March 06 2015 09:00AM
Since the beginning of the season, it's often been mentioned that this Canucks team had three third lines. The Sedins are still first liners, but Nick Bonino didn't seem like a typical second line centreman, while a promising rookie like Bo Horvat should possess more talent than your average 4th liner.
But has this forecast turned out to be true? Have the Canucks depth forwards all performed like third liners? Continue past the jump as we evaluate the even-strength performance of all Canucks forwards thus far.
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March 06 2015 06:15AM
All your post trade deadline news, Maple Leafs drama, Giordano's Norris chances squashed, the Oilers GM, new players on new teams and more in this week's Roundup.
March 06 2015 01:36AM
I feel bad for Eddie Lack.....dude gets no goal support and hung out to dry more nights than he deserves... pic.twitter.com/7sicxzKNXY— Cory (@nine30shineshop) March 6, 2015
The Arizona Coyotes have gone full-Rommel, trading any asset with some semblance of value to ensure an uglier now that helps secure a brighter tomorrow. These Panzers are facing off with Buffalo's Shermans in the ultimate battle for first pick between Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. They have the worst starting goaltender in the league. Their first line center in Kyle Chipchura - he of the waiver wire trip as recently as December.
So it is strangely fitting that the Canucks were shut out for the first two and a half periods of this hockey game. To Vancouver's credit, they mounted a last second push to knot things up at two by regulations end, before dropping tonight's contest in the shootout, 3-2.
There's not a whole lot to talk about, but what little there is will all be covered, on the other side of the jump.
March 05 2015 10:10PM
Eddie Lack did his best, but couldn't overcome a lacklustre Canucks effort in the desert as the throwback Arizona Coyotes outlasted the visiting Canucks for a 3-2 win in a shootout.
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March 05 2015 03:00PM
For much of the year the Vancouver Canucks have killed penalties with the ruthlessness one might expect of the Tilikum on their sweater.
Vancouver's 4-on-5 play has been a major strength of the club this season. While the Sedins have been super proficient on the power play, the rest of the team has brought Vancouver down to about average. Needless to say the Canucks' 5-on-5 play has left something to be desired, as the team has been both out-scored and out-possessed at even strength.
An elite penalty kill has helped Vancouver keep their goals against down and their total goal differential in the positive side of the ledger all season, and this was largely thanks to their top defensive tandem of Alex Edler and Chris Tanev. Yet with the Canucks allowing only two power-play goals against in their last 10 games, has their absence really had any influence on the Canucks' penalty killing? Read past the jump to find out.