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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.
Read more after the jump...
Everyone wants to touch a Sedin...
When you consider Alex Sulzer as one of the best players in tonight's game, you know you have a problem. When you can't score in the game, you know you have a problem. When Bieksa is again a -2 and now a -9 on the year, we've got a problem. When you getting shutout to Brian Elliott, we've got a problem
Maybe we can fire an assistant coach?
So Schneider looked better than Luongo of late, but he can't score goals. This no scoring goal thing has been a bit of a problem for the Canucks. It's frustrating to watch the team come out and not look like they care about really doing what it takes to get a win. In last night's game against Edmonton, it wasn't until the last 5, maybe 10 minutes that the Canucks actually showed an interest in winning the game. By then it was too late.
Tonight, the Canucks looked at loose pucks on the ice like it wasn't worth their time.
Thoughts from the last two nights
- Sulzer, Booth, Ballard and Kesler played well
- Booth skates really well
- I've been a Luongo defender, but it really has been hard to defend him lately. Has he ever been this bad in October? What happens if he doesn't have a good November?
- At what point does AV give Schneider a legitimate shot to be the starter?
- I can't believe we lots to Elliott, and even worse gave him a shutout
- I will make allowances for the 2nd line not putting up goals as Kesler tries to find his instincts to shoot and Booth finds chemistry
- The Sedins need to step it up
- Hodgson makes some really randomly stupid mistakes with the puck. They haven't hurt him too badly yet, but you can see where players that have more experience than him can take advantage of him
- Higgins was invisible, and then he was removed from the 2nd line during the 3rd
- Hansen wasn't that much better
- This is our 3rd shutout this season
For the first time ever, I think I just caught myself agreeing with Mike Milbury. I know, I know, how could you ever agree with Mike Milbury?
If you haven't seen it yet, check out this Saturday's Hot Stove (start around the 4:20 mark). It's not really a hot stove topic to me, but thank god they talked about it.
Since all the games during the playoffs were carried by CBC, we haven't seen it for a while, but Sportsnet is back with it again with their advertisements on the glass behind the net. The ad is superimposed on the glass so it doesn't actually affect a ticket holders view but watching it during the Minnesota game today, it is really irritating. The superimposed images are unavoidable to everyone and stand out much more than the rinkboard advertisements. Maybe it's because I haven't gotten used to it, or because it seems to hover across the glass, but it's seems to make me angry watching it.
Milbury didn't like it either. He said he felt like boycotting watching because it bothers him. To which Ron McLean says he understands the purpose and then Eric Francis tries to equate the nets at the rink needing time for people to adjust to as well. Yes Eric, it may have required time to have people adjust to it, but the nets are there to save lives, not make more advertising money. So for the first time since I can remember, I'm agreeing with Milbury in his dislike for the ads.
The Globe and Mail did an article on it earlier this year that is worth a quick read. A lot of people PVR games and skip over the commercial breaks, so there is a loss in exposure for the advertisers. Sometimes for the early games I do this, although for 7pm starts I usually suck it up to watch the commercials since sports doesn't seem right to watch it delayed. I get how it is another avenue for Sportsnet to sell advertisements, but isn't this a bit much? no comments
I didn't expect the Rangers to be the only pointless team this far into the season, or that Ryan Kelser would make is early return from injury tomorrow, or how tempered my excitement about tomorrow's game is right now. My excitement is mellowed because tomorrow night is night that the Canucks will remember Rick Rypien.
The Jets did it beautifully on their home opener in Winnipeg just over a week ago, and I expect no less from the Canucks. Everyone who is a Canucks fan has a favorite Rick Rypien moment, so tomorrow night will be hard, for a lot of us. I imagine this will be heartbreaking and I cannot say that I knew him at all, just know of his on-ice charisma. I cannot imagine what his family will feel tomorrow.
Last week before the Jets game I spend the morning reading this article on Rypien by Randy Turner of the Winnipeg Free Press. It is a long and tough article to read, but I highly recommend spending the time to. I don't want to quote from it because I feel that you should read it in its entirety because it really is worth spending the time.
Here's to hoping that his short life will amount to something more by allowing us to talk and educate ourselves about depression, and how much it hurts.
And for the first time in months, I am now excited to start this hockey season. I'm not sure if the Pensblog writers felt this way about the beginning of the season after they had lost to Detroit in the SCF, but it took a while to care about hockey.
Can the Canucks do what they did last year? Impossible to predict and also unlikely to happen. So let's move on from what happened last year, and enjoy the beginning of the season for what it is. Hockey is back, be grateful, because if we have a lock-out next year, you won't get the joy of feeling like today is Christmas.
Head over to the boys at The Pensblog for your opposition blog coverage. I might be jumping on their pre-game podcast, so if you want to give it a listen. I'm sure I'll get ripped in their c-blog for my podcast appearance.
No Crosby is not playing, but I wanted to use the photo no comments