The Begrudging Recap: “Numbers Game” Canucks 3 Oilers 2

To be brutally honest, I’ve had a hard time writing blogs lately. Every single time I’ve wanted to type up a Canucks related blog, I draw a blank and leave the entry unfinished or I would delete it completely. During the month of October, I am pretty much a 4-5 days a week high school volleyball coach after work hours, so my time is also limited, which cuts into my “veg” time. “Veg” time is super important, and I try not to skimp on it if possible.  Tonight, I come back with a recap blog. This is CanucksCorner.com we don’t do recap blogs! We blog relevant but cool things about the Canucks. Anyone can do a recap,  but there is something about the Edmonton Oilers that has me wanting to talk about the game. Here it is, by the numbers.

Burrows suspended, enter Tom Sestito

Games Suspended: 3 – Was it worthy of that many? Many say no, but he would have been out for this game regardless.

Let’s take another look at that hit again shall we?

 So, with Bo Horvat in transit from Utica, in comes Tom Sestito to play in Edmonton.

TOI: 6:25 -the least played by either team. Even injured Taylor Hall played 6:30 for the Oilers

Points: 1 assist on Linden Vey’s goal. 

Hits: 6 

+/-: +1

Not an ‘impact’ player, but for the limited time he played, Sestito did enough.

Ryan Miller 10 Edmonton Oilers 0

Ten career wins versus the Edmonton Oilers and no losses. In other words, Ryan Miller is perfect versus Edmonton. So with the Oilers being considered “gimme games” for the Canucks, it would serve them wise to start the man with the perfect record over “this team is for the back-up to play” scenario. Let’s just hope when (or if) Miller finally does lose to the Oilers, he is no longer wearing a Canucks uniform.

Tweet of the night regarding Millers vs Oilers?

Parody Account of Zack Kassian tweeted this about Ryan Miller's undefeated streak against the Edmonton Oilers.

Parody Account of Zack Kassian tweeted this about Ryan Miller’s undefeated streak against the Edmonton Oilers.

 

Ryan Miller has eight wins, leads all NHL goalies so far this season.

 

Ryan Miller leading NHL in wins. Eight wins so far.

Ryan Miller leading NHL in wins. Eight wins so far.

Vrdinery

Points: 0

TOI: Hank 20:43 Danny 19:54 Vrby: 17:58

Hank, Danny and Radim Vrbata were held pointless tonight, but the bottom six forwards made up for their lack of offense. It seemed like the Oilers were really focusing on the Canucks top line and didn’t seem to pay much attention to the Dorsetts, Sbisas and Veys. I guess secondary scoring is around to pick up the slack. Despite not factoring on the score sheet, Daniel, Henrik and Vrbata are all over a point a game at this point in the season.

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I don’t know how to love you, Luca!

Sometimes, he’s so awful and gives away pucks like he was feeding ducks at the pond and then he shows can actually play hockey. He leads all Canucks defencemen with his two goals.

Oy Vey!

Is there a guy on the #Canucks roster that has more play-on-words with his surname than Linden Vey? I think not!

Here’s the goal, and below it is the reaction from Canucks fans and media alike.

The official Canucks account and local journalist, Cam Cole got in on it.

The official Canucks account and local journalist, Cam Cole got in on it.

 

This one is quite typical, and abundant on twitter.

 

This one is quite typical, and abundant on twitter.

 

This guy doesn't know who or what Linden Vey is? He's a pun producing machine, man.

This guy doesn’t know who or what Linden Vey is? He’s a pun producing machine, man.

 

My friend Nick said it all here!

My friend Nick said it all here!

 

I even got in on the action with Vey's goal on the Oilers to put the Canucks up by one.

I even got in on the action with Vey’s goal on the Oilers to put the Canucks up by one.

 

On The Short

Derek Dorsett gets his first goal as a Vancouver Canuck on the penalty kill of all times. It was a pass too short that was intercepted, a man down for the Canucks and Dorsett beats Scrivens on the short side. Have a look:

Three is the magic number.

The Canucks and Oilers have now faced off three times in this young NHL season. It’s also the number of times the Canucks have won this season over the Oilers, and how many goals were needed to once again, defeat Edmonton. However, they weren’ the only Vancouver based team in Oil city last night. Both the Canucks and Lions scored three points up against Edmonton teams, however, the Canucks won with it, the Lions lost horribly with the exact amount of scored points.

Just how good of a tweet was this from TSN 1040 radio personality, Jeff Paterson?

 

 

Three

 

 

Zero

Although he has been playing more like a hero as of late, Shawn Matthias can’t buy goal. Either he is hitting posts and crossbars or the opposing goalie makes the unbelievable save on his chances.

Even his team picture has a slight look of begging going on. "Please sirs, may I have a goal?" Hang in there Shawn, you'll get your due.

Even his team picture has a slight look of begging going on. “Please sirs, may I have a goal?” Hang in there Shawn, you’ll get your due.

 

 Well, that’s the tale of the tape between the Canucks and the Oilers, November 1, 2014 edition. Tonight, the Canucks are back home to take on the Nashville Predators. Eddie Lack gets the start for this one and my predition?

