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Vancouver Canucks vs Montreal Canadiens Post-Game Recap: Sacré Bleh

The Rundown 

With the Canucks coming off an Eastern time zone road trip that ended with a four-game losing streak—and a four-game pointless streak for Elias Pettersson—the Vancouver fanbase was eagerly anticipating a bounceback game for both the home team and its star rookie. Unfortunately, they’d still have to put up with a 4:00PM PST start-time to accommodate the incoming Montreal Canadiens.

 

The lineups were, as always, provided by Jeff Paterson: 

 

Brendan Gaunce drew back into the lineup, with Darren Archibald replacing him in the pressbox.

 

1st Period 

Thirteen seconds into the game, the makings of a long night seemed to already be apparent. Adam Gaudette—newly placed between Antoine Roussel and Jake Virtanen—took a penalty after a series of quick defensive miscues to put the Canadiens on the man advantage before a lot of fans had even reached their seats. Fortunately, the penalty killers found some early success.

Pettersson made his first impressive play three minutes into the game by setting up Michael Del Zotto with an insane side-eyed cross-ice flip-dish, but Del Zotto missed the net with his shot.

 

Other than that, the next most exciting moment of the period’s first eight minutes was apparently Carey Price drinking out of a straw.

 

The fans finally had a reason to cheer as Jacob Markstrom made a strong cross-crease play to stymy a two-on-one chance by the Canadiens, and for the first time in a while the “Go Canucks Go” chants drowned out the “Habs” variation.

 

Shortly thereafter, Phillip Danault took a hooking penalty to put Vancouver on their first powerplay. Many fans let out an additional cheer when Ben Hutton, not Derrick Pouliot, came out with the first unit—not that it made much difference in another lackluster Brock Boeser-less effort on the man advantage.

Max Domi, who had previously mixed it up with Tim Schaller, then smacked Tyler Motte with a careless high stick, putting the Canucks right back on the powerplay heading into the second TV timeout. This time around, the returns were much strong—and Hutton looked like a genuine quarterback—but the top unit would again fail to convert, despite some clever stickhandling by Pettersson in the corner.

 

When Derrick Pouliot came out with the second unit, he very nearly gave the puck away for an in-close shorthanded attempt, and the rest of the penalty expired without incident—until Domi sprang from the box to head in on a breakaway that Markstrom stopped with ease. Motte went in on a breakway of his own on the next play, but didn’t accomplish anything other than driving the Montreal defender into Price and the net.

 

The rest of the period passed without any further events of significance. Shots were 10-9 in favour of Vancouver.

 

Intermission Highlight 

Don Cherry absolutely loving the fashion sense of the Vancouver Canucks—especially Troy Stecher and his “little jacket”—but not loving how hard “Goldobin” is to pronounce.

 

Intermission Lowlight 

Everything else about Don Cherry’s finger-pointing ramblings, including chastising Pettersson for not leaping to his feet when his teammate got in a fight and saying “Thank God for Doug Ford.” How does Luke Cage get cancelled while this guy gets to stay on the air?

 

2nd Period 

Early in the second, Troy Stecher made a nice defensive play to interrupt a two-on-one for the Canadiens. Meanwhile, Coach Travis Green had the lines in a blender right away in an attempt to spark some offense, placing Bo Horvat between the grinding Antoine Roussel and Jake Virtanen. The game began to move into a back-and-forth segment, with Tim Schaller earning a nice rush on yet another odd-man rush.

Near the five-minute mark, Ben Hutton demonstrated his newfound two-way abilities on a single shift in which he made a nice offensive foray in the offensive zone—and then slid on the ice to break up some tic-tac-toe passing from the Habs in his own end with a desperation pokecheck.

 

The first goal of the game finally arrived just past the eight-minute mark, as Jeff Petry sprang Tomas Tatar on a breakaway and Tatar made no mistake in blowing his ninth goal of the season over Jacob Markstrom’s arm. Jim Hughson couldn’t help but reference the “Tatar!” guy in celebration.

