Analysis of the Canucks recent slump…Rating Alexei Emelin’s NHL rookie season…Is the Blue Jackets recent run a good or bad thing?…Why it’s only coincidence the Bruins have played poorly since their White House visit…Absurd Goalie Monday…How to be a good road fan.

CANUCKS CORNER: Tom Benjamin dismisses the over-reaction of a Vancouver pundit toward the Canucks’ recent slide, suggesting the best course of action is to follow the lead of head coach Alain Vigneault and be patient and upbeat.

Emelin showing considerable promise this season.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: K. Ross Read asks if Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin the best first-year player in the NHL. He’s not, but he has consider skill, maturity and promise, and Read is right when he suggests the Canadiens lock Emelin up to a long-term deal.

THE SPORTS BANK: Ed Cmar ponders if the Columbus Blue Jackets recent run of wins is a good or bad thing At this point, they’ll probably take any good fortune they can get.

BACKHAND SHELF: Cam Charron points out it’s coincidental the Boston Bruins have performed poorly since their visit to the White House, and not any curse President Obama put upon them for Tim Thomas snubbing the event.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz with another installment of “Absurd Goalie Monday”. This week: the well-traveled Eddie Mio, who was also best man for Wayne Gretzky at the latter’s wedding.

DOWN GOES AVERY: How to be a good road fan at an NHL game.