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.
March 05 2015 01:45PM
The Vancouver Canucks will look to bounce back from a humbling 6-2 loss earlier this week against the San Jose Sharks, and they've got something of a gimme on the docket in the Arizona Coyotes.
Sellers at the recent NHL trade deadline, the Coyotes have subtracted a whole mess of key contributors from their lineup recently including Antoine Vermette, Zybnek Michalek, Keith Yandle. Perhaps most importantly from a Canucks perspective: serial injurer of Canucks player Martin Hanzal is on Injured Reserve.
Vancouver has struggled against bottom feeders over the past month. Can they get back on track against a club that's squarely eyeing the McEichel lottery?
March 05 2015 08:00AM
The Canucks had a reasonably interesting hockey week, but none of them are threatening to fight fans over Instagram, so in the grand scheme of things it's been pretty chill.
March 04 2015 08:16PM
In the fall, I asked an NHL scout about the CHL's western league and was informed it was a 'down year' and there might not be a Top 10 overall selection in the WHL. Six months later? Ivan Provorov has changed the landscape.
March 04 2015 02:01PM
Courtesy of Sarah Hobday
We are back with another edition of the Canucks Weekly Prospect Report where I dig into all the latest stats, rumours, gossip, news, achievements, and even made up stories from around the different junior hockey leagues. We look into the play of all (non-AHL) Canucks prospects from the CHL, NCAA, Europe, and even the ECHL.
Without further ado, continue past the jump to see what went down!