 

I don’t have anything to add to this tweet, I just found it really funny:

 

It’s a good thing there were humourous tweets to amuse the fanbase, too, as—rather than open up the game—Tatar’s goal seemed to lull both teams into another section of relatively eventless hockey.

The next incident of significance was Erik Gudbranson getting defensively clowned and then pushed around by Max Domi—not a great showing for the big defenseman. While that was going on, Hutton was busy ripping off Andrew Shaw’s helmet behind the net.

Clearly inspired by Hutton’s bravery, the Canucks evened the score on their very next shift. Bo Horvat won a defensive faceoff and Michael Del Zotto rushed the puck up the ice before dishing it back and crashing the net. Del Zotto would end up putting in the rebound after Roussel tipped a Tyler Motte point shot, and the score was knotted at one.

 

The period ended with the Canucks shorthanded after an undisciplined, retaliatory penalty by Jake Virtanen. Fortunately, the PK crew—led by a continually impressive Hutton—stymied the Montreal offense and the teams remained tied heading into the intermission.

 

Intermission Highlight 

Not having to listen to Don Cherry.

 

Also, this:

 

3rd Period 

The third period began with a few more line adjustments courtesy of Travis Green, including Nikolay Goldobin on Bo Horvat’s wing. Despite the changeup, the early offensive chances went were in the Canadiens’ favour, including an in-close chance for Brendan Gallagher that Jacob Markstrom denied.

Horvat earned the Canucks’ third powerplay of the game with a strong power move in the Montreal zone, drawing a hooking penalty against Xavier Ouellet. The second unit came out to start and Jake Virtanen got an early chance at a rebound at the netfront—and then engaged in a serious facewashing session with Jeff Petry. The first unit hit the ice for the last half of the penalty, but they didn’t accomplish much other than giving Artturi Lehkonen a nice look at a shorthanded breakway.

On the positive side of the physical game, Virtanen landed his best hit of the game the next time he got on the ice, renewing acquaintances with Petry via a crunching check in the corner.

The Canucks received a great opportunity to firmly shift the momentum when Lehkonen took an interference penalty off an offensive zone faceoff, and this time the first unit came out right away and made an immediate impact. Nikolay Goldobin rang one off the iron, and the next play saw Horvat and Adam Gaudette almost jam one in. But it would be the slump-busting Elias Pettersson who finally converted. After a one-timer that Carey Price kicked out, Pettersson remained in position and cranked another one past Price a handful of seconds later, assisted by Ben Hutton and Goldobin. Rogers Arena erupted, and Elias’ march to the Calder Trophy resumed in earnest.

 

Despite all the excitement, it wasn’t long before the Canadiens tied it up. After Jonathan Drouin nearly tucked in a bad bounce off the endboards, the Habs kept up the pressure and Max Domi bounced a puck off Andrew Shaw’s foot and past Markstrom. With both fanbases in attendance now electrified, the building got noticeably louder.

 

A shift or two later, the Canucks had their longest sustained sequence of pressure yet, responding to the crowd with several offensive chances, but Price proved equal to the task. Horvat came the closest to scoring with a near tap-in, but the period entered its second-last TV timeout with the score at “deuces wild.” When the play resumed, the Canucks kept up the assault, and Derrick Pouliot nearly converted a great pass from Horvat.

The Canadiens got a chance of their own on the next shift, but that turned into a very dangerous-looking Pettersson/Virtanen two-on-one that was ultimately unsuccessful. The game began to open up into firewagon hockey once again. Unfortunately, that ended when Michael Del Zotto took an outrageously late shot at Jesperi Kotkaniemi and was tagged with an interference minor for his troubles.

 

The Habs went on the powerplay with less than three minutes remaining in the period, and it only took them eight seconds to convert. Brendan Gallagher battled his way to the front of the net to screen Markstrom, and Jonathan Drouin hammered a point shot into the top corner to put Montreal ahead with 2:44 left on the clock.

