Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames (10/01/09)

•October 1, 2009 • Leave a Comment


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Recent News:

Calgary finished their preseason with a 3-2-2 mark. Theoren Fleury was the story of the preseason, making a valiant attempt to stage a comeback to the National Hockey League following a six-year absence. That heartwarming story will not carry over to the regular season as Fleury was one of the last cuts by Darryl Sutter as training camp came to a conclusion. Jason Jaffray is the next feel good story, and one that carries over to the regular season. After years of toiling in the minors, the veteran pro from nearby Rimbey, Alberta is on the opening night roster for the Flames. Jaffray posted 49 points in 56 games for the AHL’s Manitoba Moose in 2008-09.

In stark comparison to the Flames, Vancouver finished their preseason with an astounding 7-0-2 record. Roberto Luongo saw nearly four full games of play and posted phenomenal numbers, with a 1.30 GAA and a 0.947 SV%. Apart from Luongo’s astounding play, the Canucks preseason success was also helped along by the play of newcomer Sergei Shirokov. The soft handed Russian netted seven points in preseason. His strong performance was ultimately a factor in the Canucks assigning blue chip prospect Cody Hodgson back to his junior ranks.

Last Meeting:

In Calgary’s final preseason tune up, the Canucks stole the show with a 2-1 shootout victory. Both starting goaltenders, Roberto Luongo and Miikka Kiprusoff stood on their heads in what was a goaltending showdown that is sure to be repeated when these teams go head-to-head in the regular season.

Key Players:

Calgary- Nigel Dawes had a strong preseason performance for the Flames. Watch for Dawes to be buzzing around on the ice tonight. He is most likely to draw a slot on one of the top two lines and will more than likely see a lot of special teams play as well. Dawes strong two way abilities have allowed him to be quite successful within the new system that Brent Sutter has implemented in Calgary. Another player to watch for Calgary is Olli Jokinen. The Finn bulldozed his way through the preseason in similar to fashion to how he played upon first arriving in Calgary at last year’s trade deadline. Whether or not Jokinen can sustain this type of play over an entire season is yet to be seen. With Calgary losing primary scoring from Mike Cammalleri, and secondary scoring from Todd Bertuzzi over the offseason, it will be imperative for Jokinen to improve upon last season’s 57 points.

Vancouver- As mentioned earlier, Sergei Shirokov played like a man possessed during preseason action. The Canucks will rely on him to provide offense all season long. People league wide will be watching to see if Shirokov can translate that strong preseason into a great regular season. Once again, Roberto Luongo will be the man to beat in between the pipes Vancouver this season. With a strong preseason under his belt, and an Olympic roster spot looming, expect Luongo to continue his strong play. Lastly, one of two key additions made in the offseason will make their Canucks debuts tonight. The acquisition of Christian Ehrhoff from the San Jose Sharks and Mathieu Schneider via free agency brings experience, offense, stability, and much needed depth to the Canucks blueline. With Schneider shelved with a shoulder injury, Ehrhoff will be the one to watch.

Injuries-

Calgary- none
Vancouver- Jannik Hansen (broken hand), Pavol Demitra (shoulder), Mathieu Schneider (shoulder)

Probable Rosters/Lines-

Calgary-
Moss-Jokinen-Iginla
Dawes-Langkow-Bourque
Glencross-Conroy-Boyd
Prust-Nystrom-Sjostrom

Regehr-Bouwmeester
Phaneuf-Giordano
Pardy-Sarich

Kiprusoff
McElhinney

Vancouver-
D. Sedin – H. Sedin – Burrows
Shirokov – Kesler – Samuelsson
Raymond – Wellwood – Bernier
Hordichuk – Johnson – Rypien

Mitchell – Salo
Edler – Ehrhoff
Bieksa – O’Brien

Luongo
Raycroft

Fantasy Hockey ’09-10

•September 30, 2009 • Leave a Comment

With the NHL season literally just around the corner, I have entered a number of fantasy leagues. The one that has most recently been completed is comprised of a number of my friends from on campus here. We engaged in a live draft using Yahoo! Fantasy Sports, and I must say I quite liked the system that they have set up. Our league is set up with the following scoring system:

Forwards/Defensemen Stat Category
Goals- 3
Assists- 2
Plus/Minus- 1
Powerplay Points- 1
Shorthanded Points- 1

Goaltenders Stat Category:
Wins- 4
Goals Against- -0.5
Saves- 0.1
Shutouts- 2

Along with this, we were then permitted to select six fowards, four defensemen, and two goalies. I was lucky enough to earn the second overall pick. With Ovechkin going first, I selected Malkin second overall. Here’s how my team panned out:
Trends
Offense
Pos
Edit
Forwards/Defensemen
Opp
Status
% Started
G
A
+/-
PPP
SHP
Fan Pts
F
(Pit – F)
96% 35 78 17 41 2 321.00
F
(Chi – F)
89% 34 35 12 22 0 206.00
F
(SJ – F)
92% 31 34 16 23 0 200.00
F
(Tor – F)
64% 36 24 23 15 0 194.00
F
(NYI – F)
48% 0.00
F
(Bos – F)
33% 21 24 36 5 3 155.00
D
(Bos – D)
96% 19 31 23 28 2 172.00
D
(Bos – D)
91% 13 37 32 25 1 171.00
D
(NJ – D)
53% 5 28 21 18 1 111.00
D
(SJ – D)
36% 6 30 15 21 1 115.00
Trends
Goaltending
Pos
Edit
Goaltenders
Opp
Status
% Started
W
GA
SV
SHO
Fan Pts
G
(Bos – G)
91% 36 114 1580 5 255.00
G
(Phi – G)
61% 0.00
How have your fantasy teams panned out? Playing in a league with slightly different rules/layout? I want to hear about it! Let me know what you think of my team and whether or not it will be successful this season. There are definitely a couple wildcard picks that I have, including the enigmatic Ray Emery, and Phil Kessel with his fresh start in Toronto. One thing that worries me right off the bat is that I have selected four players from the Boston Bruins. While I do feel like the Bruins will be a contender this season, I try to stay away from selecting a majority of players from one team. Usually this only leads to trouble. However, we will see how it pans out over time.
Enjoy the start of the NHL season tomorrow! Hit me back with your top fantasy picks!
-m.o.b.

