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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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North Division Power Rankings

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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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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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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North Division Power Rankings

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 […]

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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 […]

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The CreaseCast

Fifty Ways to Love Your Leivo | December 11, 2019

In this episode of the CreaseCast (voted #1 most mediocre podcast by Canucks Twitter); I talk about the Canucks’ win over Buffalo and loss to Toronto, why Josh Leivo is such an integral piece to the Canucks’ attack, the roller coaster that is Tyler Myers’ season, the Stars firing Jim Montgomery and a look at […]

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The Sunday Crease

The Sunday Crease: Slow Starts, Eastern Notes and the Team of Mystery

“There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?” In the four years that I’ve been running this website, there’s never been more excitement and intrigue surrounding the Vancouver Canucks than there is going into 2019-20 season. But hey, maybe it just seems that way to me because I’m actually living in Vancouver for the […]