 

The Canucks pulled the goaltender with just under two minutes left, and received an immediate chance on net, resulting in an offensive zone faceoff. After Matthew Peca nearly put it in the empty net, the Canucks brought the puck back up the ice and got set up—only for Goldobin to loudly ring one off the post.

Green called for his timeout with 37.6 seconds on the clock, and Markstrom remained at the bench. Hutton and Pouliot generated a couple of last-ditch chances on net, but Price stood tall and closed out the 3-2 win for his squad.

 

Wrap Up 

This game seemed to be on the verge of a fantastic conclusion, and then Michael Del Zotto took a late undisciplined penalty in an effort to rub out a teenager. It’s fair to say that the entirety of the blame for this loss will fall on Del Zotto’s shoulders, and that he’s subsequently lost any good will that his first period goal.

At the very least, Elias Pettersson bumped his slump in a fittingly definitive fashion, but the Canucks also earned their fifth straight loss. It’s a win for Team #LoseForHughes, but it’s the sort of loss that should leave a bitter taste in the mouth of any fan regardless of their proclivities.

 

Advanced Stats

 

Gameflow from Canucks vs. Montreal November 19, 2018 (Courtesy of naturalstattrick.com)

 

Heatmap from Canucks vs. Montreal November 19, 2019 (Courtesy of naturalstattrick.com)

 

Top Performers 

Ben Hutton

Hutton has stepped into the void left by Alex Edler’s absence with aplomb. He led all Canuck defenders in icetime with 20:01, and looked confident on both the powerplay and the penalty kill. Fans have been asking for Hutton on the first unit for a while now, and he gave Travis Green plenty of reason to keep him there with several strong plays and the primary assist on Elias Pettersson’s goal.

Elias Pettersson

Pettersson bumped his four-game point slump with a powerplay one-time blast, but that was only the tip of the iceberg in terms of his on-ice dominance. He had the second-most icetime of any Canuck, including the defensemen, trailing only Bo Horvat. Once again, Pettersson made several eye-popping plays that combined to make his opponents look silly, and he looks more than ready to continue his offensive dominance as the Canucks continue their homestand.

Tyler Motte

Motte played this game like he did in the preseason when he was in the process of forcing his way onto the team. Motte generated several offensive chances by driving the play, picked up an assist on Del Zotto’s goal, and led all forwards in shorthanded time on the ice.

 

Next Game 

The Canucks continue at home on Monday, November 19, with a game against Brandon Tanev and the Winnipeg Jets. The puck drops at 7:00PM PST.

  • truthseeker

    I’ve been complaining about the lack of discipline all year. Early they were getting away with the bad penalties because they were producing enough to counter them. Now they aren’t. Just cleaning up those bad penalties would have resulted in more points in the standings. They need to smarten up.

  • Beer Can Boyd

    Del Zotto has to be benched for at least 1 game for that. I know that in the grand scheme of things that the minimum of 1 point it cost the team is not critical this year, but the complete lack of discipline and total selfishness MDZ displayed needs to be addressed, and a message sent. Meritocracy, remember Dallas? He’s been pretty terrible for the most part anyways.

    • kablebike

      Meh. It’s a long season. Sometimes being overly aggressive will haunt a player and a team. MDZ is usually pretty fair but sometimes goes overboard. I’d rather the odd overzealous mistake than passive playing.

    • speering major

      MDZ is awful but he has actually been active offensively and playing well…. for him. Yes he’s not good and the team will be better next season with him and his salary off the books, but for MDZ, he’s done well the last couple games.

    • Jim "Dumpster Fire" Benning

      You were just mentioning Gaunce and the whole fictitious ‘meritocracy’ of Green in another piece…typical Green. Same mixed messages as last year when everybody wad supposed to be accountable, and anyone who played poorly was going to sit….except for the unwritten clause that if you were a veteran player making more money than you deserved, no matter how godawful you played, you were always safe in TGs ‘meritocracy’.

