old calamari wrote:Cody Hodgson is starting to remind me of a young Adam Oates
old calamari wrote:Cody Hodgson is starting to remind me of a young Adam Oates not the fastest guy but great vision and passing skills. Vignault should have put Ballard on the wing instead of Alberts all he did was choke off both players effectivness as well as their ice time.
AV said he didn't want to break up the Ballard-Rome pairing because he has really liked how they have played of late. Yes he gave a compliment to Ballard. That pairing was once again a plus on the night...Ballard is +7 in his last 9 games with no minus games. And his play is improving.
(Grabner still on pace for less than 40 points..that was for S_C )
herb wrote:Pull props to Luongo for turning his game around after the third goal. Statistically it was still a bad game, but it went from looking like "one of those nights" to a very satisfying win. Almost made getting wisdom teeth pulled out in the morning and having the whole day off work worthwhile.....owwwweeeeee
dbr wrote:Interesting that he did so given his reputation for meltdowns; I think a lot of Canucks fans feel like once Lou lets in a couple of softies he might as well come out because there is going to be another handful in pretty short order.
Hopefully - if necessary - he can turn things around inside a game like this in the playoffs.
UWSaint wrote:Mason Raymond had an outstanding season a couple years ago in which he finished a bit and learned to excel on the forecheck and defensively. Last year, the offense dried up considerably, but the defense improved. Remarkably -- given all the time off and the nature of the injury -- Raymond looks like he hasn't lost a step, hasn't lost his tenacity, and has improved his shot -- which I am going to conservatively write off as small sample size.
Speaking of shots, Hodgson has one as well. The relatively low shooting percentage is going to even out. And while it is maddening that he turns away from players in the defensive zone and has no clue how to gain position in the defensive zone, he is showing his offensive gifts.
Potatoe1 wrote:Hodgsons offensive performance shouldn't be understated. He is churning out second line scoring numbers while getting 3rd line ice time, and he's doing it with out much offensive support from his line mates.
He's also trending up and is on a 50+ point pace since November 1'st.
Hockey Widow wrote:There were times last season when our 4th ling struggled and Ballard was in the dog house that I thought it might be worth a shot to put him on the 4th line. But right now he is playing very good sound defensive hockey so I'd rather go a forward short and have a steady D.