This is getting ridiculous, frankly. The Canucks have won another game, and are now 23% of the way to achieving the 65pts predicted by that wildly inaccurate EA simulation prior to the season’s start. Last night may not have been the prettiest of games, but we’re here to win, not razzle-dazzle.
Let’s take a look at some of the news from around the league, starting with the Canucks’ post-game stories...
CANUCKS WIN, HUTTON IS THE HERO
- Our good friend OffThePostComic has last night’s recap, right here on Nucks Misconduct. Check it out, let us know what you enjoyed about the game. [NM]
- Ben Hutton scored with an OT Penalty Shot. I’m going to look up the last time a Canuck won an OT game with a PS, but for the life of me I can’t remember it happening before.
- I don’t know who Brendan Sutter is, but thank God Nikita Tryamkin was there to help him off the ice! It’s dangerous for amateurs to be out there!
Brendan Sutter gets hurt blocking a shot, Nikita Tryamkin helps him toward the bench. pic.twitter.com/81tMAGnrAv— Blinn and Juice (@NHLBlinn) November 18, 2016
- Tryamkin could be a significant contributor going forwards. His involvement in the injury to Brad Richardson, while unfortunate, highlighted for everyone watching just how lethal a guy his size can be:
Love how Domi just kind of bounced off of Tryamkin when he tried to hit him.— Austin Novakowski (@a_novakowski) November 18, 2016
@BlakePriceTSN To early to nickname Tryamkin "the Terminator"?— Andrew Dash (@andrew_dash) November 18, 2016
- Daniel Sedin is now on a 7 game point streak. I really wish people would stop saying that the Sedins are ‘finished’, ‘declining’, ‘too slow’ and other such insolent things. These guys may be older than our own dads, but in today’s fast-paced NHL, they are still producing. Have more respect for your elders. [NHL]
- Only 30 forwards and 1 D (Shea Weber) have scored more goals than Daniel Sedin this season. He’s still a first line player people. No link, just respect the facts.
- Brandon - that’s Brandon - Sutter has goals in each of the last three games. And people said he isn’t a scorer. [NHL]
- Despite all that, it’s still not advisable to look at any of Sean Tierney’s excellent work. Like this, for example:
PDO Breakdown - Nov 18— Sean Tierney (@ChartingHockey) November 18, 2016
PDO fun in MTL, CBJ, & CHI.
Goals for everyone in TOR, PHI.
Dull hockey in BUF, NJ.
VAN and STL suffering.
- Devan Dubnyk kept his 4th shutout of the season last night. Check out these stats from Dubnyk, Carey Price and Tuuukkkkaaaaaaaa Rask. [The Score]
- An incredible piece of research, and one you all have to read: Down Goes Brown have re-calculated the major awards throughout NHL history to match the MLB method. Western and Eastern conferences get to name a Hart, Vezina, Norris winner etc EACH - and the end result is amazing. [Sportsnet]
- I will never tire of reading stories about Jaromir Jagr. [TSN]
- So after me saying yesterday that all NHL players wanted to play in the 2018 Olympics, it turns out at least one would rather miss out than extend the CBA for three years. Step up Marc-Edouard Vlasic, who was in with a good shout of being on Team Canada but who now has my heckles raised and braced for another lockout. Players are being paid more than ever before, can they not sit still for 5 minutes without yet another lockout? [CSN]
- This puff piece on John Chayka only re-inforces my belief that the guy is clueless. The Yotes are playing worse than last season, and lost to us for heaven’s sake. [Guardian UK]
- And finally, in sad news, Marc Savard still wishes he was playing in the NHL. He’s 39, hasn’t played since the 2010-11 season, and is a living example of how the league failed in its duty to players with regards to head injuries. [The Score]
Question of the day: With Derek Dorsett’s injury last night, do you call up Jake Virtanen if Dorsett is scheduled to miss a month?