  • Kootenaydude

    How many times have the Canucks fought tooth and nail to score a goal, just to give up a goal less than two minutes later? Oh well, we need one more decent draft pick in 2019.

    • LiborPolasek

      Ditto and I understand the defensive shortcoming(s) but with Markstrom in net the probability of a softie or flukie goal going in to tie or lose the game seems to increase… Frustrating because I still continue to have high hopes for Markstrom but the main flaw seems to be his mental strength and is especially obvious to me when the game is at the tipping point of a win or not.

  • canuckfan

    Team is still playing pretty good just some stupid brain farts such as the penalty to MDZ end up losing because of this. How much longer until Edler comes back so MDZ and Pouliot can exchange spots in the stands. They can both be 7 and eight defense after Christmas when the team brings up Juolevi.
    Goldobin has hit enough posts lately just needs to adjust the curve on his stick a bit so they start going in. Sure hope Brock is going to be coming back soon as well as Sven.
    The team will be defined after the California trip but may not show in wins. Need to get players back into the lineup to get back into the win column

    • Bud Poile

      Sven’s not even skating yet.
      Sutter is another two weeks.
      Beagle is roughly Christmas time.
      No word on Brock returning.Not skating.
      Edler is roughly early to mid-December.
      Nilsson is skating with the club.
      Utica says Brisebois is the next LHD in line.

      • DJ_44

        I would imagine Beagle is another 7 to 10 days out, as he was hurt Oct 13th and it is usually a six week recovery from broken bones.
        I would have thought Sutter is farther away with a shoulder.
        I suspect Boeser will be back in 7 to 10 days as well — he is not skating, but he is working out and strengthening.

        Edler was hurt Oct 24th …they were saying was 4 to 6 weeks — Nov 21 to Dec 5th.

        Watching Utica, I am comfortable with Briesbois, McEnemy or Sautner stepping in. Gaunce should be sent back down. I would like to see MacEwen, Boucher (after a few more games back) and Dahlen called up, in that order.

  • surreal78

    A handful of thoughts, in no particular order…
    1. CA commentary (not authorship) has been pretty weak since the mass writer defection to the A. At least there are no “first”s or “VIPs” over here, but the quality and quantity of article responses has dropped significantly. (Disclosure: I’m a paying Athletic subscriber. Sadly, JD is just as snide and obnoxious a writer there as he was here.)
    2. Sit MDZ next game. Maybe two. Put Biega in on Monday. No-brainer. Failing that, Juolevi is looking pretty good in Utica these days. Might be a numbers game on D at this point, though. I can’t imagine they want to put MDZ on waivers while Gagner is still floating around with articles still being written about his current plight.
    3. Archibald vs. Gaunce is a fool’s errand. Neither are even decent quality 4th liners in this league; they’re borderline subs. Both have had their chance to prove themselves and have done… squat. I’d like to see MacEwen given a chance, and Archie sent back down.
    4. Petey is starting to look like his old self again. That PP goal was a laser. Once Boeser gets back, watch out.
    5. What’s going on with Baertschi? Demko? The lack of health updates is disconcerting.

    • DJ_44

      With respect to your comments on CA, I disagree. The only regular Canucks authors at the Athletic worth reading is Harman, with Halford and Brough worth a glance. The rest is just crap. The comments are even poorer, as Botchford has brought the great twitter unwashed with him. Comments on Botchford’s articles are usually 60 stating “great job Botch” and 10 pointing out grammatically errors (yes, 5 word sentences can contain grammatically errors).

      Archibald is a solid bottom six option. Gaunce, not so much; he is actually getting slower.

      • North Van Halen

        I like Botch, he’s funny and has great inside info. He’s just not an expert on hockey.

