Delia Xenophontos

Feb 012014

Hey, look, Torts, Statler and Waldorf were at the game!
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Some highlights – sure, let’s call them that – about the Canucks’ 4-3 lost to the Winnipeg Jets last night.

  • Dear the guy who brought the giant Torts cut-out – that’s so much awesome.
  • Devin Setoguchi snapped his scoring drought, scoring twice, including the game-winner with just 2:56 remaining in regulation. Prior to his first goal, just 6 minutes into the game, he had gone scoreless in 7 games, and only had 1 goal in his last 26 games. There has to be a stat out there on slump buster teams – or teams likely to allow players to bust out of lengthy scoring droughts. Or first career goals. The Canucks must be at or near the top of this list.
  • The Jets scored back-to-back goals within 65 seconds in the first to give them an early 2-0 lead. Recently, it seems the Canucks have allowed a lot of goals and allowed them in bunches. Against the Blackhawks on Wednesday, they allowed 3 goals in 4:17 minutes and 4 goals in 7:41 minutes. In that 9-1 disaster against the Ducks, they allowed 2 goals in 2:02 and another 2 goals in 55 seconds after that. Earlier in January against the Penguins, they allowed 2 goals in 16 seconds with barely a minute left in the game and a 2-goal lead; the Pens of course came back and won that game in the shootout. How fragile are these guys right now?
  • Ryan Kesler was a bright spot. He scored in the second period to tie up the game momentarily, and added a couple assists on the other Canucks goals. More #beastmode Kes please.
  • Kesler, after the game, “We need to find a way to win, this is getting old. We don’t want to lose.” Well, no shit.
  • Hey guys, did you know Alex Burrows hasn’t scored a goal yet this season?
  • Torts will be back behind the bench on Monday when the Canucks face the Detroit Red Wings. Welcome back, coach. We missed you.
Jan 272014


Vancouver Canucks (27-17-9)
Edmonton Oilers (16-32-6)

For the fourth time this season, and the second time in just six days, the Vancouver Canucks take on the Edmonton Oilers. The Canucks won all three previous games (6-2, 4-0 and most recently, 2-1).

After Sunday’s 5-4 overtime win for the Canucks, they’re looking to keep the momentum going and start a new winning steak. However, the Oilers are looking to start a new winning streak of their own. On Sunday, the Oilers ended a six-game winless streak as they beat the Nashville Predators 5-1.

Who’s Hot

As we all know, the Vancouver Canucks have experienced trouble scoring goals lately, but they sure didn’t have any problem on Sunday.

Kevin Bieksa scored twice, including the game winner in overtime, to lift the Canucks to a 5-4 victory over the Coyotes.

Chris Higgins helped lift the Canucks to a 5-4 victory with one goal and two assist. He now has two goals and two assist in the past two games.

For the Oilers, Jordan Eberle extended his point streak to five games on Sunday (four goals, two assist).

Who’s Out

Henrik Sedin (ribs) is still day-to-day. Forward Mike Santorelli (shoulder) and defenseman Andrew Alberts (concussion) are on injured reserve. Jordan Schroeder, who has missed most of the season with an ankle injury, will not play tonight, but did start his conditioning assignment with the Utica Comets.

The Oilers are likely without defensemen Philip Larsen (illness) Andrew Ference (upper body), along with forward Ales Hemsky (ankle).

Jan 232014


Vancouver Canucks (26-16-9)
Nashville Predators (22-22-7)

Only 5 NHL teams have scored less goals than the Nashville Predators so far this season. So of course they shored up their defense; yesterday, the Preds traded defenseman Kevin Kline to the New York Rangers for defenseman Michael del Zotto.

del Zotto is regarded as an offensive defenseman. He posted 9 goals and 37 points in his rookie season and set career-highs of 10 goals and 41 points a couple of years later. However, his production has slipped since and he has just 2 goals and 11 points in 42 games this season. He joins what is already a formidable defense core in Nashville with Shea Weber, Roman Josi and Seth Jones.

Now, if only they can put the puck in the net.

