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
The Canucks went into Staples Center after 3 days off and facing a slumping Kings team. Though our even strength play wasn't much better, our powerplay was still on fire. Ok, maybe that 5 on 3 in the 1st period helped.
If the Kings' gameplan was to take a few early game penalties and shoot themselves in the foot, mission accomplished. Trevor Lewis took a 5 minute elbowing major on Bieksa that sent Bieksa to get stitched up. I don't think the refs got the call quite right, but I'll roll with that. Then Doughty took a few too many liberties on Kesler's back until he ended up with a cross-checking penalty.
Salo rockets a goal past quick to open the scoring, then Andrew Ebbett who for some inexplicable reason is on the powerplay gets his first of the year with a little help from former Canuck Willie Mitchell.
Dale Weise hugs it out with Kyle Clifford which seemed like a waste of time other than we got to see Weise's new haircut.
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Record: Canucks (7-7-1) Kings (7-5-3)
Previous games: None
Game time: 7:30pm PST
Enemy Blog: Head over to my blogger buddy The Royal Half for your opposition blog coverageWhile the Canucks have been....
*Not actual photo of them golfing in California, if you want that photo, go to The Province
...enjoying the California sun playing some golf and having the boys keslurk Aaron Rome and ultimately end up dribbling sand on his shoulders...
The Kings have been playing some hockey. They played Monday night against the Sharks in which the Sharks showed them who is boss of the Pacific Division by dominating the 2nd and 3rd period to win the game 4-2.
The Kings then came back against the Predators on Tuesday night winning 4-3. And more importantly, ending the "national nightmare" of the neverending #PennerPoint game.
If you have no idea what I am talking about, then we are clearly not friends on twitter (though we should be) and you have been missing out on a great game to pass the days off.
So now we've got two games up in a back-to-back before heading back home. After that dominating and very satisfying win over the Blackhawks is now at .500 for the roadtrip. Though our powerplay looked good, like 5 powerplay goals in one game good, our 5 on 5 still isn't great. Maybe during the 3 days off AV has had time to work on that. Or perhaps, the return of Aaron Rome will fix all of our miscellaneous problems.
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Who knows what the other guys were doing there for this interview....but the Kesler Bieksa tandem is great no comments
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Record: Canucks (6-7-1) Blackhawks (8-2-3)
Previous games: None
Game time: 4:00pm PST
Obviously this afternoon is a big deal. You know you've had this date circled as game you've wanted to watch once the schedule came out. Games against Chicago are always worth way more than two points.
Coming into this afternoon the Canucks are without two players, Sami Salo and Alex Burrows. Salo is out with a groin and Burrows has a back spasm issue. Aaron Rome is expected to play tonight, in for Salo. To even it out a little on the injury front, Chicago is without their best defencemen in Duncan Keith who has missed 3 games with a hand injury.
Having just watched the last game the Hawks played against Tampa Bay, the Canucks look like they are going to get slaughtered if they don't figure out their game. Chicago pounced on turnovers by the Lightning and made them pay. They scored 3 goals in just over a minute, one of which was a breakaway by Carcillo. Ok, so maybe that Carcillo goals was a mistake by the Lightning since even Chicago's own bench was laughing at the goal, but what I'm trying to say here is that Chicago looked good. They are also on top of the Western Conference while Vancouver has been bumbling around at 11th.
So depending on how the Canucks play today, this game could be great, crap or really messy.
Speaking of Carcillo....
1. He's getting his own radio show? Say what?
2. He's been chirping on twitter about this game already:
And this video from his presser during the summer:
Besides the fact that Torres and Glass don't play for us anymore, bring it on.
And the answer to my Portillo's question is no. I looked it up. I am honestly sad to discover that. no comments
After watching this past week's HNIC Hotstove, one of remarks that Ron MacLean made during the segment where they are talking about visors irked me. I am also back to not agreeing with Milbury on his statements, but that was to be expected.
I had just read a paper about the topic of visors and hockey players just a week ago and what McLean said contradicted the paper. MacLean talks about how visors change the players style of play when they wear it. You can find it here on the HNIC segment, it happens at about the 5:50 mark.
If you are too lazy to watch the segment, I've wrote out what he said:
"Once you begin to hedge your best Elliotte. Once you start to put safety first, you aren't the same player, you are not the same athlete, it's a different game. So you may not have Chris Pronger as Chris Pronger, if he dons protection and starts to turn the other cheek. That's a big issue in sport"If he dons protection, he might turn the other cheek? Chris Pronger will do this?
Now, I am not a researcher, nor am I an expert in the field, but his argument made me think of the paper that I had just read. The paper that was published is by Alberto Chong and Pascual Restrepo, who are from George Washington University and MIT respectively, and it discusses the Peltzman effect on hockey players. The paper is named "Peltzman on Ice: Evidence on Compensating Behavior Using a Natural Experiment from Ice Hockey" and can be found here if you would like to read it.
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