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Benning All Along | March 5, 2021

In this episode: Lach and Cody break down the wild Jim Benning press conference Friday morning, the Canucks Thursday night victory over the Maple Leafs, Calgary replacing Geoff Ward with Darryl Sutter and check in on the Utica Comets.

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North Division Power Rankings

Lach’s North Division Power Rankings (Week 8): The Multiverse of Madness

As the NHL calendar flips over the middle frame of the 2021 season, one fact has become more and more clear; the North Division is a mess. A colossal, ridiculous, beautiful mess. When experts and fans were making their playoff predictions back in January, there was always a clear sense that three major divides separated […]

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Lach’s North Division Power Rankings (Week 7): Reverse Retro Week!

The North Division may have the most exciting hockey of any in the NHL, but their Reverse Retro jersey collection sure doesn’t match. When you do a regular power rankings list with only seven teams at your disposal, sometimes it can be difficult to find new reasons to bump teams up and down every single […]

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Just Howlin’ | February 16, 2021

In this episode: Lach and Cody talk about the Canucks’ long weekend split with the Flames, Francesco Aquilini’s weekend Twitter thread, the moral victories of the team’s recent play, Brock Boeser’s early scoring breakout, the Jake Virtanen trade rumours, the Arizona Coyotes’ bombshell, Alex Galchenyuk being traded twice in one weekend, and the Utica Comets’ […]

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North Division Power Rankings

Lach’s North Division Power Rankings (Week 6): Oilers – finally – crack the top four

Back in the early 2010s, I had a lot of optimism about how the NHL would look by the next decade. The Canucks were going to be fully through a Stanley Cup dynasty, the league was finally going to let the Phoenix Coyotes move to Quebec City, and the Edmonton Oilers were going to be […]

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A Calgary Flim-Flam | February 12, 2021

In this episode: Lach and Cody recap the Canucks loss to the Flames and discuss the underappreciated play of Thatcher Demko, the top six re-finding their groove, Jim Benning’s future, the affect of losing Justin Bailey and who could replace him, the Adam Gaudette to Nashville rumours and the NHL’s COVID protocols missing the mark.

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North Division Power Rankings

Lach’s North Division Power Rankings (Week 5): Canucks crash into the basement… again

The Vancouver Canucks are in trouble. In fact, the Canucks are in so much trouble that I tried to make this week’s Power Rankings more fun by using some of the new Reverse Retro logos. Needless to say, it did not work. In four games this week, Vancouver was outscored by Montreal and Toronto 23-9 […]

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North Division Power Rankings

Lach’s North Division Power Rankings (Week 4): Canucks rocket onto the podium while the Leafs grab top spot

The Vancouver Canucks are an enigma. In fact, they have been for a long time, but the last couple weeks have been a true microcosm of it. Vancouver went from preparing to make the Canucks’ front office walk the plank for a dismal 2-5-0 start, to charting a new course back towards the shores of […]

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Lach’s North Division Power Rankings (Week 3): Habs hold the crown while Canucks sink to the bottom

This week hasn’t done much to clear up the early logjam of the NHL’s North Division, but one thing is for sure: the Montreal Canadiens are very, very good. Not only did the Habs take down the Oilers on Monday, but also completely dismantled Vancouver over three games with an incredibly well rounded attack, led […]

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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 […]