Stick in Link: Canucks can’t score; healthy scratch Booth

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  • It’s not quite HBO’s 24/7, but we’ll still get a behind-the-scenes look at the Canucks on “NHL Revealed”, which will air on CBC and Sportsnet. [The Province]
  • Iain Macintyre talks to the Canucks about their scoring drought and how to fix it. My solution? Scoring more. Have they tried that yet? [Vancouver Sun]
  • The Canucks are baffled by the lack of potlucks this year. I guess they used to get together more often for dinner? Oh no, wait, that’s “puck luck.” That makes more sense. [The Globe and Mail]
  • The Pucks on Net Podcast talks to Canucks top prospect Hunter Shinkaruk about dentistry, bugging Bo Horvat, Trevor Linden, and eventually wanting to see his own number in the rafters at Rogers Arena. [Pucks on Net]
  • Canucks Army ran a contest to invent a new statistic. @Sir_Earl took home top prize with his “Bieska” rating, which purports to quantify Don Cherry’s preference for certain players. Well done, sir. [Canucks Army]
  • Rob Williams thinks that Alex Burrows doesn’t deserve all the reputation calls he’s been getting. At least, not anymore. [Rob the Hockey Guy]
  • Canucks lost 4 games in a row? Not scoring enough? Time to panic and make a trade. [NW Sportsbeat]
  • David Booth won’t play his first ever game against his former team, the Florida Panthers, as he’ll be a healthy scratch. Meanwhile, Dale Weise returns and Tom Sestito will still be in the lineup. Booth had a couple thoughtful comments:

 

  • The Utica Comets have signed 27-year-old forward Cal O’Reilly out of the KHL. He was, at one point, a point-per-game player in the AHL and scored 41 points in 113 NHL games for the Nashville Predators, Phoenix Coyotes, and Pittsburgh Penguins. [Utica Comets]
  • Eddie Lack was mic’d up at Canucks practice. I love this kind of stuff.

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12 comments

  1. Brent
    November 19, 2013

    Man, even though Booth is sucking right now he is still light years better than Sestito! Figured he would put in a good game against his old team.

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    • madwag
      November 19, 2013

      agreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed! this scratch makes abstivtively posolutely no sense.

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      • madwag
        November 19, 2013

        absitively

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  2. Naturalmystic
    November 19, 2013

    Lack: Take the guy up there…I’ll take the back door….

    Uh…

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  3. akidd
    November 19, 2013

    booth’s out? sounds like a win’s coming tonight…..

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    • Daniel Wagner
      November 19, 2013

      Probably, but more likely because the Panthers are horrible than because Booth’s out of the lineup…

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      • akidd
        November 19, 2013

        i know, but our little stat does keep trending in that same direction it’s been going for the last year:) there’s something to it. next is a withorwithoutyou for ppg. booth’s linemates with and without him. what do you think?

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  4. Aaron
    November 19, 2013

    I cant figure out how they bench Booth over Sestito unless there is more going on like there a problem that causes him not to have that extra step, or a possible trade? I mean if Im a team havindgdefensive issues that has a lot of fire power Booth seems a good fit to me since his corsi is strong and he drives puck possesion. Any rumors out there guys??

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    • clutch fan
      November 19, 2013

      It is annoying all of the negative energy being focused on Sestito by the Canucks blogs, it is not his fault the Canucks are losing. He is not a great player, OK, got it, now please find something else to talk about.

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      • jimbob
        November 19, 2013

        Yes Sestito kinda sucks defensively, but the real problem is that as soon as the opposing team scores a goal while TS is on the ice (which happens with some regularity), Torts responds by benching the entire 4th line for the rest of the game. its kinda hard to win many hard-working games while using only 9 forwards.

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      • Naturalmystic
        November 19, 2013

        Sussudio is not the reason the Vancouver team is not scoring. His 30 seconds ice time per game is not what is causing their forwards to come up empty night after night. Bloggers have decided that Sussudio is their scapegoat(escape goat).

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        • Daniel Wagner
          November 19, 2013

          Sestito is certainly not a scapegoat and I agree he’s not the reason the Canucks are losing. He’s certainly not helping them win, however, so it’s baffling that he’s played every single game this season.

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