        As for JD, I said it before but, we as a group just need to stop giving him clicks. At first I read his stuff and pointed out the stupid snark but then I realized it was just giving him more clicks and contributing to his success.
        Guys the only way to stop the stupidity is to stop feeding it. Don’t click, don’t read. It won’t get any smarter.

        • I am Ted

          Glad to see there are more than a few of us who saw that Butthole Burke was a moron and a cancer here. Trust me, that sack of crap isn’t getting anything off me and I actually avoided articles he blogged as much as I could while he was here. He is all sorts of stupid.

          • Dirk22

            Did JD Burke personally insult you guys in any way? If not, you seriously need to get a grip. Especially you Ted. Go hit the gym or something to get rid of that rage bud!

          • North Van Halen

            Awww, it always hurts me most when I get insulted this personality. When Matty or PQW insults me, I don’t take it too bad because I don’t respect those guys. Same with East Van Canuck, West Van Betty & Young Canuck, it doesn’t bother me at all. Corporate Goon & Canadian Paramedic, well those guys are clearly idiots so I’m not worried what they say.
            But when YOU, the Reality Man insults me, it really hurts. Why so mean?

        • Macksonious

          Botchford is an entertaining writer, very good in that regard.

          Don’t entirely agree with your opinions on JD, he’s written some decent articles. However, I do understand why there’s some animosity towards him. Can’t say that I miss his contributions on here.

    • I am Ted

      Sorry pal, but the A is not anything special. I tried that crap out and when you get morons like Butthole Burke there…well, let’s just say they set the bar pretty low. Then you have Botch as well who likes to make sweeping assumptions and is quick to brand a guy for life based on one incident and so on – pass. Harman has done some nice work here but I’ve only read a bit of his work.

      CA is better now than it was last year. Butthole Burke took this site into the shatter. He’s part of the reason why I quit the Athletic. Plus, between CA and Rick Dhaliwal and a few other site, I’m good for Canuck news. They have it covered.

      I also prefer Archi to Gaunce but Archi doesn’t seem to put out the same effort for an entire game. He’s here to hit, crash, bang and maybe scrap once in a while. It isn’t happening often enough to say he’s a lock on line 4.

  • Kanuckhotep

    The Canucks continue to hustle and go all out and can barely recall a VC club who work as hard as they do than this version. There’s just not enough fire power when you consider they’re going with their 13th to 16th best forwards on the organizational depth chart, guys not really expected to light ‘em up that much. We all saw the MDZ debacle and it really doesn’t help at all. Ben and Motte were great and Petey is, well, Petey. Another post, another cross bar and another annoying loss to the Habsburg. Need some bounces guys.

  • crofton

    MDZ wtf.
    On an entirely different note….did everyone see PQW’s hero, Tkachuk – turtle against Kassian? But he plays the game the right way, right? Tough and all?

    • truthseeker

      lol….that’s hilarious….so glad we took OJ over that scumbag. Kid’s got talent no doubt, but if the NHL is ever going to change players like him and marchand, they need to be ostracized in spite of that talent. “yeah you’re good, but we don’t need that kind of behavior on our team…nice talking to you and good luck.” I’d rather the canucks lose out on a draft year than bring in players like that.

          • DJ_44

            Not really sure why the downvotes; Burrows was (at least in his prime) the biggest douche bag/agitator on the ice; I guess it was because he was “our douche-bag”.

          • truthseeker

            even though it’s the cockroach and his stupidity talking, I will respond to this one.

            I actually agree (somewhat) about Burrows. Loved his story and his work ethic etc, but too many times he crossed that line and I never defended him when he did.

            I would say the big difference though is much of the worst things Burrows did, were goofy things like the hair pulling, and after whistles. How many times was Burrows suspended for something during play that was a real danger? Hits to the head, bad spears etc…? I think he was suspended only once as a canuck? That head shot to the Hab. Which if I recall…while bad, wasn’t really a “pre meditated” cheap shot like action. More like what Guddy did this year. A suspension no doubt, but not an action that was a result of goon cheap shot behavior.

