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Boyd Howdy | March 23, 2021

In this episode: Lach and Cody breakdown the Canucks’ last couple losses to the Canadiens and Jets, Bo Horvat’s injury and the sudden disappearance of center depth, the Travis Boyd waiver pick up and the trade deadline firesale it may be foreshadowing, the Jake Virtanen/Markus Nutivaara rumour, Braden Holtby’s play vs. the Habs, NHL Draft […]

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North Division Power Rankings

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 […]

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Lach’s North Division Power Rankings (Week 10): Jets fly to the top as second half begins

As the NHL season rounds the halfway point, the speed at which we’ve gotten here almost feels like a fever dream. Actually, considering why we’re all inside and not watching all these games live, “fever dream” is a pretty apt description. The recent stretch hasn’t been kind to many teams in the North. The Leafs […]

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Lach’s North Division Power Rankings (Week 9): Let Chaos Reign

If a time traveler showed up in my office today and told me by the end of this wild 2021 season, every single head coach on a Canadian NHL team would be different than the bench bosses who started the year, I’d believe it. This week perfectly encapsulated what it means to be playing hockey […]

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A Tale of Two Goalies | March 2, 2021

In this episode: Lach and Cody talk about the Canucks two-game split in Winnipeg, Thatcher Demko wrestling the starting goalie spot away from Braden Holtby, Nate Schmidt finally getting puck luck, the Jake Virtanen/Danton Heinen trade rumours, Jordan Binnington’s antics against the Sharks, the Sabres disaster and listener questions!

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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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By A Thousand Cuts | February 23, 2021

In this episode: Lach and Cody talk about the Canucks back-to-back blown games against the Jets and Oilers, the team’s struggles with overcoming adversity, Artemi Panarin’s leave of absence from the Rangers, the Predators going into full rebuild mode, Jeff Skinner’s heathy scratching by the Sabres and who would play emergency goalie David Ayres in […]

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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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A Spritely Affair | February 19, 2021

In this episode: Lach and Cody talk about the Canucks’ shutout loss to Laurent Brossoit and the Winnipeg Jets, the Reverse Retros, Olli Juolevi becoming a solid NHL defensemen, Nils Höglander and Derek Forbort’s new rivalry, poor late game officiating, the Sabres potentially exploring a Jack Eichel trade, what a Canucks deal with Buffalo would […]

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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 […]