So the Canucks lost, and gave John Tortorella his 500th career win. I see the game as a point won rather than a point lost - look at the shot totals after 35mins, and you’re lucky to get out of a game with anything after that.
Some positives? Troy Stecher continues to make himself the #1 D on this team. Which isn’t all that difficult, but coming from the NCAA and becoming a critical player so quickly is a seriously impressive achievement.
Other positives include, but are not limited to: Bo and Baer picking up assists; Hansen scoring his first goal since returning from injury; Brandon Sutter putting up a goal in his 3rd straight game; and of course those beautiful twins each getting a point. Henrik moves to 990 for the career, just 10pts shy of the 1,000 mark.
And we got a point. Hurray!
Now, what else is happening around the league?
- After struggling to ice an NHL-calibre team all season, some good news: dark horse Anton Rodin will join the team after Christmas.
Rodin will play one more game in Utica (on Wednesday) and then be recalled by #Canucks. May be ready to debut after Xmas— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) December 18, 2016
- How Alex Burrows made us all eat our words. And hats, shorts and probably faeces too. [Province]
- Is this for real?
In the 2016 calendar year, the Canucks have been shut out 9 times without a shutout of their own.— Rob Vollman (@robvollmanNHL) December 19, 2016
- You’d have to have a sense of humor, backing up Cam Ward in Carolina.
Congrats on 500 Torts. Don't forget who got u 16 of those— Eddie Lack (@eddielack) December 18, 2016
- A small snippet in Bruce Garrioch’s latest piece: Willie’s not going anywhere, at least not until the team is healthy. That actually does sound fair. [Ottawa Sun]
- Henrik Lundqvist is just as good as Dominik Hasek. Not opinion, a stats-based fact: Lundqvist joined Hasek on 389 career wins last night. [NHL]
- If he could stay healthy, he’d break Brodeur’s records. But he’s Carey Price, so he won’t. In the meantime, he’s reached 250 wins rather quickly. [NHL]
- Looking at a potential Anaheim D-for-Leafs F trade. I’d hate to see the Leafs nab Vatanen of Lindholm. [Sportsnet]
- Mr Glass was a healthy scratch last night. Everyone said the Kings would regret signing him to that stupid contract.
Gaborik is a healthy scratch for the Kings today. That Darryl Sutter, always full of surprises...— Helene Elliott (@helenenothelen) December 18, 2016
- Poor Dan Boyle. Retired in the summer, and already consigned to the garbage cans of NHL history. His positions as highest-scoring D in both Tampa’s and San Jose’s history have been usurped, by Victor Hedman and Brent Burns. Boyle was a good D man, but those two are going to set proper franchise records. [The Score]
Question of the day: Where the hell does Anton Rodin fit on this team?