First Star, Worst Star: February 1, 2015

February 01 2015 10:00AM

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SUPER BOWL WEEKEND!! I hope everyone bought enough tonnage of beer and chips and pizza and wings. It's the one day a year where it's acceptable to eat your weight in deep fried foods and pass out on the toilet by 8PM. But in the mean time, let's check out who was the best, and the best of the worst in the NHL this week!

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Canucks Army GDT #48 - Canucks vs. Wild

That's Offside!
February 01 2015 10:00AM

Welcome to a Super Bowl Sunday edition of your regular Canucks Army GDT (and Thom Drance's official first day as Nation Network Overlord)! With kickoff in Arizona set for 3:30 PM PST, this afternoon's Canucks game has been bumped half an hour earlier to noon Pacific, meaning our coverage today is a bit compressed. Still, we've got you covered.

The Canucks can't afford to be distracted by this afternoon's main event either, as today's game against the Minnesota Wild is critical for burying a would-be playoff contender. Despite sitting in last in the Central division, a loss to the Wild would put Minnesota just 5 points back of the Canucks with over 30 games still to play. And considering that Minnesota may be the most likely team to go on a stretch-drive tear, this is a game Vancouver has to win.

Read past the jump for a preview.

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Nation World HQ
January 31 2015 09:40AM


As you know, our friends at The Royal Half have created a weekly segment known as the Pacific War Room… It's a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover the Pacific Division. Well, those writers have spent another week smashing their faces on their keyboards until something spilled out, and here we are.  Ladies and gentlemen, we present the Pacific War Room.

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Canucks Army Postgame - Falling on Their Own Sword

That's Offside!
January 30 2015 11:13PM

For a brief moment, it appeared as if a flaw had appeared in Tim Murray's master plan. His Sabres, victors of 13 consecutive greatest tank battles, had somehow found themselves ahead 1-0 in the 1st period against the Vancouver Canucks. But General Ted Nolan is nothing if not resilient. He rolled out his armoured division in full power at the start of the second period, ensuring that the fantastic streak of tanking prowess would remain intact.

The Canucks dominated the Sabres for rest of the night, coming away with a 5-2 win. Read past the jump for a recap.

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Robin Brownlee
January 30 2015 03:01PM


Why should the NHL continue to reward the Edmonton Oilers for on-ice failure and organizational ineptitude by giving them a better chance to select the cream of the crop at the Entry Draft while more successful teams line up behind and wait their turn? It shouldn’t.

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