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Playing SpOILER | May 25, 2021

In this episode: Lach and Cody break down every first round series of the playoffs, plus how the Oilers will handle being swept by the Jets, what the Canucks can learn from Edmonton’s mistakes, the surprising letdown of Maple Leafs/Canadiens, Spencer Knight’s incredible playoff debut, debate the excitement level of Hurricanes/Predators and how the Bruins […]

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Lach’s FINAL North Division Power Rankings: Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

I’ve never watched Cheers before, but I have seen the show’s final shot. Sam Malone closes up the bar, waves away a potential customer and takes one last stroll around the empty tavern, silently reminiscing about the memories made there. Here in the North Division, the Canucks and Flames will be locking up the joint. […]

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Endgame | May 11, 2021

In this episode: Lach and Cody talk about the Canucks week of mixed results vs. the Oilers and Jets, Vancouver’s official elimination from playoff contention, Smarties McFlurries, bad hockey nicknames, Nils Höglander’s continued rise, Travis Green’s trust in Jack Rathbone and the team’s future on defense, Connor McDavid’s ridiculous MVP season, Jack Eichel’s last stand […]

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Feel the Rath | May 8, 2021

In this episode: Lach breaks down the Canucks wild win over the Oilers, Jack Rathbone’s first NHL goal, the Graovac-Hawryluk-Highmore connection, Zack MacEwen and the lunacy of the NHL’s Dept. of Player Safety, the Battle of the Sunshine State and the playoff race nearing the finish line.

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First Games for Everyone | May 4, 2021

In this episode: A brief intro discussing the Jake Virtanen story (CW: sexual misconduct); the guys discuss Lach’s Botchford Project experience, the Canucks’ two losses to the Oilers, Jack Rathbone and Kole Lind’s NHL debuts, the Comets’ potential move to Abbotsford and the Tom Wilson debacle. 00:00 Jake Virtanen intro (CW: sexual misconduct) 04:50 Main […]

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Lach’s North Division Power Rankings (Week 15): The Habs’ Gambit

I so many questions about the Montreal Canadiens that I’d like answered. Who are the Canadiens? Also, what are the Canadiens? And why are the Canadiens? No matter how you slice it, the Canadiens are a team that don’t make much sense. One week they’ll play such inspired hockey that people will call them a […]

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Lach’s North Division Power Rankings (Week 14): Jets and Leafs turns bitter while Canucks grab top spot

With the Stanley Cup Playoffs just around the corner – barring any more problems with COVID-19 – the intensity within the North Division has been picking up with every passing week. And it all came to a head on Thursday and Saturday, when the Jets and Maple Leafs locked horns during a chaotic two game […]

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Lach’s North Division Power Rankings (Week 13): Canucks make statement return from COVID

It’s not often your weekly column is forced to take a two week hiatus. But when a massive COVID outbreak hit the Canucks and put the team out of commission, suddenly it was really hard to make funny jokes. In fact, it still kind of is. The Canucks finally returned to ice tonight against the […]

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Lach’s North Division Power Rankings (Week 12): Goalies, Goalies, Goalies

This season has been rough on everybody. But not many have it rougher than Anton Forsberg. Forsberg had started the season off on the right foot, earning a one year, $700K deal from the Edmonton Oilers in October to join their taxi squad behind the established duo of Mike Smith and Mikko Koskinen. But what […]

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Lach’s North Division Power Rankings (Week 11): A Division UnMarvelled

When an NHL season is streaking by as quickly as this 2021 campaign has, one might need a little break from sports every now and then. A hockey palate cleanser, if you will. For me, that’s come in the form of the new Marvel television series that’ve been arriving on Disney+; starting with WandaVision, that […]