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1 hour ago, aGENT said:

Biggest problem was not getting to the net. That falls mostly on our top 6, not necessarily guys like Gaudette or Roussel (though they need to as well). Guys like Roussel, Ferland, Sutter, Beagle, Motte etc were doing it more than our top 6 but 1/2 of them lack the skill to be of much danger when they do. Their goalie had it far too easy.

 

All the back seat coaches etc are winning about not playing Virtanen, not changing up systems etc when the biggest (only?) Thing that needs to change is more will to break through MIN's brick wall of defense. This is big boy, playoff hockey. You pay the price or you go home.

We got two iffy penalties early clearing our crease. They got away with pretty much the same things we got called for early in the game. I agree about battling for position but let's at least have an even playing field.

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8 hours ago, 73 Percent said:

Oo that's a good one. I'm not sure what ball will drop first. I like virt and dont think he should be sitting when we arent scoring goals. However, hes had the same treatment from virtually all of his pro coaches lol.

 

 

If I am not mistaken Green is half of "all of his pro coaches". 

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17 minutes ago, 73 Percent said:

True. But he got similar treatment from WD.

You could go back to his junior days in this thread, and people are questioning whether the coaching staff has a vendetta against him. A theory was even posited that one of the owners of the Hitmen was a minority stake holder on the Flames. Even you look back to the ice time he got in his draft +1 year, he was never very high up there. And this is the CHL where any half decent player gets spoon fed tons of ice time. 

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2 hours ago, RWMc1 said:

We got two iffy penalties early clearing our crease. They got away with pretty much the same things we got called for early in the game. I agree about battling for position but let's at least have an even playing field.

And on the Edler one, I posted stills of what led to that.  He took a stick slash then a X check from Donato...then tangled him up and, yes, tripped him.  But let it go if it's been a battle (which it was).  Don't wait until the end to assess one guy for competing for that space.

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1 minute ago, debluvscanucks said:

And on the Edler one, I posted stills of what led to that.  He took a stick slash then a X check from Donato...then tangled him up and, yes, tripped him.  But let it go if it's been a battle (which it was).  Don't wait until the end to assess one guy for competing for that space.

He pivoted into Edlers stick once he felt it and flailed then flopped. I backed it up and watched it a few times and my biased eye test told me dive!!

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7 minutes ago, LeanBeef said:

If Jake does end up getting in hopefully we see some of this. Been a minute since I've seen these highlights

 

 

Jake is built for playoff hockey. If he can bring back the physicality without taking penalties he's gonna be a nice add to the lineup.

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What I loved about Jake's game last night was that when he made a mistake he would work extra hard right away or on the next shift to make up for it.  I'd love to see him throw his weight around a little more than he did, but he was flying last night.  If he can keep this up it's hard to imagine him sitting as a healthy scratch again.

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1 hour ago, Dekey Pete said:

What I loved about Jake's game last night was that when he made a mistake he would work extra hard right away or on the next shift to make up for it.  I'd love to see him throw his weight around a little more than he did, but he was flying last night.  If he can keep this up it's hard to imagine him sitting as a healthy scratch again.

I agree that his game, attitude, and overall play was great.  In regards to throwing his weight around I think he knows that he needs to let the hits come to him rather than go searching for a big hit as it gets him out of position and unnecessary penalty trouble especially with the way the calls have been thus far. 

 

If he is scratched next game I might have to boycott watching (JK I could never)

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He will play next game. Guaranteed. We are going to need bodies due to recent injuries.

 

Glad to see Jake play well. I agree he still needs to hit harder or a bit more (if he can without being out of position) but he really helped out there - especially using his speed against the breakaway. Not many of our players would have caught up there. As far as someone claiming this indicates he isn't so bad defensively: Attempting to stop a breakaway is a pretty straightforward action that any NHL player would do if they had the speed. His ability to skate is well known. It's when he has to anticipate the play and be in the right position where he struggles.

 

I just wish Jake would put in a 100% effort most games. He can so clearly help us when he does.

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What I noticed about Jake's game last night:

 

  1. Jake's speed is still one of his main assets aside from his shot.  The backcheck showed just how fast he can be, even if Eriksson Ek isn't the fleetest of foot.  The common thread for Jake is overall conditioning as he seems to get tired more quickly than other players, but his sheer speed adds a critical element to the Canucks.
     
  2. Just having a bigger body with speed in the line-up made for a noticeable difference in how the bottom 6 faired.
     
  3. Maybe Jake was a bit tentative/thinking too much at the start of the game, but I did notice a bit of discomfort on his part when handling the puck early in the game.  He didn't make any bad decisions with the puck ultimately, but there were a few plays where it looked awkward as you could tell that he was thinking of multiple things at once while handling the puck.  Thankfully it didn't bite the team in the behind as the Wild looked just as confused.

As mentioned by others, with all the injuries already, Jake's presumably going to be in the line-up again tomorrow.  I certainly don't think Jake did anything to warrant taking him out of the line-up and, if anything, adding him back in was a positive.

 

With all the injuries to wingers, my guess is that MacEwen and Gaudette may draw in on the wing if all the injured players aren't fit to play tomorrow.

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3 hours ago, Moose Nuckle said:

Wow who'd expect that from the worst defensive fwd on the entire team!

 

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If that clip was a second longer you'd see he gave the puck right back to him.  Good backcheck nonetheless.

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