if that wasn't tough enough of a task, they'll have to do it without Alex Edler, who was (rather absurdly) suspended for two games following his run-in with Mike Smith. Thomas Drance did a fine job summing the situation up, so we'll just leave it at that. With the missing pieces up front and now on the defense, the team will need its medley of role players to step up once again if they wish to keep this thing moving in the right direction.

Read on Past the Jump for More on the Game.

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Edler Nonsensically Shanabanned for Two Games

Thomas Drance
March 22 2013 07:53PM

In a baffling decision, the NHL Department of Player Safety has decided to suspend Alex Edler two games for charging Mike Smith. The incident occured during Thursday night's game between the Canucks and the Coyotes, and a major penalty was assessed on the play. 

Here's the explanatory suspension video:

Read past the jump for more.

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Dwight King and @Strombone1: Separated at Birth?

Thomas Drance
March 22 2013 05:32PM


John Hoven (aka The Mayor) is an accredited L.A Kings blogger who runs the incomparable Mayor's Manor, an L.A. Kings blog that specializes in miscellany. Who got the choice quote from Drew Doughty comparing the whining Coyotes to the whining Canucks? That was Hoven. Drew Doughty talking about how he hates the Canucks other times? Also John Hoven. Dustin Brown praising Dan Hamhuis while his teammates mostly take shots at Kevin Bieksa? If you guessed John Hoven, you'd be right.

All of this is a long-winded way of telling you that John Hoven's blog is a gold mine. He was at it again today, asking Roberto Luongo about his resemblance with Kings winger Dwight King (pictured above). This was the first I'd ever heard about Luongo's NHL doppleganger, but looking at some photos the resemblance is actually uncanny.

More on Roberto Luongo's latest doppleganger after the jump.

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"Analytics Play a Role in Helping you make Decisions" - Mike Gillis

Thomas Drance
March 22 2013 02:04PM

Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis appeared on the Team 1040's "Scotty and Company" morning show on Friday and was asked a whole host of questions. In the fiften minute interview the Canucks President and General Manager addressed David Booth's injury status, Ryan Kesler's injury status, the likelihood of a NIcklas Jensen call up, trade deadline priorities, and most interesting from our perspective: analytics.

Scott Rintoul, pivoting off of James Mirtle's fascinating piece on the Pittsburgh Penguins, Moneyball and the James Neal acquisition which ran in the Globe and Mail on Thursday, asked Mike Gillis this question: "When it does come to player movement, how much do analytics factor into your personnel decisions?" Gillis' response: (transcription my own)

"They're a factor but they're not the ultimate factor.

I think James Neal has also benefitted from playing with extremely good players in Pittsburgh. When you're playing with Evgeni Malkin your opportunities to score and your opportunities to produce are going to be a little bit stronger than if you're playing with some other guys.

So I think analytics play a role in helping you make decisions, but there's lots of factors that go into making a decision like that."

Read on past the jump for more.

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The Canucks Week in Quips for March 22

March 22 2013 11:30AM

Want to know what Fin's achilles heel is? LOVE. (Rich Lam/Getty Images)

This is a regular Friday feature combining a healthy mixture of observation, analysis, and foresight on the Vancouver Canucks. If you'd like to get at me about anything covered in this column, follow me on Twitter at @yyjordan and let's start a textual relationship (wink).

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