One week ago, Evgeni Malkin had 28 points and was one of the better options in his category. Then he proceeded to score 8 points in 3 games, is now fourth in league scoring, and sits right between Steven Stamkos and Daniel Sedin in the “Art Ross Candidates” category. Those hats on the ice in the picture above? Bad news for his anti-fantasy owners.
Meanwhile, Alex Ovechkin still has only 22 points; who expected him to be the number one option in that category?Continue Reading —›
There wasn’t much to complain about when the final horn sounded in Vancouver’s satisfying 5-3 road win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night. It what turned out to be among the most exciting games of the year, the Canucks scored five times, Alex Burrows established himself as more than just a third-liner with good linemates, Mason Raymond continued his strong play since returning from back injury, Roberto Luongo played incredibly, and Jannik Hansen posterized Dion Phaneuf.
And yet, amidst all this, a severe injustice was done: on the Jannik Hansen solo dash, an unassisted tally according to the scoresheet, Roberto Luongo was absolutely robbed of an assist.Continue Reading —›
Some of you may have noticed that information on the Chicago Wolves is a little harder to come by than information about the Manitoba Moose. I suspect it may be because no one seems to cover the Wolves.
Frankly, why would anyone in Chicago want to? They’re a AHL team in the same city as an NHL team, and worse, they’re the affiliate of the NHL team’s greatest natural rival. It’d be like a gazelle doing a story on the lion cubs learning to hunt him.
But if it’s Wolves info you’re after, don’t lament the missing middle man — just check it out yourself. The Wolves host the Abbotsford Heat on Thursday, December 22nd, and the game will be locally televised.Continue Reading —›
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love a good amateur pump-up video. It’s a simple concept, really: splice together a bunch of Canuck highlights, set them to music, and away you go. But there’s an art to it, and there are few in Canuck nation that make that more explicit than Bhavin Solanki.
Solanki is the mastermind behind one of my personal favourite pump-up videos, the Ryan Kesler tribute, “Cinderella Man”. It’s an epic and quite nearly perfect showcase of the Canucks’ centre in all his scowling, skilful, surly wonder. You should watch it. The kid knows how to edit a video.
And now Solanki has made another great one, this time for Roberto Luongo. Check out “I Will”, which, in just over a minute, could reasonably remind some of you that the Canucks number one netminder isn’t so bad after all.Continue Reading —›