Without Kassian on the ice tonight, Raymond does not score the opening goal.mathonwy wrote:Lol..Blob Mckenzie wrote:
Mathonwy quit while you're behind. Stop licking the dude's ass , you're going to hit one of Bersnoozi's feet.
I'm not licking anyone's ass.
I'm just commenting on Kassian's performance tonight.
You are certainly welcome to comment on Kassian's performance tonight as well and refute my points.
Kassian's size and Raymond's speed really did open the ice up for Henrik. If/when Daniel returns to the lineup I hope Vigneault gives Kassian a chance with the twins to see if he opens ice up a bit for them both. Raymond didn't really do much when playing with both Henrik and Daniel.
I agree with everyone who says that Kassian is gassed by the third period. He needs to work on his conditioning. However, the Canucks are one of the best conditioned teams in the NHL, so I would expect Kassian to be behind the curve in that department upon arrival.
Going back to last night, Kassian's presence in the middle of scrums with Chicago went a long ways. The Hawk's were total pussies last night. Keith was only willing to fire a parting shot at Kassian once he knew he was safe and about to exit into the Hawk's dressing room.
Kassian is going to get minutes with the Sedin's in the playoffs when the Canucks are up against teams that like to rough them up and push them around after the whistle. He is going to be a big contributor on this club for years to come. If he's not putting up points directly, he will be indirectly helping out by giving his linemates some breathing room and opposing goalies fits in front of the net.