            How about Tkachuk? Yeah. Twice already in his short career for nonsense.

            So yeah…nice try, but I’m not and never have been a homer. Burrows was at times an embarrassment for the canucks and every time he was I’d call him out on it while other canuck fans would make apologies.

            Such is your feeble mind though, that you automatically assumed you could make that argument. lol. You’re a stupid human being.

          • KGR

            A few years ago, Burrows said he came into the league as a “dirtbag” and would do anything to stay. As a player he changed a lot over the years and in the end I have a lot of respect for him. He never quit and understood how lucky he was to play in the NHL. When Ron “McClean” took him down in that HNIC video dissection he never actually found anything that Burrows did that bad. Years Later he apologized for it. I don’t see Tkachuk or Marchand ever growing up. Burrows did.

          • DJ_44

            There is a lot of selective memory going on here. Burrows would employ identical tactics that have players wanting to take cheap shot penalties against him that Tkachuck does. No spearing? I was at a lot of Canucks games between 2009 and 2012 and watched him closely. Spears and hacks to back of players legs when the whistle blew were constant. It was his role. He may have grown out of it in his last few seasons (although a I do recall a spear to Morgan Reilly’s chest), but that was his role and he played if well. Wash over it all you want, Burrows was a grade A prick on the ice.

            As for the “never curling up in the fetal position”, I recall numerous times where he did not drop the gloves after provoking a retaliatory penalty. Finally, he actually bit Bergeron.

            He was a douche bag ….. only he was our douche bag.

        • crofton

          @ Kermit…he may have done, I don’t recall it, but maybe if he was seriously at a disadvantage. Tkachuk is listed at 6’2″ and 202, Kassian at 6’3″ and 211, so maybe he felt out gunned.

    • I am Ted

      I’d prefer Tkachuk to Juolevi right now. NHL teams need these prick players and Tkachuk is driven and determined. He is putting up great numbers and has no fear. Imagine him in our top 6 right now. Yeah, I’d take him over Olli. I hope I’m proven wrong by Olli but I don’t see it.

      • truthseeker

        NHL teams really don’t need those types of players. Again, not arguing the talent, just the baggage that comes with it. I’d rather lose the talent than have the baggage.

  • LiborPolasek

    The goalie match up tonight pointed out the importance of a goalie that has a killer instinct to take care of business in net. I understand that goalies like Price dont come cheap but I hope that when the team is ready to compete that Demko will that goalie to support our star player(s).

  • myshkin

    i despise don cherry and almost have a nervous breakdown if i can’t find the remote when he comes on. pat quinn should have finished him off years ago when he called bure a weasel.

    • Reality Man

      Come on Stefan “on ice dominance”?? I really cannot accept this ridiculous overhype here about Petterssen. wtf…

      Sure, the kid bumped a slump with the decent PP goal but he was a non entity the whole frickin game. Whiffing on shots and passes (bar one sweet stretch pass), squeezing the stick and he was a horrific 30 per cent in the circle.

      Look, if EP was ‘dominating’ fair enough im with ya, but I watched the game and he was not! It’s total fakenews and an insult to hockey fans to say otherwise – tell it like it is ffs – leave the fairytales and bold faced lies to Donald Trump.

  • Defenceman Factory

    Good effort, an improved D, adequate goaltending, two top quality centres, Jake and a couple decent complementary pieces at least make games entertaining to watch. The MDZ penalty was unfortunate.

    The Canucks still need upgrades to their forward group. Hopefully Gaudette can evolve into a competent 3rd line centre who can drive offence. There are flashes but he has a ways to go. Goldobin and Baertschi are adequate top 6 players but to be effective the Canucks need Boeser and another top quality right winger to do the heavy lifting. Dahlen is getting close, the 2019 1st rd pick is likely a top quality forward and with one of the current prospects to emerge or a scoring winger UFA or trade the forward group will be very strong within a year or two. This is the same short term timeframe that will see a big step up on the left side D.

