Welcome to this week’s edition of Player of the Week. Ryan Miller gets the nomination this week, which is tricky because he played in only one of two Canucks games since last week’s POTW.
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The Canucks haven’t started a season 3-0 since 1999. They haven’t not sold out Rogers Arena since 2002. Both streaks ended on Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Jocelyn Aspa recaps the game in your tweets.
I’ve always appreciated a good haiku. Maybe it’s because I’m half-Japanese (Imoo – pronounced “E-mo” and not “I-moo” – is a Japanese name). Or perhaps it’s because it’s a relatively easy poem to write with its simple structure of 17 syllables broken into lines of 5 syllables, 7 syllables, and 5 syllables. Regardless, the haiku has always resonated with me.
There were a lot of things that changed from the last week of the 2013-2014 NHL season to the first week of the 2014-2015 season. And there was a lot that didn’t. Here’s a before-and-after breakdown in pictures.
The Canucks are only two games into the 2014-15 NHL season, and newcomer Radim Vrbata’s presence has been huge already. Vrbata scored the game winner in a 4-2 tilt against the Calgary Flames on Oct. 8th and notched another goal and an assist three nights later against the Edmonton Oilers on home ice.
After two games, the Vancouver Canucks are still undefeated (haha) and are sitting atop the Pacific Division. For this special Thanksgiving edition of the C4 podcast (our 27th episode), Clay is joined by Patrick Johnston of the Vancouver Province to talk about the Canucks’ good start.
The Canucks host the Edmonton Oilers in their home opener and come away with thrilling, come from behind 5-4 shootout win. We recap the game in your tweets.
In his first forays with the Sedins, Radim Vrbata has looked very comfortable playing with the twins. Like extremely comfortable. As if he was a third Sedin brother. They seem to have a natural chemistry on the ice. And there is nothing wrong with adding a shooter to a line that has Henrik as its centre.
The NHL is back, and so is #TGATT. The Canucks start their season on the road in Calgary with a new coach, a revamped roster and some renewed optimism.
For the start of the Vancouver Canucks’ 2014-2015 NHL season, I wrote a song about likely their strongest position on the team: the goaltenders. I’ve written songs about Canucks goalies in the past, including End of the Road (We Thank You, Lu) and Against All Odds (Luongo’s Lament) so I thought I would continue the tradition.