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Canucks Review and Preview: January 23 to January 29, 2012 0

Canucks Review and Preview: January 23 to January 29, 2012

[Every week, Caylie King reviews the Canucks week that was and previews the Canucks week ahead.  You can follow Caylie on Twitter (@cayking).] Last week, the Canucks split its two games. On Tuesday, the Canucks lost to the Kings in a shootout. Luongo had a huge game stopping 39 of 41 shots and was the huge factor in stealing the team one point. On the other hand, Saturday’s early matinee game, against the Sharks, was the best performance from the Canucks since beating the Boston Bruins two weeks ago in another early Saturday game. The team put together a solid...

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Out of Town Notebook: The Real NHL Western Conference Standings Revisited 2

Out of Town Notebook: The Real NHL Western Conference Standings Revisited

At the end of the 20-game mark, I took a look at the “real” NHL standings in the East and West. Now that every team has played their 40th game, it’s time to even the playing field once again and see what’s really been going on in the NHL. Last time, I made special mention of a team’s special teams, goals for and goals against performance for the season. This time, to learn a bit more about an individual team’s strengths and weaknesses, each squad was ranked in six categories*: Goals for (GF) and shots-for (SHF) were chosen to evaluate...

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Out of Town Notebook: Why Things Are Looking Up in Columbus 0

Out of Town Notebook: Why Things Are Looking Up in Columbus

If someone you know is in a car crash, the first thing you want to know is how badly hurt they are. The 2011-12 season of the Columbus Blue Jackets has been an epic car crash. But in the grand scheme of things, they’re not too badly hurt. Why? Just like someone struggling with addiction, sometimes you have to hit rock bottom to start your way back to the top. For the Blue Jackets, this year has been rock bottom – and the path to the top is pretty clear. Here’s why the future isn’t all that dark in Columbus:...

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Out of Town Notebook: 5 New Year’s Resolutions for the NHL 0

Out of Town Notebook: 5 New Year’s Resolutions for the NHL

In the spirit of the New Year, here are five resolutions the NHL should make for 2012: 1. Abandon the “game is too fast” narrative As the NHL concussion issue has grown, so too has the argument that the game is currently too fast. According to Ex-NHL’ers (most recently Eric Lindros) and several general managers (Carolina’s Jim Rutherford is the most vocal at the moment), putting the red line back in would slow the game down and reduce the number of concussions taking place on ice. This, naturally, is complete poppycock and a classic case of conservative, backward NHL thinking....

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Out of Town Notebook: Concussions, Kings and Darryl Sutter 2

Out of Town Notebook: Concussions, Kings and Darryl Sutter

Things that make one wonder on a Tuesday:  The Kings are in Trouble  Has Dean Lombardi lost his mind?  According to reports, the Los Angeles Kings are looking at Darryl Sutter as their next coach.  Because the Lombardi-Sutter connection won championships in San Jose, right?  Look, it’s not like the problem with the Kings isn’t well-known. They aren’t scoring enough goals (last in the league). Their point-producers, outside of Anze Kopitar, are all under-performing.  How Sutter – a notorious “defense-first, -second and –third” coach – could be seen as the right person to create scoring is a mystery.    Not...

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Out of Town Notebook: Boogaard, Fisticuffs and NHL Realignment 0

Out of Town Notebook: Boogaard, Fisticuffs and NHL Realignment

Some quick thoughts on two issues dominating NHL talk right now: Derek Boogaard and Fighting in the NHL For anyone who’s been living under a rock, here’s the original New York Times story about the study of Derek Boogaard’s brain. The results of the study shouldn’t surprise anyone. If you’re a fighter, and you get punched in the head a lot, it’s logical the impact of these blows will have an effect on your brain and brain function. The larger issue here is that, as scientists continue to show conclusive evidence that hockey fights endanger the health of those involved,...

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Out of Town Notebook: Is Victor Hedman the New Eric Brewer? 0

Out of Town Notebook: Is Victor Hedman the New Eric Brewer?

When the Tampa Bay Lightning signed Victor Hedman to a 5-year, $20 million deal earlier in the week, there weren’t too many people complaining. The online community, particularly Tampa Bay fans, applauded Steve Yzerman for keeping Hedman’s cost relatively low. According to the consensus, $4 million a year for 5 years is a great price for an improving, future franchise defenseman. There’s no question Hedman is an improving player, particularly on the defensive side of the game. But franchise cornerstone? Someone who dominates at both ends of the ice? I’m not so sure Hedman has that in him. I decided...

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Out of Town Notebook: The Real Western Conference Quarter Pole Standings 0

Out of Town Notebook: The Real Western Conference Quarter Pole Standings

NHL standings are a lie. Well, for the most part they’re a lie. You see, there are only two days in the schedule where all 30 teams will have played the same number of a games: the first day of the regular season and the last day of the regular season. In between these two days, 30 different NHL team schedules create standings that reward or punish teams that have played more or fewer games than their opponents. Now as usual around these parts, you’re probably wondering why this is relevant. Well, the week of U.S. Thanksgiving is usually the...

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