The Canucks aren’t without their own problems on offense. They’ve only scored 7 goals in their last 6 games, and when you think about it, it’s actually quite amazing they won 3 of those games, including their last 2 games against the Alberta teams. Some people will have you believe that Luongo is the worst goaltender on the planet, but quite simply, the Canucks don’t win against the Calgary Flames on Saturday and Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday without Luongo’s 0.952 save % in those games.

This is the second of three meetings between the Canucks and Predators. The Canucks have won four straight against the Preds dating back to February 22nd last year, including their most recent meeting on December 3rd. Ryan Kesler played Superman that game, as he seems to always do against the Preds, scoring a pair of third period goals to carry the Canucks to a 3-1 win.

Who’s Hot

The Preds’ Roman Josi has 6 points (2 goals and 4 assists) in his last 4 games.

Who’s Out

Henrik Sedin (ribs) still remains day-to-day. Mike Santorelli, Andrew Alberts, Ryan Stanton and Jordan Schroeder are all out. Schroeder, though, will play for the Utica Comets this weekend on a conditioning assignment.

Jan 212014


Vancouver Canucks (25-16-9)
Edmonton Oilers (15-30-6)

This is the third of five games between the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers, the Canucks won the first two games (4-0 and 6-2). Roberto Luongo has stopped 40 of Edmonton’s 42 shots.

After snapping a 3-game losing streak on Saturday night with a rambunctious 3-2 shootout win over the Calgary Flames, the Canucks look to stay on the winning track tonight against the Edmonton Oilers. They’ll try to do this without coach John Tortorella, who was suspended by the NHL for 15 days after trying to get to Flames coach, Bob Hartley, in the Flames’ dressing room during the first intermission last Saturday. They’ll also try to push through without captain Henrik Sedin, who was the league’s Ironman and had played 679 consecutive games, but will miss tonight’s game with a suspected rib injury. Hank, who is officially listed as day-to-day, hasn’t missed a game since missing 4 games during the 2003-2004 season.

The Oilers are currently on a 4-game losing streak. They’ve lost 9 of their last 11 games and have allowed 45 goals against during that span. Sitting in 29th place in the NHL, they’re 3 points ahead of the last place Buffalo Sabres but have played 4 more games.

Who’s Hot

For the Canucks, Ryan Kesler got both a goal and an assist in the Canucks win against the Flames on Saturday.

For the Oilers, Jordan Eberle has goals in consecutive games.

Who’s Out

Besides Torts and Hank, the Canucks will be without Mike Santorelli, Ryan Stanton, Andrew Alberts and Jordan Schroeder.

For the Oilers, Nail Yakupov missed the previous game and Ales Hemsky has missed the past two. Philip Larsen and Corey Potter are also out.

Jan 162014

Just like their recent play, Daniel Sedin struggles in front of the Coyotes net.

Vancouver Canucks (24-15-9)
Phoenix Coyotes (21-16-9)

After last night’s embarrassing 9-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, the Canucks are hoping to redeem themselves tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes. You’ve all heard the narrative by now that January hasn’t been kind to the Canucks. And with a single win in January – and a 1-4-3 record in their last 8 games – you wouldn’t hear many Canucks fans arguing against it.

However, despite their struggles, the Canucks still hold one of two wild card spots in the Western Conference. They currently occupy 7th place in the conference, 6 points up on tonight’s opponents, the Coyotes, and with 2 games in hand. Part of the reason the Canucks have managed to stay up on the Coyotes is that the ‘Yotes themselves have struggled recently. Phoenix has lost 4 consecutive games and have a 2-6-3 record in their last 11 games.

This is the third of five meetings between the Canucks and Coyotes. They split their first two meetings of the season, with the Canucks winning the more recent match-up on December 6th.

Who’s Hot

Having scored a grand total of one goal in their last 2 games, I’m not sure if any Canucks qualify as being hot. Though, Zach Kassian did score again last night, his 2nd goal in 4 games, and he now has a career-high 9 goals this season.

Like the Canucks, the Coyotes are struggling on the scoresheet. Coyotes defensemen Oliver Ekman-Larsson, after going goal-less for 23 games, has scored in back-to-back games – his team’s only goals in their last two games.

