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GAME #21 - Expo Ernie Meets His Match - Canucks @ Flames - 5:00 p.m., SPAC

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03-03-2013, 06:47 PM
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I'm going to watch this to make me feel happy again.

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His point still stands.
the other players who have played poor this season have played well in the past. ballard has played like hot garbage ever since he got here so he isn't going to get the benefit of the doubt.

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It's okay guys, Raymond will score a hat trick tonight.

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03-03-2013, 06:50 PM
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will probably never know why Ballard is hate so much by AV

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this game going on for sure?

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03-03-2013, 06:53 PM
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any words on the forwards

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Over/Under ice time for Barker tonight - 8:33

What have you Nucks fans?

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any words on the forwards
Same lines I'd imagine.

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the other players who have played poor this season have played well in the past. ballard has played like hot garbage ever since he got here so he isn't going to get the benefit of the doubt.
Doesn't seem fair to me. Ballard has been playing well, and been consistent, yet one game and past seasons are reasoning behind him being scratched?

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03-03-2013, 06:55 PM
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this is probably just another experiment game to see how they perform

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let's not act as if this was ballard's first horrid game....
You're talking like he shot the puck into his own net. He had a few giveaways and was on for a couple of goals against where Kassian and Lapierre were standing around with their thumbs up their ***** and not covering their guy.

Ballard his still been on for the 2nd fewest GA/60 min of any Canuck defenseman this year and he's maintained one of the better shot differentials on the team despite starting in his own end more than any defenseman. So for all of his "horrid" play he's still producing good results save for taking too many penalties (and like Alberts is an upgrade in that department).

If they were replacing him with useful players it wouldn't be an issue but they're not. They're using trash like Barker and Alberts, two guys who are lucky to even have NHL contracts.

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The fact that Barker's in over Ballard is a real head-scratcher.
Maybe... I still don't get where all this love for Ballard is coming from. He plays against other teams 3rd and 4th lines. He's hardly an important piece to the pie. We played well against LA and Ballard was on a sofa watching the game.

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we just see how Barker does.......he could be a surprise

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Maybe... I still don't get where all this love for Ballard is coming from. He plays against other teams 3rd and 4th lines. He's hardly an important piece to the pie. We played well against LA and Ballard was on a sofa watching the game.
People aren't complaining because they think he's important. It's because he's been competent while guys like Alberts and Barker are liabilities.

Barker shouldn't have even garnered a contract from the Canucks and the fact that he's being played when there are 7 healthy defensemen is mind numbingly stupid.

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03-03-2013, 07:01 PM
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One would like to think that a game against Calgary could be a nice stepping stone for a struggling defenseman to find his game... Not in AV's house.

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Oh, he'll be a surprise all right...

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the other players who have played poor this season have played well in the past. ballard has played like hot garbage ever since he got here so he isn't going to get the benefit of the doubt.
Why does it matter how he played two years ago? Fact of the matter is, he's been really good this season and there's no way he should be 8th on the depth chart below a guy that got cut from an AHL tryout in December.

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If they were replacing him with useful players it wouldn't be an issue but they're not. They're using trash like Barker and Alberts, two guys who are lucky to even have NHL contracts.
This is the outstanding issue in my opinion. We're putting in some pretty low-end players to replace Ballard, and that just results in more minutes and pressure on our top 4. Who are already playing the second night of a back to back straight off the airplane.

Nobody will convince me we are a better team with borderline AHL defenseman Cam Barker in the line-up over Ballard.

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03-03-2013, 07:02 PM
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One would like to think that a game against Calgary could be a nice stepping stone for a struggling defenseman to find his game... Not in AV's house.
Maybe that defenseman's name is Barker and not Ballard?

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03-03-2013, 07:02 PM
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People aren't complaining because they think he's important. It's because he's been competent while guys like Alberts and Barker are liabilities.

Barker shouldn't have even garnered a contract from the Canucks and the fact that he's being played when there are 7 healthy defensemen is mind numbingly stupid.
So says you. I think some of you must have missed the last game Ballard played in... or the 2 before that. The guy gives up the puck in his own zone more than any other Canuck Dman. The only person to blame for Ballard sitting is Ballard himself.

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03-03-2013, 07:05 PM
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Over/Under ice time for Barker tonight - 8:33

What have you Nucks fans?
Well he's apparently paired with Edler, so he'll probably get a fair bit of time.

Either that or the other main guys will get overplayed to keep the scrubs' minutes down. Not exactly a recipe for success when you have an injury prone defense and are playing on the 2nd half of a back to back.

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So we have 5 LHD and 1 RHD in tonight?

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Over/Under ice time for Barker tonight - 8:33

What have you Nucks fans?
Over. Definitely over.

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Honestly..AV really must dislike Ballard. Something else has to be going on..trade or something? Based on his play all season he had maybe 1-2 tough games but so has everyone else. He has been solid with Tanev..and its not like Alberts is really much more physical than Ballard. I can sort of accept Alberts playing over Ballard, but really..Barker...really...Cam ****ing Barker..

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