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Beginner's Luck?

Since he has entered the NHL, David Booth has not made the playoffs with the Florida Panthers. Could his first year with a playoff contending team be a long run?

David Booth, 26 years old, still has lots of hockey left in him and now that he is with a contending team, it is only a matter of time before we see him in his 2008-2009 state (where he had 60 points in 72 games).

In practice, he has been skating on the second line with fellow Americans, Ryan Kesler, and Chris Higgins and by having Booth on the wing, it will be a perfect with for Kesler and Higgins, seeing as he has played with both of them at some point of his career (Higgins in Florida, and Kesler in the World Junio...

Luongo's New Look

With 6 games in the books, the Vancouver Canucks are not off to the start they were hoping for. The Nucks are currently sitting at a 2-3-1 record, which is good for 5 points.

Fans are already starting to throw players under the bus, but public enemy #1 is none other than Roberto Luongo. Though he has only played 4 games, going 1-2-1 with a .856 save percentage and a 3.70 goals against average, people are already giving him the boos and heckles. 

We all know that Lou is a slow starter, but how much longer can fans stand his mediocre performance? They even sarcastically cheered him when he stopped a dump-in against the Rangers the other night. But change is coming, bot...

Flyers Win Wild One, 5-4

In a penalty-riddled game that felt more like a track meet, the Philadelphia Flyers improved to 3-0-0 with a 5-4 win over the defending Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks (1-1-1).

It was Claude Giroux who got the scoring started in the contest as he tallied power-play goal just 7:14 into the first period. Five minutes later, Chris Pronger added a power-play goal of his own to give the Flyers a 2-0 lead.

Canucks top Blue Jackets

It was ugly. Dear God, was it ever ugly. In the end, however, the Canucks twice came back from two goals down and topped the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on the road.

Chris Higgins, Cody Hodgson and Alex Burrows all scored for the Canucks, who got their first win of the season. The powerplay, woeful in their season opener, was better tonight, going 1 for 4. Christian Ehrhoff's absence is indeed obvious. First, though, Let's get to the game.

In the first period, Columbus came out firing, chasing the Canucks all around the rink, and scoring the games first goal. It came after a weak Keith Ballard clearing attempt that was intercepted by Derek Mckenzie. He fed the puck in fr...

Dave Bolland: Selke Candidate to Watch


Looking at this new season, there are many people poised to breakout in some way. The breakout scorers and breakout goaltenders and breakout defensemen will have plenty of articles written about them. However, there is one role that frequently goes unsung, defensive forwards. Called by many names: grinders, PK-guys, third liners, depth forwards, these players are the unsung heroes of any team. One of them is poised to break out and possibly challenge for the Selke award as the best defensive forward this season. This player is Chicago Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland, Blackhawks Captain Jon Toews was a shocking Selke nominee last season. The word s...

Shift Work: What we learned from the first glimpse of the Penguins

Well, then… that was quick.

Penguins fans walked away in May after a stunning series loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning wondering what had happened to their team. One power play goal. No Sidney Crosby. No Evgeni Malkin. And no single explanation for how they let a 3-1 lead slip away.

The 2010-11 season was defined by everything the Penguins overcame – notably significant, long-term injuries to their three top centers, the Sid-Geno-Jordan (Crosby-Malkin-Staal) triumvirate that was the backbone of the team’s championship hopes – and in the end it was Pittsburgh that yielded when they should’ve stood strong. The firs...

Opening Night Jitters

If Roberto Luongo was trying to prove to fans that he had forgotten about the playoffs.. well.. insert your own pithy comment in here.

Luongo was shaky-very shaky- and the Canucks lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in a shootout. Despite Luongo, the Canucks showed toughness and resilience, however, they also took dumb penalties at dumb times. Worse, they couldn't kill them off.

First, however, the game.

James Neal started the party by scoring his first of the season 5:04 into the game. Neal threw a shot at the net from a bad angle. It bounced off Luongo's back leg and trickled in. Not the best way to ring in the new season.

Then, with Kevin Bieksa off for ...

Penguins at Canucks

The NHL season is back, and with it, a long list of Canuck injuries and question marks. We know Ryan Kesler is out, as is Mason Raymond and perhaps even Manny Malhotra. This is bad news because that means the Canucks second line is essentially being held together with duct tape, with rookie Cody Hodgson expected to center it, with Mikael Samuelsson and new comer Marco Sturm flanking him.

Even without Kesler, the biggest question mark going into this season is how the Canucks will respond after a long playoff. Further, how will Roberto Luongo play tonight, and for the first month of the season? Luongo has been admittedly a slow starter, something the Canucks simply can't afford. ...

Western Conference Predictions

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Before the season begins, i thought I'd take a stab at predicting where each team will fall in the 2011-12 season. So, without further ado:

 

Vancouver Canucks – They might have a slow start coming out of the gate, as two of their top six players in Kesler and Raymond are out to start the season, but this is still a darn good hockey team. The Canucks will be icing basically the same roster as they did last season, minus Christian Ehrhoff, and I do not see any reason why they won&#...

The best laid plans...

It's no secret that the Vancouver Canucks have squandered their best chance to win a Stanley Cup. Last year, to put it lightly, was the year. Detroit was wounded, San Jose was thin on the back end, Chicago had been gutted and tired from a short offseason full of partying, Boston was without two of their best offensive players in Marc Savard and Nathan Horton, Pittsburgh was without Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, the list goes on.

This year, San Jose is still relatively thin on the back end, but they do have a bonafide shut down pairing of Brent Burns and Dan Boyle, if Todd McClellan decides to play the two together. Chicago had a short off season and added some key parts to ma...