Who’s Out

Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo still remains day-to-day. Forwards Alex Burrows (broken jaw) and Jordan Schroeder (ankle), and defenseman Andrew Alberts (concussion) and Ryan Stanton (ankle) are on injured reserve.

Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek (lower body), who hasn’t played since December 17th, is still out and there is no timeline for his return.

Jan 142014
TGATT - The Game According to Twitter

To call last night’s 1-0 loss by the Canucks to the Los Angeles Kings a wild affair may be an understatement.

With Dustin Brown’s ninja kick to Roberto Luongo’s head still fresh in their minds, the Canucks went after him. First, Zack Kassian did just 9 seconds into the game. Then, Ryan Kesler dropped the gloves against 6 seconds into the second period.

As usual, Jordan Nolan was being a rat, charging at a Sedin again, like he did the last time these two teams met. On the very next shift, Tom Sestito had enough and took matters into his own hands. Nolan turtled, and the refs threw Testito out of the game.

Dale Weise slewfooted Drew Doughty. Kevin Bieksa tried to make life miserable for Jonathan Quick. Matt Greene tried to make him pay for it. There were scrums at practically every whistle, and by the end of it, the the two teams combined for 109 minutes.

And one goal. By Dustin Brown, of course, who scored 24 seconds into the third period. The only goal the Kings would need to beat the Canucks for the fourth time in four games this season.

Read more #TGATT goodness past the jump.

Jan 132014

The Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks fight for third place in the Pacific Division.

Vancouver Canucks (24-13-9)
Los Angeles Kings (3-6-1)

If the Canucks were hoping for a quick re-do of their horrendous trip to SoCal the other weekend – a weekend in which they lost both games to the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings and outshot by a 98-48 margin – well, they get their wish. This week, the Canucks will embark on a 3 games in 4 nights road trip, starting in Los Angeles tonight and Anaheim tomorrow, before finishing up in the desert in Phoenix on Thursday.

The Kings are 3-0-0 against the Canucks this season. But if there’s a silver lining of sorts here, the Canucks are still within striking distance, and in fact, a win tonight will see them leapfrog the Kings and take over third place in the Pacific Division.

The Canucks are getting healthier too with Alex Edler is back in the lineup tonight. Also, while Eddie Lack is again getting the start, Roberto Luongo is traveling with the team, a sure sign he is close to returning. Up front, Alex Burrows is expected back on Saturday when they play the Calgary Flames back at Rogers Arena.

Who’s Hot

For the Canucks, Henrik Sedin has 5 assists in his last 4 games, Daniel Sedin has 4 assists in his last 4 games, and Chris Higgins has 3 points (1 goal and 2 assists) in his last 4 games.

For the Kings, Mike Richards has points in consecutive games, Anze Kopitar has 3 assists in his last 4 games, and Jeff Carter has 4 points (3 goals and 1 assist) in his last 4 games.

Who’s Not

Ryan Kesler only has 3 points (2 goals and 1 assist) in his last 11 games.

Jan 072014


Vancouver Canucks (23-13-8)

Pittsburgh Penguins (31-12-1)

By giving up the game-winning goal with 0.6 1.3 seconds left in OT to the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday, the Vancouver Canucks extended their winless streak to 4 games. And it doesn’t get any easier tonight as they face the Pittsburgh Penguins, who lead the NHL’s Metropolitan Division by 17 – yes, 17 – points and have won 15 of their last 18 games.

Oh yeah, and the Penguins just got Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang back from injury.

Tonight’s game marks the first of the Canucks short, two-game home stand before going back on the road for 4 of their 5 games. It is the second and final regular season meeting between the Canucks and Penguins. The Penguins won the first their first meeting in Pittsburgh in the shootout by a 4-3 score.

Who’s Hot

Daniel Sedin assisted on all 3 Canucks goals against the Ducks, and now has 6 points (1 goal, 5 assists) in his last 5 games.

Ryan Kesler has scored a powerplay goals in each of the last 2 games.

