February 16 2015 11:15PM
The Vancouver Canucks and their patchwork defense-corps narrowly held on to a critical 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night. The regulation loss snapped Minnesota's 10-game point streak.
Missing their entire top-pair, the Canucks played one of their best games of the season - from an energy standpoint, from an entertainment standpoint, and from a "legitimately out-possessing a high quality opponent" standpoint.
And in the end, as the clock wound down and a chaotic goalmouth scramble raged, Eddie Lack maintained his composure, securing the Canucks two points and, more importantly, securing 26-year-old journeyman defender Alex Biega a game-winning goal in his NHL debut.
February 16 2015 07:30PM
Who needs healthy defensemen anyway?
The Vancouver Canucks will be without three of their top-four blue-liners on Monday night when they host the Minnesota Wild, as it has become apparent that defenseman Chris Tanev - who didn't take to the ice for the warmup skate - will not play.
26-year-old former Harvard Crimson captain Alex Biega will make his NHL debut in Tanev's stead, while Luca Sbisa presumably jumps up onto the Canucks' top-pair. It could be a long night.
February 16 2015 02:30PM
Chris Tanev is going to get paid.
The Vancouver Canucks have been in negotiations with the 25-year-old first pairing defenseman's representatives since late January. This past week, general manager Jim Benning provided an update, suggesting in an appearance on TSN 1040 that contract talks had been productive so far.
"We’ll keep down that path," Benning said, per NicholsonHockey.com, "and hopefully we’ll get something done here sooner rather than later."
Tanev is arbitration eligible and will be a restricted free agent for the next two years, so the two sides have plenty of time to come to a long-term agreement. The question is: what should that agreement look like?
February 16 2015 01:08PM
After a disappointing 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Saturday, the Canucks are back looking to pull ahead of their Western conference rivals in the chase for the final playoff spots in the Pacific. They missed a chance to go 4 points up on both the Flames and Wild, and now find themselves in a position where a loss tonight could put them outside the playoff picture by tomorrow morning.
As if that wasn't enough, they'll be playing tonight without arguably their best defenseman against the hottest team in the NHL. Read past the jump for a preview.
February 16 2015 09:00AM
The Canucks went 2-2-0 against the Wild, Blackhawks, Bruins, and Flames and you'll never guess which teams they beat.