Last night we saw a Canucks team that was some kind of weird hybrid of last year’s model and this year, kind of like the robots retaining previous experiences in ‘West World’. So from the glitzy fakeness of Hollywood, they move on to Orange County: Home of Disneyland, Trump supporters and the Ducks.
|Lost 1 (SO)
||Goals For Per 60 (GF60)
||Goals Against Per 60 (GA60)
|14.3 (19)||Power Play %||11.1 (24)|
|86.7 (13)||Penalty Kill %||84.0 (16)|
|47.4 (23)||Faceoff Win %||58.9 (1)|
||Shooting %||6.8 (28)
||Corsi For %||50.8 (11)
Stats from NHL.com and www.hockey-reference.com
With the Ducks cutting Bruce Boudreau loose last year and bringing back Randy Carlyle, some wondered if this wasn't going to have much of an impact on the Ducks, and so far that seems a pretty fair assessment. You will recall though the Ducks were almost historically awful out of the gate last year, and somehow managed to turn it around, when many thought that Boudreau should have been fired before that point.
So far, they seem to have some of the same problems they did last year: they're not getting a lot of scoring. They're not a ton worse than the Canucks in a lot of these categories, and better in some, yet they have just 1 win to show for their efforts. Like the Canucks, they've been in a lot of close games. Unlike the Canucks, they haven't been able to get games tied in the 3rd and push things to OT. With their next 4 against the Canucks, Sharks, Predators and Blue Jackets, they'd do well to get something resembling a winning streak going to avoid finding themselves in a slapfight with the Coyotes and Flames for a lottery pick early on.
If there's a good thing in their favour, it's that despite all this, it doesn't appear as though they're missing RFA Hampus Lindholm, given the results, and it's likely that they'll have to move out someone like Cam Fowler to create the room to get him in with less than 700k in current cap space, which is at best a lateral move for the Ducks. What's not helping, is having a guy like Ryan Kesler making just south of $7 million a year with just 2 assists so far, but hey, he wins faceoffs, right? Ryan Getzlaf is putting up a point a game, and Corey Perry's got 2 goals so far, but they're going to need contributions from others if they hope to right this ship.
One thing Canucks fans have been dreading is injuries on the scale of last season making this seemingly precarious house of cards tumble to the floor. They got their first last night when Brayden McNabb hit Derek Dorsett.
Desjardins confirms shoulder injury to Dorsett on hit by McNabb. No time frame. Expect Skille to replace him in Anaheim. #Canucks— Iain MacIntyre (@imacVanSun) October 23, 2016
One thing that was plainly evident last night, was that the structure we saw in previous games was not there, and the Canucks would do well to get back to playing the way they did in their previous contests, and the Captain agrees...
"We didn't play our best, they came at us and we got away from our systems. It's nice to get a point, but we have to be better." - H.Sedin— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 23, 2016
Orange County's given the metal world a lot of trash, when you look at it. Metalcore posers like Eighteen Visions, Bleeding Through and Avenged Sevenfold, not to mention the hilariously awful Stryper. But like every trash pile, you can sometimes find a gem inside and this one is Hirax. They've been around since the dawn of thrash, right there with Exodus, Metallica and Slayer back in the day, led by the one of a kind vocalist Katon W. DePena. Here's Deceased doing a cover of Bombs of War (with the intro of Demons Evil Forces mixed in)...
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