Top Ten Tunes (09/30/09)

•September 30, 2009 • Leave a Comment
Today features a triple dose of Scott Weiland with Velvet Revolver and Stone Temple Pilots on board. Also included is the great double bill that I was able to see live in Calgary this summer. Rancid opened up a show for Rise Against back in the early months of summer, and was it ever unreal. Both those acts make an appearance in today’s top ten. A couple classic rock acts also show their glistening platinum smiles with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers not wantin’ you around here no more, and Trooper staying…but only for a good time. Looking at this list right now, Hilltop Hoods stick out like a sore thumb, but that’s ok! I still love ’em, and if you give them a chance, you probably will too.
  1. Nine Inch Nails- Survivalism
  2. Nural- Hits Keep Coming
  3. Hilltop Hoods- When I’m
  4. Velvet Revolver- Loving The Alien
  5. Stone Temple Pilots- Creep
  6. Rancid- East Bay Night
  7. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers- Don’t Come Around Here No More
  8. Trooper- We’re Here For A Good Time (Not A Long Time)
  9. Stone Temple Pilots- Interstate Love Song
  10. Rise Against- Long Forgotten Sons

-m.o.b.

Top Ten Tunes (09/29/09)

•September 29, 2009 • Leave a Comment
Fired this top ten up while working on a recreation and leisure philosophy assignment. If you only check out one song on this list, make it Third Eye Blind’s Don’t Believe A Word. It contains what could possibly be the best line ever to appear in a song. Think you know which line I’m talking about? Then leave a comment with your best guess! Good times. Enjoy!
  1. 30 Seconds To Mars- R-Evolve
  2. Every New Day- See You Again
  3. OMC- How Bizarre
  4. Pendulum- Out Here
  5. Marilyn Manson- Disassociative
  6. Green Day- ¡Viva La Gloria!
  7. Papa Roach- March Out Of The Darkness
  8. Orgy- Blue Monday
  9. Mindless Self Indulgence- On It
  10. Third Eye Blind- Don’t Believe A Word

-m.o.b.

Gustavsson is a Monster

•September 28, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Perhaps a story that has been slightly overlooked this preseason, is the play of new Toronto Maple Leafs netminder, Jonas Gustavsson. Gustavsson, a former Swedish Elite League star, is fighting with Leafs holdover, Vesa Toskala for the starting goaltender position. Early in the preseason, Gustavsson was hospitalized and taken in for minor surgery to repair a small heart ailment. Needless to say, Gustavsson took little time to recover, and with saves like this he might find himself starting more games than he sits this season. Check out this save against the Detroit Red Wings.

-m.o.b.

Thank you, Theo

•September 28, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I want to take this time today to say thank you to Theoren Fleury. As a die hard Calgary Flames fan, I could not be more happy to see Fleury retired from the game on his own terms. Fleury was always a man who had the odds pitted against him, and to see him continually overcome those odds is truly inspiring. While he may not been the most positive role model with his off ice lifestyle, Theoren Fleury has time and time again proved that any obstacle can be pushed aside when you set your mind and heart to it. I wish to say thank you to Theoren Fleury. Thank for being an awe-inspiring hockey player. Thank you for dazzling my eyes with spectacular plays every time you hit the ice. Thank you for showing a fiery passion incomparable to any other player that I have ever watched. But most of all, thank you for reminding me that no matter how small I might feel, I can achieve any goal or dream, no matter how big it might be. Thank you for the memories, Theo.

-m.o.b.

Top Ten Tunes (09/28/09)

•September 28, 2009 • Leave a Comment
First off…today is a very sad day. Theoren Fleury has retired from the game of hockey as a Calgary Flame. But, more on that later. For now, I come to you with a rad little playlist that I’ve put together over the course of booking my residence tower’s annual ski trip. The ski trip really has nothing to do with this playlist, however I am super pumped for both. I absolutely cannot wait for the epic that will be the 2010 Schäday Ski Trip at Panorama in January. Two hundred rowdy residents from Schäffer and Henday Halls, combined with one-hundred and fifty from Mackenzie Hall should equal for some fun times. I am definitely glad to have the groundwork laid out for this trip. However, enough rambling from me. I am sure you will hear more about this ski trip later. Until then, enjoy the music!
  1. Metric- Sick Muse
  2. Green Day- Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)(Live)
  3. Fiction Plane- Drink
  4. Sum41- Walking Disaster
  5. Boston- Surrender To Me
  6. Matt Costa- Mr. Pitiful
  7. Trapt- Wasteland
  8. David Bowie- All The Young Dudes
  9. Flyleaf- Cassie (Acoustic)
  10. Papa Roach- My Heart Is A Fist

-m.o.b.