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Last Week on The Quickie: Sad Sens & Goalie Controversies

I rehash my visit to see the sad-sack Sens and cross my fingers for another goalie debate in Vancouver

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at New York Rangers
Oct 20, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom (25) defends his net against the New York Rangers during the second period at Madison Square Garden.
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The podcast game on Nucks Misconduct is strong so far in this young season.

We have three different shows coming your way every week throughout the season. Silky N’ Filthy continues to drop every Thursday, while you can find episodes of Sippin’ on a 40 and The Quickie throughout the week.

This is the first post looking back on the week that was on “The Quickie.” You can usually expect five episodes to drop every week. Look for it in the A.M. Monday through Friday.

That being said, I was slacking last week after an extra-long weekend in the Nation’s Capital, so there were just three episodes to recap. Did I say consistency was a thing?

If you haven’t listened in yet, what are you waiting for? With episodes no longer than five minutes, we’re dubbing it “The fastest hockey show in the world.”

Fans Aren’t Showing up in Ottawa

Through four home games so far this season, the Ottawa Senators are averaging just 11,715 fans per game. That’s second lowest in the league behind the New York Islanders, but their 61.2% attendance is easily the lowest mark in the league.

I know the Senators are a terrible hockey team, but that’s a low total for a Canadian city. Even during the Canucks worst season recently in 2016-17, they had 97.9% attendance.

The arena location, the fickle owner and the bad hockey team have all contributed to this mess, but this will be a story to watch throughout the year.


Are the Anaheim Ducks this year’s Islanders?

Every year it seems like a surprise team makes the playoffs. While many in this market hope that team is the Vancouver Canucks, could it actually be the Anaheim Ducks?

Now, I’m not locking in the Ducks to make the playoffs anytime soon. What I am saying though is that they’re playing a style of hockey very similar to last year’s Islanders.

The Ducks have allowed just 16 goals in 9 games thanks to John Gibson and Ryan Miller’s combined .939 save percentage (second-best in the league). The problem is that they still have trouble scoring. However, if you allow less than two goals per game, chances are that you’re going to win the majority of those contests.


I miss goalie controversies in Vancouver

I posted this episode after Thatcher Demko shut the door against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night. Since then, both Demko and Jacob Markstrom turned in solid performances over the weekend against the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers.

Low and behold, sports radio in Vancouver on Monday morning was talking about the goaltending in Vancouver, and how it should be split going forward.

I stand by my take: I hope we do get another goaltending controversy in this city, because that likely means we have two guys who deserve to be number ones. So far, both Demko and Markstrom look like number ones, something that will be needed if this team is going to make the playoffs.