Unsurprising given their record, a few Penguins are on hot streaks right now. James Neal has 12 points (6 goals, 6 assists) in his last 5 games. Sidney Crosby is on a 5-game point streak with and has 9 points (3 goals, 6 assists) in that span. Malkin, who has been out since December 14th, scored twice and added an assist in his first game back on Sunday against the Jets.

Who’s Out

Injuries and injuries and injuries for both teams.

Luongo (ankle) remains day-to-day for the Vancouver Canucks along with forwards Chris Higgins (flu-like symptoms) and Zack Kassian, who got injured on Sunday against the Ducks when Tom Sestito accidentally got his skate up to his face. Defensemen Andrew Alberts (concussion), Alex Edler (lower body) and Ryan Stanton (ankle), and forwards Jordan Schroeder (ankle) and Alex Burrows (jaw) are on injured reserve.

For the Penguins, Chuck Kobasew (lower body) is day-to-day for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Goalie Tomas Vokoun (blood clot), defenseman Paul Martin (leg), and forwards Beau Bennett (wrist), Andrew Ebbett (ankle), Jayson Megna (lower body), Pascal Dupuis (knee) and Chris Conner (hand) are on injured reserve

Jan 062014


The Vancouver Canucks will host their second annual Hockey Talks day tomorrow on January 7th, 2014.

Canucks Hockey Talks day is a collective effort with each of the Canadian NHL clubs. The Vancouver Canucks along with the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets will each dedicate one of their home game nights in January to raising awareness and addressing the stigma associated with mental illness. The ultimate goal of Hockey Talks is to encourage a nation-wide conversation about mental health, try to stop the stigma wrongly associated with mental illness, provide information to fans suffering from a mental illness and connect those in need with support.

Hockey Talks Game Nights

  • Pittsburgh Penguins at Vancouver Canucks January 7th, 2014
  • Vancouver Canucks at Edmonton Oilers January 21st, 2014
  • Nashville Predators at Calgary Flames January 24th, 2014
  • Carolina Hurricanes at Montreal Canadiens January 28th, 2014
  • Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs January 28th, 2014
  • Nashville Predators at Winnipeg Jets January 28th, 2014
  • Tampa Bay Lightning at Ottawa Senators January 30th, 2014

Facts and Figures

  • Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend of colleague.
  • 20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime.
  • Suicide accounts for 24% of all deaths among 15-24 year olds and 16% among 25-44 year olds.
  • Out of all mental illnesses, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate.
  • Stigma or discrimination attached to mental illnesses presents a serious barrier, not only to diagnosis and treatment but also to acceptance in the community.
  • When injured, hockey players ask and get help. Mental health should be no different. Asking for help is vital.

The Vancouver Canucks continue to stand behind the fight against mental illness, and so should you.

Jan 052014


Vancouver Canucks (23-13-7)

Anaheim Ducks (30-8-5)

The Vancouver Canucks are hoping for a better outcome tonight as they return to the Honda Centre for the second time this season. In their first visit back on November 10th, they lost 3-1. Unfortunately, that won’t be easy. The Ducks are the NHL’s best home team and haven’t lost in regulation in 18 games on home ice this season. They’re 16-0-2, including 6 consecutive wins in which they’ve outscored the opposition 24-12. Overall, they’ve won 11 of their last 12 games, and with 65 points, they lead the Pacific Division by 7 points and the Canucks by 12 points.

Who’s Hot

Daniel Sedin got the assist on the Canucks’ lone goal on Saturday night against the Kings. He has 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) in his last 3 games.

Andrew Cogliano, who signed a 4-year/$12 million contract extension on Saturday, has 4 goals and 5 points in his last 5 games.

Who’s Out

Nothing new on the Canucks’ side of things. Alex Burrows (jaw), Jordan Schroeder, Ryan Stanton (ankle), Alexander Edler (knee) and Andrew Alberts (upper body) are all still on the mend.

The Anaheim Ducks are without goaltender Viktor Fasth (lower body), and defensemen Luca Sbisa (hand) and Sheldon Souray (wrist).

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