NHL: Canucks Projections – The Second Liners
by PlayNow Sports in hockey, nhl

BY THOMAS DRANCE

Continuing on with our Canucks Projections project, we take a look at the second-liners – a group of players with a good deal more uncertainty in their projections than the Sedin twins have.

RYAN KESLER
We’ll start with Ryan Kesler, who will be out to start the season, and no one seems to be sure when he’ll be back (a matter that has previously caused me concern). I was in a similar situation when running these projections last year and ultimately guessed that Kesler would miss […]


NHL: Who Wins The Vezina Trophy?
by PlayNow Sports in hockey, nhl

BY JEFF ANGUS

Henrik Lundqvist, inarguably the best goaltender in hockey, finally captured his first Vezina Trophy last season. The Vezina is awarded to the league’s top goaltender, and Lundqvist beat out Pekka Rinne and Jonathan Quick for the award (although Quick won some more important hardware last year – the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe as playoff MVP).

Lundqvist is a heavy favourite to repeat as the Vezina winner this season, and for good reason. He is in his prime, the Rangers are arguably the best team in […]


NHL: Canucks Projections – The Sedins
by PlayNow Sports in hockey, nhl

BY THOMAS DRANCE

Today, exclusively at PlayNow Sports, I am kicking off my Canucks season preview – and how sweet it is.

Last season I undertook to try and predict Vancouver Canucks goal totals in advance of the season, and I actually did really well. Just to toot my own horn, going to the spreadsheet I used and comparing it with the actual results: I had the Canucks scoring 57 power-play goals (they scored 57), I had them potting 178 goals at even-strength (they managed 177) and I had them marked down for […]


NHL: A Look At The Canucks Northwest Division Domination – Part II
by PlayNow Sports in hockey, nhl

BY THOMAS DRANCE

The mood amongst the Canucks fans I chat with regularly seems to be more pessimistic than usual headed into the 2013 season. From the injury status of Ryan Kesler (and now David Booth?), to doubts about the quality of the clubs blue-line to a general sense of impatience regarding a presumably forthcoming Luongo trade: it seems that many folks find themselves doubting that the Canucks are legitimate contenders this season, with many even wondering if Vancouver can emerge as Northwest Division champions this season. Yesterday, in part […]


NHL: Who Wins The Norris Trophy?
by PlayNow Sports in football, nfl

BY JEFF ANGUS

The Norris Trophy is awarded each season to the best defenseman in the NHL. There is often a disagreement with regards to this award and how it is voted upon, as voting tends to favour defensemen who also contribute significantly in the way of goals and assists. There has even been some thought to create a second award to recognize the top defensive defensemen in the league, but nothing has come to fruition just yet.

Last season, Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson won Norris after a dominant offensive season. […]


NHL: Who Wins The Art Ross?
by PlayNow Sports in hockey, nhl

BY JEFF ANGUS

Since Jaromir Jagr won his fourth consecutive Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s regular season scoring leader in 2001, the award has had nine different winners in 10 seasons (Evgeni Malkin has won it twice – 2009 and 2012). Before the 2000-01 season, the award was won by one of Jagr, Wayne Gretzky, or Mario Lemieux in every season from 1980-81 onwards. Three different winners in 20 years – it sure would have been a lot easier to pick a winner back then.

With that in mind, […]


NHL: A Look At The Canucks Northwest Division Domination – Part I
by PlayNow Sports in hockey, nhl

BY THOMAS DRANCE

Over the past several seasons, the Canucks (-172 to Win the Northwest Division) have grown fat feeding off the ruinous mediocrity in the Northwest Division. Since 2009-10, only two other Northwest Division teams have made the playoffs, and both were in 2009-10 when the Calgary Flames and the Colorado Avalanche snuck into the dance and were unceremonious thumped in their respective first round series’. The last two years, the moribund Northwest has been the Canucks for the taking, and they’ve taken nearly 80% of the available points […]


The Inside Slant With Geroy Simon – Ep19
by PlayNow Sports in football, nfl, videos

The NFL Divisional Playoffs are here! In what many consider to be the best weekend of football action each season, this weekend’s matchups are shaping up to live up to that billing. There are legends, rookies and perennial playoff disappointments all facing off this weekend and Geroy will give you his picks and the Inside Slant on all the weekends action as teams continue their march to New Orleans.

And speaking of New Orleans, PlayNow Sports is giving you the chance to win the Ultimate Sports Den and watch […]


NFL: Divisional Round Weekend Playbook
by PlayNow Sports in football, nfl

BY THOMAS DRANCE

Last week Indianapolis’ Luck ran out; tragedy befell the most engaging, exciting NFL rookie in a generation; Joe Webb made us all laugh; and only the hardest of hardcore football fans watched the entirety of Texans v. Bengals. Also I went four for four in my Wild-Card round (most of them were layups though) piece last week!

This week I have listed the games in order of “how excited I am to watch them”, starting with my lowest level of excitement to the final game being that […]


NHL: The Four Biggest Questions In The Eastern Conference
by PlayNow Sports in hockey, nhl

BY JEFF ANGUS

Yesterday we covered the Four Biggest Questions in the Western Conference, and today we turn our sights East, and there sure is a lot to look at: The Carolina Hurricanes made some major waves last summer with a few big acquisitions. And not to be outdone, the New York Rangers may have stole the show with their trade for Rick Nash. And the Canadian teams continue to retool in hopes of a playoff run.

4. Will anyone other than Crosby or Malkin win the Art Ross? (Crosby to […]