 

Looks like the Canucks netminder agrees with me!

Looks like the Canucks netminder agrees with me!

 

It’s such a good prediction, even tonight’s starting goalie had to give it a favourite on twitter.

Go Canucks go!

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Hockey With Harder: Canucks Have Best Season Start Since 1999

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For the first time since 1999, the Vancouver Canucks have had their best start to the season. In a 2-0 shutout victory against the Edmonton Oilers, they hold a 3-0-0 record in the standings and are now one win away from tying for their all-time franchise best start set in 1992. The Vancouver club remains alongside the New York Islanders as the only undefeated teams in the league.

It was lights out tonight for Ryan Miller as he finally gained some traction in the Vancouver crease. Miller continued his unbeaten streak against the Oilers which has now climbed to an outstanding 9 game run. In tonight’s game he received his 30th career shutout.

Though the Canucks had players appearing in and out through the game, they still held their ground against the struggling young Oilers who desperately needed to win in order to avoid their worst start in franchise history. Towards the end of the first period, Ryan Stanton left the game with a suspected lower body injury. Dan Hamhuis briefly left the game in the second period after getting a nasty stick to the face from Mark Arcobello who should have received a major penalty but got off scot-free.

Tonight’s game was loaded up with penalties for the Canucks but it did not seem to imprint a dark mark on the play as the team locked the gates on the penalty kill.

The first line once again separated the boys from the men as they provided two goals in Rexall Place. Both Sedin twins and Radim Vrbata picked up two points each on the evening and now carry a combined 17 points to kick off the 2014-15 hockey season. The top line for the Canucks has been one of their best strengths in the first three games as they have successfully kept the puck in the offensive zone and provided many of the shots on the opposing team.

The Canucks played hard from start to finish coming out with the win they needed to continue on the high road. Tomorrow night they take on Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning at home in Rogers Arena. This is where the real challenge will begin. Time will tell if Willie Desjardins and his Vancouver Canucks can become a force to be reckoned with in the Pacific Division.

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Pre-Game Thoughts: Canucks at Edmonton Oct.17/14

 

Canucks take on the Oilers in Edmonton tonight.

Canucks take on the Oilers in Edmonton tonight.

 

The Canucks finally get to play some hockey again. After a five day rest from their last game, Vancouver visits Edmonton for the second time already this regular season.  The 2-0 Canucks take on the winless Edmonton Oilers (0-3-1) in an old Northwest Division (if it still existed) battle. The last time these two teams met was the Canucks home opener on October 11th at Rogers Arena. In a game where the Canucks were a step slow to start off, they battled back from a three goal deficit to win 5-4 in a shootout. 

While the Oilers have already played four games, and won none of them, the Canucks have been sitting idling for five days since their last NHL action. The Oilers will have home ice advantage and I am sure the Oilers faithful will represent loudly. A team in disarray and no direction looking for their first win versus an undefeated but possibly game-rusty team could make for an interesting game and outcome.  With the battles these two teams have had in recent years, it has the potential to get heated and possibly ugly. It would better serve the Canucks to keep things disciplined and play their game. 

The Oilers have been the whipping boy of their opponents so far this season suffering a humiliating loss in LA and have only one point in the standings to show for their efforts. That sole point came from the Vancouver Canucks. They are desperate, they have home ice and this game worries me a little. I hate facing teams who need a win desperately and will probably do anything to get it, especially against a team they consider a rival. 

The Canucks would need to shake off their game rust by attacking quickly and frequently. They would need to stay out of the penalty box and take to the Oilers without taking penalties. The key is to score first and keep attacking. Who ever is in net for the Canucks tonight needs to be sharp and shut down the young guns of the Edmonton Oilers. 

So tonight, either two streaks will continue or two streaks will end. I prefer the former. 

 

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Random thoughts of a thin skinned blogger before game two.

Well, game two is hours away and there is a consensus out there that it’s a pretty important one for the Canucks. It may well be, but let’s not forget that the Canucks had a 2-0 series lead in the finals last year as well. It would however be nice to see the Canucks get back to their game. Cut out the cheap stuff and trying to read the referees and just play the game. The rest should take care of itself, even though it is entirely possible that this Los Angeles team that everyone said at the start of the year was a contender, may be peaking at the right time.

Thin skinned…yeah sure…ok.

So I guess I fall under the thin skinned people that various bloggers were referring to in reference to the Kingsgate Twitter scandal. I never got worked up about it; it’s just not the way I would run my organization. There are certain models that businesses follow to achieve their goals. Whatever your preference is that’s fine. My preference would be to have my organization represent itself with class, and it does that in spades with @VanCanucks. To each their own I guess…Jim Rome has a popular talk show for a reason.

But what about Cory?

Wait! How can I scold the kings for their Twitter indiscretion but condone what Core Schneider said about Edmonton you say? Well, Schneider was already in full apology mode for making these comments in response to being asked about why the Canucks seem to be hated so much:

“You look around the league and people don’t like us and Pittsburgh and we’re two of the better teams. You saw Darcy Hordichuk and Ben Eager in Edmonton. Nobody cares about Edmonton so nobody hates them. It’s that simple.”

