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Written by Dani Toth | 08 December 2011

Just when Booth was starting to play really, really well, we have another man down. In addition to losing Chris Higgins with a staph infection to his foot, Kesler lost another linemate as the Canucks announced via twitter today that Booth is out 4-6 weeks with a sprained MCL.

The injury came from this knee on knee hit with Kevin Porter in last night's Avs game:



Brutal to watch happen.

Kevin Porter will have a hearing with Brendan Shanahan as per Bob McKenzie of the TSN panel during tonight's Oilers game

The only thing mildy funny to come out of that hit was this tweet from Ryan Kelser:

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Update:

Kevin Porter got suspended 4 games as per Shanahan


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Written by Dani Toth | 06 December 2011

So it's official, next season we're changing up the schedule, the division (no more), the conferences and the playoffs.

So if you have been ignoring all the re-alignment talk, here is the breakdown:

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And here is what those conference look like visually (map by my friend Cassie @dagmar27):
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The key points:
1. Instead of divisions and conferences, now we get 4 conferences. The conferences don't have names yet but we can refer to them based on geography for now) There are two 7 team conferences (Northeast and Atlantic) and two 8 team conferences (the Pacific and Central)
2. You will play a home and home game against every team not in your division, so that means you'll see every team at Rogers Arena at least once per season. Gone are the every odd year to see Crosby, Ovechkin and Stamkos in Vancouver
3. The rest of the games will be against teams in your own conference. In the conference with 7 teams, they'll play six games against each team in their conference. In our conference of 8 teams, we'll alternate playing some of the teams six times and year and some of the teams five times a year.

In the playoffs*:
1. The top 4 teams of each conference makes it into the playoffs. You will then play against your own division for the first two rounds, so to win, you'll have to play your way out of the conference
2. After winning the conference, the top 4 teams will be re-seeded according to points. So the semi-final and SCF could be against anyone in the other 3 conferences.

*The playoff re-seeding idea hasn't been finalized, but this seems like the way its heading. What this means is that the Canucks could end up playing against the Blackhawks for the SCF.

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Written by Dani Toth | 24 November 2011

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We should re-watch this amazing video of his Jannik Hansen impression on HNIC's after hours:



Congrats to Schneider for his first shutout this season and his second career shutout.
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Written by Dani Toth | 23 November 2011

This photo comes via Puck Daddy and it was originally posted in Pass it to Bulis.

Puck Daddy's description was:
Chris Higgins Ladies ...

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I think I've looked at it for way longer than I should. But there is something about it that just isn't really that attractive. Yeah, yeah, I get that we see his abs. Abs, duly noted. But it's just not doing it for me, maybe you gentle reader will think differently.

Put him in a good suit, and heyo, I would probably go for that. Or maybe it's the fact that he's wiping his nose with his jersey and the abs are the only thing redeeming about this photo.

Aside from all the abs photo staring that I've now made you do, go read Daniel Wagner's post that accompanies the photo on Chris Higgins, because it really does outline how hardworking and consistent he has been as a play for the Canucks. no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 23 November 2011

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AV's comments about David Booth's progress is being diplomatic and generous to the forward.

Via a Gordon McIntyre article in The Province:

“No, we’re not disappointed,” Vigneault said. “We knew coming in he was off to a slow start with Florida ... we knew it was a project we were getting, a project that in the past has had some real solid years.

“There’s definitely a foundation there. We have to work with that foundation.

“We can adjust a couple of things.”

Or maybe he doesn't want to crush the soul of Booth by just coming out to the media and ripping into him?

Well I'M DISSAPOINTED. When the forward that we traded for is making $4.5 million a season, I expect him to be better than a 'project'. I expect that for $4.5 million that you can SCORE some goals quite frankly. I know that it has been an adjustment to coming to Vancouver and being a different team, but really, could you have been this far off from being a productive player?

