Stick in Link: A little more of Jannik Hansen; goaltending decisions for Sochi

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  • Joacim Eriksson’s call up to the NHL was a welcome piece of good news for his mother, who is currently battling cancer in Sweden. [The Province]
  • After Jannik Hansen’s goal against the Flames, John Tortorella demanded more: “It’s not just going to be for one game. I need him to be doing that every game.” Hansen replied with his second goal in as many games. After Monday’s game, Tortorella was heard shouting to the sky, “I also need 100 million dollars and a pony! Oh, and peace on earth!” [Vancouver Sun]
  • The fourth line had a legitimately effective game against Philadelphia, out-shooting and generally hemming the Flyers’ fourth line in their own zone. Tom Sestito score the goal against his former team, which grabs him the headlines, but Zac Dalpe is quietly becoming an effective depth centre. [The Province]
  • According to his shot quality analysis of goaltenders, Chris Boyle doesn’t think Roberto Luongo should be going to Sochi as part of Team Canada, though I find it troubling that a decent chunk of his sample size is from the lockout-shortened and tumultuous 2012-13 season, when Luongo was dealing with the drama of losing his starting job to Cory Schneider and constant trade rumours. I like Boyle’s work at developing advanced statistics for goaltenders, but I think he sells Luongo short here. [Sportsnet]
  • Speaking of Sochi, it has been reported via Helene St. James that Team USA will take Ryan Miller, Jonathan Quick and Jimmy Howard to the Olympics, leaving Cory Schneider behind. Of note: Schneider’s save percentage this season is .914. Howard’s save percentage is .906. Quick’s is .905 and he hasn’t played in over a month. Team USA is making a bad choice, is what I’m saying. [TSN]
  • Derek Jory chronicles the many Canucks-related Christmas presents people received. I love the John Tortorella “Next Question” t-shirt at the end, bringing to mind this classic video from the 2012 playoffs. [Canucks]

  • With Frank Corrado getting the call for Monday’s game, Dimitri Filipovic has some charts explaining how he’s been doing in Utica. [Canucks Army]
  • Alexandre Grenier is the Comet of the Week for the fourth time this season after four points in two games. He now has 19 points in 29 games in Utica. [Canucks]
  • Despite not picking up a point, Bo Horvat played very well for Team Canada in their win over Slovakia and drew the penalty that led to the game-winning goal. [Canucks]
  • Frank Corrado introduces us to one of his first coaches, “Uncle Lou”, and talks to some young hockey players, all while only wearing one sleeve of his jacket. [CanucksTV]

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2 comments

  1. shoes
    December 31, 2013

    Chris Boyles stats clearly show Reimer to be the front runner for Sochi. And that would bode well for team Canada in 2018 because Reimer would know how to lose in the Olympics and have 4 cup rings to show in between as the stats clearly show is going to happen. (kidding)

    The Olympic stage is not a proving ground or a learning experience unless you have no choice. Luongo is still the front runner by experience, but I hope Price who is playing the best gets the nod and Luongo comes in to save the day and win the gold without playing the early games, again. Reimer will not be on the team, nor should he.

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  2. j21
    January 1, 2014

    Joacim, not Jonathan.

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