Now anyone who knows Cory and the type of person he is would understand Schneider was referring to the fact that no one hates last place teams. Unfortunately his words weren’t chosen wisely. I wonder if those same bloggers will accuse those folks in Edmonton of having a thin skin? The shame.

Postgame Circus

I don’t how talk show host do it. Driving home after Wednesday’s game, I turned on the postgame show on @TEAM1040 and couldn’t believe the calls that were coming in from fans. One caller called in saying the fix was in and that Gary Bettman has decreed that because of the television market, Los Angeles shall win the series. That the Bitz hit turned around on the Canucks would have resulted in a two minute penalty at the most, guaranteed. I ended up having to turn it off. The insanity was too much to take, which is unfortunate because I enjoy pregame and postgame stuff generally. Some people clearly need to step off the ledge and take a few deep breaths after a loss.

Pregame Video

The last regular season game I went to I tweeted that the Canucks pregame video was rather uninspiring. Wednesday night they made up for it with a great intro video that got the hairs raised and the goose bumps sprouting. The Canucks do a great job of these in general, and it was great to see them crank it up for the playoffs.

Can it Kesler

Please Ryan Kesler, just get back to being a dominating two way scoring threat! Leave the other crap behind and just play like we all know you can. We need Kesler leading…not getting taken off his game by all the after the whistle stuff.

Anyone but Raymond?

I don’t think Mason Raymond is cut out for first line minutes. He just doesn’t finish well enough to be playing with Henrik. I’m not sure what the answer is while we wait for Daniel’s return, but I’m not sold that Raymond is the answer. That said, every time I voice this opinion he seems to go on a two game scoring streak.

Thank me later.

Off to the game, GO CANUCKS GO!

There’s good news, and there’s bad news…

The good news – it was a night of firsts

The Vancouver Canucks won their fourth consecutive game in Edmonton on Tuesday night, beating the young Oilers 4-3. With the win – the team’s first on the road so far this season – the Canucks have risen to the top of the Northwest Division with 14 points in 11 games.

Alex Burrows made his return to the lineup last night, and looked good early in the game. He went to the right places, and nearly potted his first goal of the season on a cheeky centering pass from Daniel Sedin. He was visibly tired in the second half of the game, understandable seeing as he hasn’t seen game action since the spring.

Raffi Torres - Photo Credit: Canucks.comRaffi Torres scored his first career hat trick, and interestingly became the first ex-Oiler to net three goals in one game against Edmonton. (That’s right, Wayne Gretzky couldn’t do it. Mark Messier didn’t manage it. Before Torres, no one had been able to score thrice in one game against the Oil after leaving the Edmonton organization. That’s right – not even Jimmy Carson.) Torres, one of the few NHLers of Latin American descent, now has six goals in 11 games – he scored 19 times in 74 games last season, and has a career high of 27 goals back in 2005-06 while skating for those same Oilers.

Daniel Sedin scored his team-leading 8th goal. Brother Henrik is first in the league with 12 assists. Before Dustin Penner’s wraparound goal – see the bad news below – Roberto Luongo threatened to go on his first shutout streak of the season. He looked solid, even intimidating, playing the day after beating Martin Brodeur’s New Jersey Devils 3-0.

The bad news – an old pattern resurfaces

Last year’s Canucks juggernaut was exceptionally proficient at putting the puck in the net. Unfortunately, whenever they went up early in a game, the team would collapse into a defensive shell and let the other guys come at them, wave after scary wave. No lead – whether one, two, three, even four goals! – no lead was safe as long as the forwards stopped pressing the hapless opposition.

Unlike Alain Vigneault and his coaching staff, the Oilers apparently watched those tapes. When the Canucks went up 3-0 on Tuesday night, they looked like an infinitely more experienced, composed squad and threatened to put the boots to these youngsters. Even when Andrew Cogliano surprised Andrew Alberts behind the Vancouver net, and Dustin Penner swept in a wraparound to make it 3-1, the Canucks should have taken it in stride. They should have pushed to answer. They should have done anything necessary to regain their three-goal advantage. Mikael Samuelsson, to name one, should have, I dunno, tried.

Instead, they treated Taylor Hall and Co with that respect usually reserved for untouchables like Sid the Kid, or elder statesmen like Nik Lidstrom and the Detroit Red Wings. They let these embryonic superstars skate unchallenged at poor Roberto Luongo. They dropped checks: Mason Raymond was actually the goat on that first Edmonton goal – he let Cogliano go unimpeded into the big Canucks D-man to jar the puck loose.

The Canucks panicked. When Gilbert Brule blew a laserbeam top shelf to tie the game at three, Vancouver fans had to be running endless mental film from last season’s blown leads against a truckload of teams. Hell, of last playoff’s blown leads against Chicago in particular.

Raffi Torres scored the winning goal on a lucky dribbler from just inside the blueline. Don’t get me wrong – a good team needs to win on a lucky goal once in a while, too. But great teams don’t need a horseshoe where the sun don’t shine – not when they’ve taken a 3-0 lead by halfway through the first period.


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