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- Twins do fly-bys past the Panthers bench. Singling out the unnamed player (assuming it was Thornton)
- Daniel gets squirted with a water bottle and Dorsett take exception and chirps the bench
- Montoya takes a swing at Dorsett and then Dorsett retaliates
- Canucks come in from centre ice to intervene
- Luongo still in full gear shoved his stick in Dorsett’s face and then later leaves the bench to stand next to Markstrom
- Prust caught at the Panther bench with no backup, until Hockey Wives co-star, Ryan Miller separates some Panthers away from Prust
- This went on for a good few minutes after the game ended
- Commentary from both broadcast crews had something to say, especially Florida’s Denis Potvin about the twins and mainly Daniel Sedin ( I will address this later on)
It’s the return of the Lack! Eddie’s back in town for the first time after his trade to Carolina back in August. Eddie Lack will be between the pipes for the Hurricanes tonight at Rogers Arena. Facing his old team for the first time this season, Lack is looking forward to the game and opportunity to play in familiar settings.
As Vancouver’s backup goaltender, Lack became some sort of an icon in these parts. His twitter posts, his great smile and his love for tacos have made Eddie Vancouver’s favourite goalie backup of all time and social media rock star.
Eddie Lack is a fantastic person. You see it with the way he interacts with everyone he comes into contact with, but the whole media/social media love affair with Eddie Lack didn’t get me enough to think he was good enough to steal the starting job from a proven NHL veteran goaltender in Ryan Miller last season, and from future HOF’er Roberto Luongo the season previous. Sorry, I don’t believe the hype.
Eddie had a good run, he is a fine tender, and one Melanson loved to have play the type game typical of a Rolly goalie, but I will take Jacob Markstrom and Ryan Miller over Eddie Lack any day. It’s not just because I am a Canucks fan first, but in my opinion, Markstrom has more potential to be a starter in the NHL eventually,and Miller has played better than his record indicates (defensive play is another story and another blog).
I like Eddlie Lack, he played well enough here that I didn’t want him out of here like I wanted other players in the past gone. I wish him a good career in the NHL, but now that he is no longer a Canuck, I won’t be going out and buying an Eddie Lack Hurricanes jersey any time soon. Tonight, I for one, hope the Vancouver Canucks pepper him with shots and pot a few pucks past Lack for a victory.
The evolution of Jannik Hansen has been a wonderful and steady progression. Picked in the 9th round of the 2004 NHL entry draft, many did not see a real future for Vancouver Canucks right winger. Early in his career, Hansen spent much time going back and forth between the Canucks then farm team, The Manitoba Moose. It wasn’t until the Canucks’ Stanley Cup run back in 2010/2011 did Hansen become a regular for the team, playing a 3rd or 4th line role with limited minutes.
Since then, Hansen has become the best utility guy for the Canucks playing anywhere he could contribute. He is on the penalty kill, he is sometimes on the power-play and he can float between a scoring line role to a shutdown line when needed. These days, that’s on the first line with Henrik and Daniel Sedin. This move has regulated Alex Burrows to the 3rd line, where Hansen used to be. Hansen been a great shot of Adrenalin for the twins who seem to having a renaissance year at 35 years of age. Hansen’s speed and crash and bang style of play has opened up the Sedins game and has his linemates in the top 15 in scoring in the NHL. Here is exactly what Hansen has been so good at this season…
How high is Jannik Hansen’s ceiling? Who knows, but it’s been great to see it unfold this season. I’m sure Hansen is feeling pretty good about his game as well. Hansen is a hard worker and has proved he belongs on the line with the Sedins. He’s won that Fred J. Hume Award twice as the Vancouver Canucks “Unsung Hero” in 2011 and 2013. But it’s getting more and more obvious as this season progresses, you can drop the “unsung” part. Hansen has stepped up as one of the leaders on this team but scoring goals and helping the Sedins score them too.
It sure beats Torts chastising him on the bench like this…
Or former teammate, Cory Schneider doing impersonations of his voice…
Hansen has embraced his new role this season as a 1st line RW. He’s learned to just play his game with the Sedins. In the past, Hansen would try to play too much of a finesse game when he was put on the 1st line and looked out of place doing so. These days, Hansen keeps his game simple and it has worked. Hansen has hit a career high of 16 goals twice in his NHL career. This year at the 37 game mark, the feisty right-winger has recorded 12 tallies. Barring injury and his trigger stick going cold for extended periods of time, Hansen is on pace for a career year. From the 9th round to the top line, it’s been quite the evolution of Jannik Hansen. I don’t know anyone, with the exception of my friend, @RichardLoat, who thought Hansen was going to stay in the NHL years after his Canucks debut.
The Vancouver Canucks have lost Henrik Sedin to injury, leaving them thin in the middle. Linden Vey has been called up from Utica to join the Canucks in Detroit tonight. Last night in Philadelphia, Henrik was hurt in the first period of the game and did not return. A lower body injury was the report. I have a suspicion this has been an on-going injury that was propelled to worse after that hit along the boards in the first of yesterday’s game.
Brandon Sutter has been out with an abdominal injury and went through a successful sports hernia surgery not long ago and is recovering. Sedin and Sutter the Canucks’ No.1 and No.2 centers. Henrik is top 10 in scoring in the NHL, his production with brother Daniel, has been most of the production for the Canucks overall. While Sutter’s 200 foot game has been surely missed, especially on the Canucks penalty kill.
Due to these injuries down the middle, Linden Vey has been called up from the Utica Comets to fill a gap. Jared McCann will be staying with the Canucks and not joining Jake Virtanen at the Hockey World Junior Championship. In the middle of a six game road trip, Hank’s injury couldn’t come at worse time. The Canucks have struggled on the road, having difficulties scoring. Henrik is listed as day to day and doubtful to play in Detroit.
The Canucks aren’t the only ones thinning up front, due to all the call-ups, the Comets are dressing 7 defencemen to fill their lineup.
Thin in the middle and flat on the back isn’t a good sign for the rest of the road trip for the Vancouver Canucks. Now sporting a three game losing skid and getting closer to the basement of the Western Conference, the Canucks are looking closer to high draft pick than lower playoff seed.