Categories
North Division Power Rankings

Lach’s North Division Power Rankings: Week 2

We might be just a handful of games into the 2021 season, but one fact about the North Division has already been cemented; this year is going to be an absolute gongshow. Out of the six teams in the group that’ve already played multiple games, all of them have won and lost at least one […]

Categories
North Division Power Rankings

Lach’s North Division Power Rankings: Week 1

The 2021 NHL season is going to be unlike any we’ve ever seen before, and that starts with the league’s new temporary divisions that teams will play their entire 56 game schedule in. And while all four of these new groups has their storylines, favourites and fan intrigue, there is none more highly anticipated than […]

Categories
LITC Blog

Mystery Hockey Theatre: Defenders of the Pond (1994)

There was once a time in sports where season ticket holders were sent promotional VHS tapes or DVDs as free gifts, only to watch them approximately once or twice before leaving them in a drawer or on a high shelf to gather dust. Where leagues would produce documentaries and highlight packs for nearly every occasion, […]

Categories
LITC Blog

Jacob Markstrom leaves legacy as one of the Canucks’ greatest goalie success stories

When Jacob Markstrom signed a six-year, $36 million deal with the Calgary Flames on the opening day of free agency, it ended more than just the Trevor Linden trade tree. It also finished a six year span in Vancouver where Markstrom rose from an AHL regular to one of the best goalies in the NHL. […]

Categories
LITC Blog

Knight Class: Lessons the Canucks can take from the Vegas series into free agency

So your team came within one win of the Western Conference Final. As if 2020 could get any weirder, right? No one expected the Vancouver Canucks to win a playoff series over the defending Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues, let alone drag the Vegas Golden Knights to a Game 7 in Round 2, at […]

Categories
GoalChella 2020

GoalChella (Day 2): The Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Playoff Game

can’t believe we waited 5 years for playoff hockey and we got that — Georgia (@georgiatwiss) August 3, 2020 It took five years for the Canucks to get back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and after Game One it was almost enough to make you wish they hadn’t at all. In a regular best-of-seven series […]

Categories
GoalChella 2020

GoalChella (Day 1): Canucks optimism, early upsets and judging postseason jersey sets

Who’s ready for some summer playoff hockey?! 24 teams playing 52 games over nine days. A Stanley Cup Playoffs unlike any the world has ever seen. And that’s before even getting to the fact that the Vancouver Canucks are making their unofficial postseason return after five long years. Five months after the COVID-19 pandemic brought […]

Categories
LITC Blog

Flying Vees and Best-of-V’s: A look back at the Canucks’ history in five game series

When the Canucks drop the puck against the Minnesota Wild for the Stanley Cup Qualifiers in Edmonton, it’ll be the first postseason meeting between the two clubs since 2003. (Let’s not talk about that today, shall we?) But it also marks the first time in 33 years that Vancouver will take part in a best-of-five […]

Categories
LITC Blog

Canucks’ Summer Camp Blog: Boeser rumours, Rathbone signs and MacEwen’s big week

Embed from Getty Images After being locked in our houses for approximately a quarter of a century to shield ourselves from pandemics, murder hornets and horrible renditions of John Lennon’s “Imagine”, the world is starting to take its first steps back into its new normalcy. And for 24 NHL teams, that means returning to the […]

Categories
LITC Blog

The 2020 Lach in the Crease Awards

NHL Awards voting season is officially upon us, and while the Professional Hockey Writers Association is busy trying to figure out if Leon Draisaitl is Hart-worthy or how to deny Quinn Hughes of the Calder Trophy he so richly deserves, I decided to go in a different direction. The Canucks already have a set of […]