The PITB Podcast, Episode 7: First Loss and Jump Scares

Tragedy! The Canucks lost their first game of the season on the weekend, which means everything is awful, right? Actually, Daniel and Harrison are still feeling pretty positive about the team, even after the loss to the Lightning.

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New Van Fan, Season 3: The Labyrinth

With a new Canucks season underway, that means it’s time a new season of New Van Fan, though it should be noted that Andreas, the titular new Canucks fan, has now been through the highs and lows of two full Canucks seasons. In his first season as a Canucks fan, they won the Northwest Division and got swept in the first round of the playoffs. In his second, the team fell apart at the seams thanks to a coach that didn’t fit, leading to said coach and the GM getting fired.

Basically, Andreas has experienced the full range of Canucks fandom and has, perhaps, graduated from being a new Canucks fan to, say, a sophomore Canucks fan. Amateur Canucks fan? Dilettante Canucks fan?

After such a disastrous year for the Canucks, it looks like New Van Fan is undergoing a reboot of sorts. The first episode is darker, grittier, and more psychologically tense than past episodes.

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Spitballin on Bo Horvat’s convenient injury, zone starts, and a John Travolta cameo

Spitballin’ (or Super Pass It To Bulis: All In, if you love adventurous acronymizing) is a feature that allows us to touch on a multitude of things really fast, because in the world of hockey, there are always lots of things to find and colour. Here are a few quick topics.

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I Watched This Game: Canucks 2, Lightning 4

You had to know the Canucks were going to lose eventually. By the time the puck dropped on their Saturday night date with the Tampa Bay Lightning, every other team in the NHL had.

That’s right. Every other team, as the Canucks were the last club to lose a game in the NHL this season, which means they win the Governor’s Trophy. Congratulations to our boys in blue and green! Sure, they lost tonight, but even though the Lightning took their unbeaten record away from them, they’ll never be able to take away the Canucks’ unbeaten record through three games. And that’s special. Proudly, I watched this game.

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The Paper Feature: Canucks must hunt for October in the red

Expectations were low in Canuck-land heading into this season. With last year’s clustercuss of a season and all the off and on-ice upheaval in the summer, even suggesting that the Canucks might make the playoffs seemed crazily optimistic.

That seemed safest, really: the lower the expectations, the less likely you’ll be disappointed. That’s why I threw out all my sons’ “Future Rock Star” shirts and made them custom “Future Street Musician” onesies.

The Canucks, however, seem intent on raising expectations with their early performance. The Sedins look like their old selves, which is to say, they look like their young selves. The power play appears rejuvenated with the addition of Radim Vrbata and Linden Vey. Alex Burrows scored on his first shot this season instead of having his foot broken by the first shot he blocked. It’s hard not to be excited.

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Game of the Week: Canucks vs Lightning, October 18th

Incredibly, this time around, we have opponents to choose from that aren’t the Flames and the Oilers. You’ll excuse me while I just bask in the selections, and how not-Alberta they are. What a wonderful time to be alive. (Granted, that means these games are going to be harder to win, but after a month [...]

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I Watched This Game: Canucks 2, Oilers 0

This was a lose/lose situation for the Canucks. They came into Edmonton to face a team that had yet to record a win this season, was averaging more than 5 goals against per game, and was essentially falling apart at the seams. Failing to defeat this sad-sack Oilers team would be disastrous, but beating them would prove nothing.

At the same time, losing was a very real possibility. The Canucks were stale after a six-day break, while the Oilers were like a hungry dog that would devour anything, no matter how stale. The Oilers are already desperate and desperate teams are dangerous. Some fans were upset that the Canucks needed overtime to beat the Oilers on Saturday; imagine if the Canucks actually lost.

Fortunately, in this lose/lose situation, the Canucks lost, but didn’t literally lose. Instead, they won. I watched them win/lose when I watched this game.

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Canucks prototype jersey shows up on eBay, reveals a dodged bullet

It would be an understatement to say the Canucks have had a troubled jersey history. The franchise has completely changed jersey colours multiple times, have had four different logos — although calling the Flying-V a logo is a stretch — and no one seems to agree on what the best jersey would be.

Some fans want a return of Johnny Canucks as the primary logo, harkening back to the team’s pre-NHL days. Others want to see the skate logo, aka. the spaghetti plate, come back thanks to their nostalgia for the early 90′s. Some like the current colours, but want to get rid of the “VANCOUVER” arced across the top of the orca logo. Some want to keep the colours, but use the alternate third jersey that uses the stick-in-rink logo as the primary jersey.

Heck, I still like the Flying-V jerseys, though sometimes I feel like I’m the only one.

That said, I think we can all agree that we and the Canucks dodged a massive bullet, since they didn’t go with the prototype jersey that popped up in a recent eBay auction.

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Real good tweets, starring a wise and knowing @Shazmodius

You folks made some good tweets last week. Some real good tweets.

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Canucks’ sellout streak ends when no one shows up for secret Friday afternoon home game

The Canucks opened the 2014-15 season with back-to-back victories, and with another go at the Oilers on Friday, have a chance to go to 3-0 for the first time in 15 years. Nevermind that it’s probably also been that long since they’ve been blessed with an opening trio of games against last year’s two worst teams — it’s still exciting, and after last season, refreshing. Spirits are high.

Which means it’s a good time to drop some bad news on the people. They can handle it. And to that end, bad news, folks: the sellout streak, hockey’s longest, and one of the longest in professional sports, is over. Here’s the full letter, courtesy Canucks CEO Victor De Bonis.

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