    2019 is the year Benning has to make the moves to take this team into contention.

  • Kootenaydude

    Goldobin really has to stop his lousy cross ice passes to the other teams. It’s getting ridiculous. Really bad giveaways that put the opposing teams in very favourable positions. Brock and Baer can’t come back soon enough.

    • Jim "Dumpster Fire" Benning

      3 solid weeks now of Goldys ‘free pizzas’ across the middle trying to force those low % passes…..very frustrating to watch to say the least

  • Kanuckhotep

    Things could be far worse, Canucks fans. The Oilers have to be the biggest embarrassment in the NHL. They have arguably the best player on Earth with Connor and outside of him, Draisatl and the Nuge who have they got? If people don’t like how Benning has run this club how would you like to have Chiarelli as GM? I admit it has nothing to do with Vancouver but where they’ve drafted over the years they should have won the Big Mug by now. We have way more hope with our club than this clown college. And Lucic? What a joke.

    • I am Ted

      Agreed. It’d also suck if we got a guy like Gillis back. He steered the Canucks into some bleak times with his absolutely horrific drafting (is Horvat the only player he drafted that became an NHL player?!), poor trades, handing out NTCs like candy and tossing away draft picks like mad (mind you, he wouldn’t have done much with those picks anyway).

      • truthseeker

        Once again….for the millionth time…those NTC’s allowed a yearly contender stay that way for much longer than would have otherwise. It worked very well, until age caught up.

        And besides, the canucks got out from under those NTC’s, when they finally decided too, much faster than the Hawks will get out of their 8 to 10 million dollar contracts.

        The NTC strategy was a decent one given the cap.

        • I am Ted

          Nope. Wrong. Dead wrong. Sure, we’re out from most of the NTCs but the returns were less than great because players called the shots. Gillis was not bright enough to draft well and, I guess, couldn’t figure out that you need to replenish your system with good young players. Gillis should have been dealing a vet here and there to add some high end prospects. Didn’t happen. The only time is sort of did is when he dealt Schneider in his prime for the pick that turned into Horvat (I am still stunned Bo is as good as he is just because Gillis drafted him).

          Those NTCs helped a couple times but handing them out to Higgins and bottom 6 players was not smart (I didn’t like it at all, honestly but whatevs).

          Can anyone name any players Gillis brought in that stocked the system other than Bo and maybe Tanev? Right. Exactly.

  • I am Ted

    First off, I am back and happy to see Butthole Burke no longer used on this site. I know you all missed me so thanks for that!

    “It’s fair to say that the entirety of the blame for this loss will fall on Del Zotto’s shoulders, and that he’s subsequently lost any good will that his first period goal.” Anyone who has been around the game (fan or player) knows this is an asinine assertion. Roget, get a clue. No, I am not an MDZ fan and yes that was an absolute moronic penalty – stupidity +, for sure. But that isn’t the only issue here and why the team lost. Smarten up if only a little, CA bloggers.

    I’d like to see MDZ back in the pressbox or dealt away but the Jets are a big team so I am betting he is back next game.

    Gagner should help out Horvat a bit next game but this team still has a ways to go. Benning needs to continue making moves and obtaining young assets/picks. Canucks are on the way but far from being a contender.

  • speering major

    The team badly needs to get healthy

    Baertschi is under rated and would be a big boost

    Biega is under rated imo. I think he needs to get more reps when there’s injuries

    Motte has heart and plays hard. Unfortunately he has zero offensive capability. Yes you need role players but in todays game they need to be a threat to put up 10 goals in a season. If Vegas set the line for both Motte and Guance to put up 10 goals combined in a full season, I’d take the under

    Goldobin has skill but he hasn’t been effective for a string of games. If the team wasn’t battling injuries I think he would be in the press box again. Green has him on a short leash. He better step it up before the team gets healthy

    They should look to re-sign Hutton if this continues. With a decent partner and appropriate role, he could be useful.