HNIC Open Thread: March 16

Drop that:

Ceremonial faceoffs are usually a thing I don’t pay a lot of attention to. This one was actually kind of cool. I don’t know if it was the jerseys or Cyclone Taylor’s grandson (best name) but I enjoyed it.



This isn’t HNIC but it needs to be seen. This is just further proof that Patrick Kane is operating on another level this year. This isn’t even fair.


Take your time:

Alex Burrows was apparently as excited about the new/old Vancouver jerseys as I am.


Canucks vs. Red Wings
Vancouver Canucks v Detroit Red Wings 

Preview: As the east coast recovers from the insanity that was the Leafs/Jets game, we turn out attention westward as the Canucks Millionaires take on the Detroit Red Wings. The Canucks are sitting in 3rd place in the Western Conference with 32 points and are currently on a 2 game win streak. They’ll look to continue the streak against a Red Wings team that is (somehow) still in playoff contention despite a more than questionable defensive corps. The Red Wings are only one point back of the Canucks, however, with 31 points yet the Canucks hold the standings advantage thanks to their division. The Wings haven’t had a busy week, playing just two games since last Sunday – a loss to the Flames and an OT, comeback win over the Oilers last night.


Vancouver Canucks

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Alexandre Burrows
Mason Raymond - Andrew Ebbett - Jannik Hansen
David Booth – Chris Higgins – Dale Weise
Steve Pinizzotto – Maxim Lapierre – Tom Sestito

Alexander Edler – Chris Tanev
Dan Hamhuis – Jason Garrison
Kevin Bieksa – Andrew Alberts

Roberto Luongo
Cory Schneider

Detroit Red Wings

Valtteri Filppula – Henrik Zetterberg – Damien Brunner
Justin Abdelkader – Pavel Datsyuk – Johan Franzen
Gustav Nyquist – Joakim andersson – Dan Cleary
Drew Miller – Cory Emmerton – Jordin Tootoo

Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson
Brendan Smith – Ian White
Jakub Kindle – Brian Lashoff

Jimmy Howard
Jonas Gustavsson

Old man yells, world continues on as usual:

Nice suit, Grapes. Is it made of real marzipan?


Weird day:

Colby Armstrong scored his first goal with the Montreal Canadiens tonight. I have no joke for this.


Gonna need a, well, you know:

These are always a highlight of Saturdays. This week is no different.


Hello, old friend:

Joffrey Lupul didn’t take long to show Leafs fans why their team could have used him for the last month and a bit.


Hi. Welcome to Saturday.

Leafs vs. Jets





An all-Canadian match-up gets us started on Hockey Night In Canada tonight, which makes sense, and features two teams heading in opposite directions. In this corner, you have the losers of four straight Toronto Maple Leafs (though they got a point against the Penguins last Saturday) and in the other corner, you have the 7-2-1 in their last 10 Winnipeg Jets. The Jets have won two straight (including one over these very Maple Leafs on Tuesday) and now find themselves sitting in 8th in the Eastern Conference, 2 points clear of the New York Rangers. The Leafs, on the other hand, sit in 7th place, just one point ahead of the Jets. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, we have ourselves a battle for 7th tonight. Hopefully it’s a fun one. Oh yeah, and Joffrey Lupul’s back in the lineup for the Leafs. So that’s nice.

In the other 7 pm game, Quebec will see the Montreal Canadiens take on the New Jersey Devils. Good luck with that, Jersey.


Toronto Maple Leafs

James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
Clarke MacArthur – Mikhail Graobvski – Matt Frattin
Joffrey Lupul – Nazim Kadri – Nikolai Kulemin
Leo Komarov – Jay McClement – Colton Orr

Dion Phaneuf – Carl Gunnarsson
Korbinian Holzer – John-Michale Liles
Mark Fraser – Cody Franson

Ben Scrivens
James Reimer

Winnipeg Jets

Andrew Ladd – Bryan Little – Blake Wheeler
Evander Kane – Olli Jokinen – Antti Miettinen
James Wright – Nik Antropov – Kyle Wellwood
Eric Tangradi – Patrice Cormier – Chris Thorburn

Grant Clitsome – Dustin Byfuglien
Ron Hainsey – Zach Bogosian
Mark Stuart – Derek Meech

Ondrej Pavelec
Ed Pasquale