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First up is Mickey Redmond with his recap, below is Dylan Larkin.

More coming.

added 10:44pm, Mathias Brome below. added 11:11pm, game highlights below.  added 11:32pm, Jeff Blashill below.  added 11:39pm, Thomas Greiss below.

 

 

Game highlights.

 

 

 

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1st Pp was terrible.  They dont move.  Everyone stands still amd the puck carrier tries to skate around.  Absolutely kills me.  Ive said it beforez its almost like they take breaks on the PP to not have to skate.  If they dont move, the PKers dont have to and they just keep lines blocked until you try to pass and they pick it off and get it out.  or mob the carrier whos got no options even with an extra man out there.  Have to move.

Nemeth missed Nino coming off the bench, happens.  Larkins lazy pass coming out was the real problem.  Why he over committed coming back and double teaming him with Hronek.

I felt like most of the issues were timing.  Zadina was buzzing but that Whole line was off.  Fabbri adjusting to center might have somethinf to do with it.  They worked though, they just werent as efficient it looked like. 

Staal and Stetcher were fantastic imo.  Theyre ability to work together, using staals physicality and stretchers skating in a synchronous way was noticeable.  Staals willingness to block shots very evident already.  One saved a goal that went off his hand went he went down.  Also, clearing the crease.  Stretcher as well did great in that regard.  Tying up sticks and using body position to turn guys out of the way of the goalie.  Really really impressed with him.  And hes just a junkyard dog out there.  Epitome of hussle.  Super impressed.

Merrill has some great awareness too.  Hes almost a mix between Staal and Stetch. 

Brome was noticeable off the rip.  Hes got wheels, and moxy.  Hes also got good stick work, battles hard and smart. 

Erne even looked waaaaay better than last year, in one game.  He lost his pace as it went on though.

And Thomas Greiss.  Wow.  Cold blooded. Calm as a hindu cow in net.

Sure, we need to score more and the PP gets no excuses, at least Larkins PP.  Namestikovs unit really pushed the pace though. Were a very different team now and I suspect will only get better as the new guys figure out the system and the guys theyre with. 

I think the big thing last night was the 2nd line not clicking.  Entries were good but generating looks was difficult. Spent all their time grinding corners. And conditioning.  Its just going to take a little time.  We’re in no hurry but im optimistic.  Most importantly the guys didnt shat the bed after giving up that first goal and stayed focused.  Again, i think BrindAmour had his boys on smoothies and hot yoga.  They had more in the tank.

Posted by ThatGuy on 01/15/21 at 11:50 AM ET

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2 plays that really stood out.  Ine where Brome was board battling and almost lost a few times losinh position, then kept it with dogged stick work.  He really kept on it.

Second was a simple little play but one I almos never saw last year.  Staal gets the puck after a scramble in our zone and with two dudes draped on him just casually skates to the side wall and sends it out.  Think it got iced but in that situation we lose the puck and get hemmed in last year.  He was an Ox and never looked worried.  Still pumped. 

I think the insertion of Ryan into the lineup with really help.  His creativity was missing and his size.  Ive been pumped to see him in the wheel since we got him.

Posted by ThatGuy on 01/15/21 at 01:39 PM ET

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Good stuff, TG.

It’s hard to miss looking at the few recent NHL
players still available as UFAs that, among the top
few, by salary, are Howard, Abdelkader, Ericsson.
Bowey isn’t too far down. I’ve not read of any teams showing
interest in Perlini or Ehn. Daley of course retired after a nice career.
And in fairness I think that was Ericsson’s plan, too.

We were paying pretty hefty salaries to several players no one
else in the league has wanted so far, even at minimum salary.
I’ve not even read of PTOs. That’s not to bash any of these guys,
many of whom I’ve cheered for for years. But it’s a little jarring to see
- no other team really comes within a galaxy of having iced a lineup last season
like that.

So, as much as it will take some time for new guys to mesh, and all to get in true
game shape, we have a roster of legit NHL players. And some, depending on what’s offered at the trade deadline might even be worth bringing back on another short term deal. Stecher seemed like a sneaky good signing from the beginning - more a cap casualty than a player whom Vancouver fans wanted to see leave.

Posted by lefty.30 on 01/15/21 at 03:09 PM ET

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