I'm hoping that in a few weeks I'll be eating my words and my bitterness about his lack of scoring. no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 21 November 2011

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Ottawa Game


The Canucks stole that game. After that first period they had no business winning that game and it took some huge saves from Schneider to come out with the win. The first 20 minutes had all the skaters just fighting the puck and it was really uncomfortable to watch. The second period was better since we did get a goal, but still lots of mistakes. The third had a point when the Canucks did pin the Senators in their zone for a long shift which was positive but the Senators also had some great chances on the Canucks. When we went to overtime, I was content in just getting the point. This is what this season has done to me; it has made me happy with getting to overtime to get the point.
  • We all know Kelser's timing has been off and his instincts just not there. Also not there tonight was his faceoffs as he went 7 for 19 which is 37%
  • Booth skated just two shifts in the 3rd period
  • Hodgson continues to be impressive
  • Edler played 27:32 after coming back with a back injury

Booth

I have tried to hold back on complaining about Booth, but I think I've hit the tipping point. When he skates he seems to want to take the most difficult path on the ice. A few games ago, I think it was against the Caps,  he was going down the left along the boards and when he should have centered the puck he didn't, then it was too late so he had to carry the puck around the net. Tonight in the game against Ottawa he tried to carry the puck past 3 Senators only to have the puck removed from him easily. He is fast and does have a quick shot but he's not playing well with the team.

While Hodgson continues to work hard and get chances, it makes Booth look even worse on the ice. In tonight's game he was benched for much of the 3rd period by AV which was for good reason. I'm not sure what it is yet about why this isn't working, but it isn't.

Marek vs. Wyshynski

With the end of Kurtenblog radio (and Puck Daddy radio earlier this year), I have been looking for a podcast to fill the void that KB radio left on my ipod. I *think* I may have found it with Marek vs. Wyshynski. It's an hour-long podcast that they do Monday to Friday and after listening to their first week at it, I'm feeling like this could be a good fit for me. If you don't want to listen to a sports radio that is all Canucks...ahem Team 1040, and want a podcast that covers various NHL topics with humour I would encourage you to check it out at Sportsnet.ca

And if you know of a better one that you think I might like, hit me up on twitter or leave a comment.

This makes me like John Garrett a little bit...

Sometimes I'm not sure what to think of John Garrett. He's not the worst of the colour guys in the NHL, but he's also not my favorite either. Sometimes when he gets off on his tangents regarding the Safeway products, I want to bash my head with the remote in my hands. Or maybe it's just that I'm envious of the Sharks fans since they have Drew Remenda and Randy Hahn.

But since I just talked about the Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast, you should listen to this Wednesday's edition (November 16th) where they had John Garrett on. On the podcast Garrett gives a great story about back-up goalies eating being snuck hot dogs by the trainers while sitting on the bench and what happens when you get called to go on the ice when you still have the hot dog in your hands. It's a great story.

You can find it here on Puck Daddy if you want to stream it.

Brad May also has a great story on the MvsW podcast

This week has been filled with Vancouver references on the Marek Vs. Wyshynski podcast and a great one comes from Brad May who was on their Thursday show, talking about pranks that happened while he was with the Canucks. It involves a prank pulled on Matt Cooke, so yeah, it's awesome.

You can find it here on Puck Daddy if you want to stream it.

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Written by Dani Toth | 16 November 2011

To the delight of my half-season ticket holder buddy, Schneider will be in net instead of Luongo tomorrow night. My buddy is in the group that thinks that Schneider should be given a fair shot at the starting job here in Van, and is always thrilled when Schneider is in net. And since AV is being all coy with what injury he has (so far saying upper body injury), well it sounds like it could be anything.

But since it's been all Rome for Norris or Vote for Rome for the ASG lately, I feel like so much of the rest of the team has been overlooked. I'll admit, we are 3-0 in the Canucks history when Rome scores, so if he wants to keep this up at a point a season pace, I'm all over it. But since I haven't written in a few days, here are a few of my thoughts.

  • The third line with Hodgson, Lapierre and Booth looked great on Sunday night.
  • Much of the positives of that line thought comes from Cody Hodgson himself. He's been one of the most consistent forwards we've had this season and continues to impress me with his game. At the beginning of the season I couldn't get past his (to me) mediocre skating, but the determination he's shown to get to the pucks and the little plays he's made has changed what I think of him.
  • Kesler just looks off. Everything from his speed to the hesitation he makes before he shoots
  • The fact that the second line hasn't been scoring is hurting this team immensely
  • Exploding sticks have been driving me crazy
Heard today that possible fourth line guy Steve Pinizzotto has had season ending surgery for his left shoulder. Rough year for the guy no comments