Canucks Player Power Rankings - April 20th, 2015

Grainne Downey
April 20 2015 07:00PM

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The 44 year old Vancouver Canucks franchise played two good games this week and a bad game this week but are down by a game to 18 year old Sam Bennett and his Calgary Flames. You might even say that Vancouver is getting blazed! Or something. Cause it's 4/20 and they're playing against the Flames. No? Ok.

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Why Alex Burrows' Automatic Suspension Wasn't Automatic At All

That's Offside!
April 20 2015 05:30PM

Late Monday morning, reports surfaced that Canucks agitator Alex Burrows would not be suspended for his role in Sunday night's late-game fireworks. Burrows took a run at Johnny Gaudreau, similar to the one that Flames rookie Michael Ferland took at Luca Sbisa, and then was perhaps a little over-eager to defend himself when Kris Russell skated in to defend his teammate.

Burrows was assessed an instigator penalty on the play, and by the letter of the law, this meant that Burrows would automatically be suspended for game 4 of the Canucks-Flames series. Certainly, certain Flames media types were convinced that there was "nothing the NHL could do" to overturn this ruling, but as we saw just one day prior and were reminded by this morning's news, the automatic suspension is overturned all the time.

So with that in mind, let's go back and look at what a player actually has to do to be suspended for instigating a fight in the final five minutes of a hockey game.

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The Injury Bug: Is Zack Kassian Out for the Season?

That's Offside!
April 20 2015 12:47PM

Injury Bug

It seems like it's been months since we last saw Zack Kassian.

The mercurial winger has had his ups and downs in 2014-2015, spending much of the first half of the season in the coaches' doghouse before finding a home with the Sedins on Vancouver's first line, but has since completely dropped off the face of the Earth with a reported back injury.

The Canucks have kept completely silent about the nature of Kassian's ailment, but rumblings from those supposedly in the know are starting to suggest that it's pretty severe and the big winger isn't due back any time soon. In fact, he may be completely done for the foreseeable future.

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Report: Alex Burrows will not be suspended for instigating late fight with Kris Russell

Thomas Drance
April 20 2015 11:12AM

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An eye for an eye. Tit for tat. Rescinded instigator penalty for rescinded instigator penalty (although technically the league has decided not to rescind Alex Burrows' instigator, they just won't enforce his suspension).

Anyway it would appear that Vancouver Canucks forward Burrows will not be receiving a one-game suspension for instigating a fight with Calgary Flames defenseman Kris Russell late in Sunday night's Game 3, despite his having clearly, y'know, instigated the fight. The news comes courtesy Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

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Canucks Army Postgame: Extinguished

J.D. Burke
April 20 2015 09:00AM

Looking to build on their hard fought, dominating victory that kicked off the weekend, Vancouver took the fight to Calgary playing the role of visitor in the most inhospitable "Sea of Red" - Or the "C of Red" if you're into that kind of thing. The environment was electric and the Flames play didn't lag far behind. Using the home crowd to fuel a second period rush, Calgary put their foot to the pedal and didn't let up. 

Eddie Lack was peppered with shots, the Canucks D were under siege physically and the offense mustered almost nothing in the way of a decent scoring chance. When the dust settled, the boys in blue left tonight's contest losers of a 4-2 contest and down 2-1 in the series. 

Find out where it all went wrong, on the other side of the jump.

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