Hope you all enjoyed the weekend and the Canucks 4th straight win. They've had a great start to their road trip, and with Columbus, Carolina and Toronto on the horizon this week, have a good chance of making it a very successful trip overall.
Lots of good stuff from the weekend that was, so lets JUMP to it!
We all saw Nick Foligno's awkward hit on Cody Hodgson Saturday night. AV's post-game comments seem to suggest Cody is fine and was only held out of the rest of the game as a precaution, which is good news as the Canucks can't afford another injured forward. Did either of Foligno's hits — the other on Ryan Kesler — warrant a suspension? I don't think so. Both Hodgson and Kesler put themselves in awkward positions. That said, I really, really dislike Nick Foligno and his lemur face, so I wouldn't complain if he missed a couple games.
Vancouver Canucks news:
- Dale Weise and Nick Foligno dropped the gloves shortly after the Hodgson hit. Turns out it wasn't the first time these two guys chucked the knuckles. Take a look. [YouTube]
- The Canucks vs Senators according to Twitter. Always enjoy these from CHB. [Canucks Hockey Blog]
- Tony Gallagher has never been one to cheerlead, constantly questioning whether the Canucks have enough toughness and calling Luongo a "rebound machine". After that particular tweet, I responded sarcastically referring to Tony G as a "ray of sunshine". Well maybe his Grinchy heart has grown a couple sizes since, because yesterday morning he published this piece imploring us all to enjoy watching this team while we can and ditch the negativity. And I agree! [The Province]
- In light of Cory Schneider's recent success and his subsequent popularity in Vancouver, Thomas Drance takes a look at some other goalies' stats after 50 games in the NHL. Has Schneider faced enough adversity yet for us to really know what he's all about? [Vancouver Sun]
- A good read from Jonathan Willis on Manny Malhotra's prowess in the faceoff circle. You might be surprised to find out who helped him develop his skills when he first entered the league. [Canucks Army]
- @Socialassassin2 addresses the Canucks perceived lack of "toughness", and whether it's a legitimate concern. [Canucks Army]
- A great read from Greg Wyshynski on Terry Murray and the Los Angeles Kings. With the way their lineup has shaped up the past couple seasons, Murray's coaching style may not be the best fit anymore. [Puck Daddy]
- UPDATE: Sounds as if Murray could be on the outs as early as this week. [Puck Daddy]
- The "Honey Badger" nickname has jumped the shark (or the badger...whatever). [Legion of Blog]
- This was posted on Friday so won't be 100% accurate anymore, but it's interesting nonetheless: how the current playoff picture would look with the newly-approved realignment. [Twitter]
- TSN's Scott Cullen breaks down the fantasy impact of the Kaberle-Spacek deal. It paid immediate dividends for the Habs against the Devils on Saturday, as their PP looked dangerous and Kaberle notched 2 assists. [TSN]
- Andy Sutton has been suspended 8 games, and the Oilers are officially "struggling", going 2-5-1 in their last 8. If only the Minnesota Wild would start losing, all would be right with the Northwest Division again. Speaking of... [Vancouver Sun]
- The Wild stretched their winning streak to 7 games on Saturday. Impressive, but I still have my doubts about whether or not this team is legit. We've seen teams like the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche in the past couple years ride the percentages to hot starts, and then when the breaks start to go the other way in the second half, barely squeak into the playoffs or miss them entirely. [NHL.com]
- Just a ridiculous backhand pass from Pavel Datsyuk to setup a Valtteri Filppula goal on Saturday night. This is the kind of skill that can't be taught. [YouTube]