December 18 2014 12:18AM
Tonight seemed as good an opportunity as any for Vancouver to recapture some of the offensive flare that was so pivotal in driving their success from earlier this season. They had finally been given a large enough cushion from their grueling season-long road trip to ditch the exhaustion excuse. A repeat affair of Saturday night wouldn't be accepted.
Further to that point, even in the golden era of Lindy Ruff's brief tenure as the Stars bench boss they've more or less thrown defensive hockey to the wayside. This year it's doubly so, with Dallas icing a lineup that consistently includes at least two rookie defenceman. They've also been victimized by even-strength goaltending nearly as bad as Vancouver's.
Alas, it wasn't to be. For every Vancouver push, there was a response from Kari Lehtonen. It didn't take much for the Stars to win this one, as they got the one fluky goal past Eddie Lack and sealed the deal with an empty-netter, securing the 2-0 victory.
Read past the jump for a recap.
December 17 2014 03:26PM
After a few days off to rest and reflect on the embarrassing 5-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday night, the Canucks are finally back in action to take on the Dallas Stars in the second game of their four game pre-Christmas home stand. After being atop the NHL standings less than two weeks ago, their short 4-game losing skid has dropped the Canucks to within just two points of the final playoff spot in the West. They have also dropped 5 games in a row against the struggling Dallas Stars, so the Canucks are surely keen to snap a couple of bad streaks and put some more daylight between themselves and the Flames and Wild.
Read past the jump for a preview of tonight's game.
December 17 2014 09:30AM
The Canucks prospects are back again for the weekly edition of the Canucks Army Prospect Report, where we bring you all the latest in Canucks prospects news. Many prospects are starting to prepare for the World Juniors while some of them are "studying" for final exams.
As always, we have all the latest in prospect news and notes for you just past the jump.
December 16 2014 04:30PM
The writers at this site savaged Vancouver's new management team when - on July 1, 2014 - freshly minted Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning plunged head first into the free agent market to hand out a three-year, $18-million contract to aging unrestricted free agent goaltender Ryan Miller.
I didn't hate the deal quite so much at the time. Having watched Eddie Lack break down towards the tail end of last season, I didn't think it was wise for the club to to dole him out a workhorse starter's workload. Looking over Jakob Markstrom's numbers over the past few seasons at the NHL-level, meanwhile, I didn't think he was a particularly good bet to credibly spell Lack for 30-35 NHL games.
But Ryan Miller is struggling. Plain and simple, he's struggling to the extreme. Let's take a closer look on the other side of the jump.
December 16 2014 02:41PM
Some Vancouver Canucks prospect news broke this afternoon when it was announced that G Thatcher Demko had been traded... in the WHL. The 19-year old netminder previously had his junior rights held by the Spokane Chiefs, but was dealt to the Calgary Hitmen. So does this mean that Demko is leaving the NCAA and coming north?
Read past the jump for the answer.