March 04 2015 11:00AM
February may well have been the most impressive month of the Canucks season so far. They managed an 8-6 record, their best month since November, despite missing significant time from three quarters of their top four defense (Bieksa, Tanev, Elder), their second line center (Nick Bonino), their starting goalie (Ryan Miller), a top six winger (Alex Burrows), and bottom six center (Brad Richardson). Considering they only managed a .500 record in December and January despite having a relatively healthy roster, February's results are reason for excitement.
March 04 2015 08:00AM
Jacob Markstrom made his season debut for the Vancouver Canucks, and it didn't exactly go as planned. The home side lost 6-2 to the visitors from NoCal, taking a sizable bite out of their lead in the Pacific.
Our 16-bit recap is after the jump!
March 03 2015 11:40PM
You have to imagine Jacob Markstrom envisioned a more triumphant return to the big leagues. Surrendering three goals on his first four shots, the towering Swede did nothing to ease concerns about his delayed transition from AHL stud to NHL regular. Down three goals less than 10-minutes into tonight's contest, Vancouver had quite the hole to dig themselves from.
Mounting a second period push, the Canucks were able to drag this game back into the realm of respectability. A pair of goals from Henrik Sedin made things close, drawing the Canucks within a goal of their razor-toothed, ocean-dwelling counterparts. The comeback came to a screeching halt thereafter, with a Daniel Sedin turnover resulting in a Matt Nieto goal from the slot. Two empty-netters later, the Sharks left Rogers Arena on the winning side of a 6-2 final.
I thought when Markstrom let in three goals on the first four shots he faced, that really put the Canucks in a hole.— Jason Brough (@JasonPHT) March 4, 2015
March 03 2015 05:02PM
The Vancouver Canucks will take on a San Jose Sharks team that has generally flattened them when the two sides have met in recent years.
Both clubs are aging and for years were perennially among the league's elite. Where the Canucks appear to have gelled this season though, the Sharks are awash in dysfunction and seem likely to miss the postseason. Should San Jose lose tonight, their outlook will get rather bleak, so expect a desperate team. Expect a tired one also, as the Sharks shutout the Montreal Canadiens 4-0 in Northern California last night.
March 03 2015 12:12PM
When the Vancouver Canucks reassigned Frank Corrado to the Utica Comets on Sunday night, it seemed likely that he was going to stay there for a while.
The 21-year-old defenseman, who has played very well in limited action with the Canucks this season, hasn't played since February 1 due to injury. That the club sent him down a day before the trade deadline - which is also the day before the American Hockey League's playoff eligibility deadline - suggested that this wasn't just a paper move, and indeed it was reported as a bona fide reassignment by Sportsnet's Dan Murphy.
Well now it seems that Corrado will play some games and log some ice-time for the Canucks over the balance of the regular season, as he's been recalled from Utica, the club announced Tuesday. This is a strange one, and I'll explain why after the jump.