The Canucks returned home from a week-long road trip to start a six game homestand last night. Unfortunately, their defensive game and 5-on-5 play which was lost last week on the plane from Boston to Florida still hasn't been recovered. It could be in Taipei by now for all we know. All we can do is remain positive it will show up before tomorrow's game against the LA Kings.
News and notes from the weekend straight ahead!
Vancouver Canucks news & notes:
- The Rock reviews last night's game against the Ducks, with a special guest. [Legion of Blog]
- David Booth was a -1 with 1 shot in 15:50 TOI in his first game back. From a purely subjective standpoint, I thought he was one of the only forwards to show some jump.
- What is going through the mind of Chris Higgins in this photo? My best guess: the flasher from the San Jose series was following the team on the road, and giving Higgins a show after the whistle. [Pass it to Bulis]
- Thomas Drance read my mind with this post: Alex Edler is well deserving of his All-Star appearance this season, but that doesn't mean he's the best defenceman on the Canucks. [Pass it to Bulis]
- Speaking of Drance, he appeared on Nation Radio on Saturday to talk some Canucks. [Canucks Army]
- Patrick Johnston analyzes narratives in hockey, and how they come about. After the Canucks/Bruins debacle last weekend, this is definitely a topic that needs exploring. This is well thought out. [Canucks Army]
- Jason Botchford with a good read on the Keith Ballard situation. [The Province]
Today in Canucks history: [Jan 16, 2003] Trevor Linden becomes only the second player in Canucks history to play 800 games in a Canucks uniform. Stan Smyl was the first.
NHL news & notes:
- Wild one in Tampa yesterday. The Pens were up 3-0 in the 3rd period before blowing it and allowing the Bolts to tie it up . Then Geno Malkin took over, scoring a natural hattrick – the last one into an empty net. There were a total of 7 goals scored in the 3rd period. Malkin is now just one point behind Henrik for the league lead, and he's played 9 fewer games. Watch the hatty. The second goal is sick:
- Jeff Skinner returned to the Canes lineup yesterday after suffering a concussion on Dec 7th.
- There's been much speculation lately about the Maple Leafs trading Luke Schenn. Could the Flyers be a potential trade partner? [Philly.com]
- That article, posted on Friday, speculated that James van Riemsdyk could be going the other way for Schenn. Well, on Saturday it was announced that JVR will be out indefinitely with a concussion, so you can forget about that deal for the time being. [NHL.com]
- Jamie Benn's participation in the All-Star Game is in doubt after he underwent an appendectomy on Sunday afternoon. [NHL.com]
- This is a very long, totally scathing takedown of the Montreal Canadiens franchise. I don't think things are quite as bleak in Montreal as this article makes it out to be, but there's no doubt they're in a rut that's going to be hard to dig out of. [Sportsnet]
- Ryan Lambert's "What We Learned" is always a good read, recapping the last week in the NHL. [Puck Daddy]
- If this blog post was a concert it would be worthy of 10 encores: "Around the League in 33 Bands". A sample: "Columbus Blue Jackets are Phish: You have to be high to enjoy them and even then, they still suck. They have been accused of having a negative influence on youth. You're never sure which direction they're heading and they usually result in a headache. Sometimes you wonder how their members get paid to do what they do." [Puck Drunk Love]
- Alex Ovechkin spits FIRE in this Russian hip-hop video entitled "Champion". The only scenes where I have any clue what's going on are the quick cuts of Ovechkin dancing like he's at an elementary school sock hop. On the NHL-musical-experimentation scale, this is less embarrassing than the Calgary Flames' "Red Hot", and on a pro-athlete-trying-to-rap scale, his verse is better than most of the LA Lakers Rap All-Stars. And, uh, maybe this is too obvious to bring up, but at what is Alex Ovechkin a champion? [Puck Daddy]