November 27 2015 11:22AM
The last time the Canucks faced off in Dallas, there was a certain je ne sais quoi about the music selection throughout the 2nd period. Amusing? Yes. Annoying? Depends. Vancouver was OT'd in Dallas last time around but don't expect this previously lost Canucks team to dwell on that. The Canucks have 2 wins in their last 3 games and are starting to see results from their efforts. Goodbye Nickelback, hello Drake...No, wait, Tom Cochrane. No sorry again, um...Bieb...OK just watch the game.
November 27 2015 08:51AM
Photo Credit: Bob Frid/USA TODAY Sports
It's U.S. Thanksgiving weekend, and the Vancouver Canucks are in position to make the playoffs.
For all the challenges the Canucks have faced through their first 23 games, that's not a bad start for a group that got no respect from the prognosticators in preseason polls. Here's a sample of some of those expert opinions:
The Score - Justin Bourne - sixth in Pacific Division
The Hockey News - sixth in Pacific Division
Sportsnet - Stephen Burtch using analytics model - 12th in Western Conference
Bleacher Report - I went out on a limb and pegged the Canucks for fifth place in the Pacific Division
I gave the Canucks a little more credit than most of the other writers here, but I bought in to the popular beliefs that the Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames would be the class of the Pacific and that the Arizona Coyotes were at least one more year away from icing a competitive group.
As it stands right now, those three teams are the biggest threats to Vancouver's playoff status at season's end.
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November 27 2015 06:45AM
Where will Travis Hamonic land, Forbes comes out with the latest team values, Leafs and Canucks still dreaming of players coming home in 2016, teams a quarter of the way into the season, TJ Brodie won't be traded, trading Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in Oil country, two stars drop the mitts, fantasy hockey and more in this weeks Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
November 26 2015 11:17AM
We are back with another week of the weekly prospect report. There's much to be excited about with Brock Boeser and Thatcher Demko in the NCAA, Carl Neill in the CHL, Anton Rodin and Nikita Tryamkin in Europe and even Dane Fox in the ECHL having a great week. Without waiting too long, let's dig into what they have done!
November 25 2015 07:55PM
Don't let the scoreline confuse you, in between the five goals in this game was a whole lot of boring hockey. But what happened on the scoreboard is a good thing for Canucks fans. Of course, the 3-2 win is enough to warm your heart on this cold Wednesday night, but Radim Vrbata notched two goals for the Canucks, finally breaking out of his slump and showing glimpses of the form he possessed for the majority of the 2014-15 campaign.