January 16 2017 09:00AM
I'm back with another weekly schedule, checking out what's to come in the week ahead for all the Canucks players, affiliates and prospects, as well as a few games to take note of that involve both Canucks prospects and players eligible for the 2017 NHL draft, for those looking to kill two or more birds with one stone in your viewings.
Lets jump right into it.
January 15 2017 09:38PM
The only thing more certain in life than death and taxes is a boring matinee game between the Canucks and Devils. This was low-event hockey at it's finest, with each team registering just 22 shots apiece. So you just knew it had to go to overtime.
Even Henrik Sedin didn't mince words about tonight's game.
Henrik - "That was like watching paint dry for a bit." #Canucks— Irfaan Gaffar (@sportsnetirf) January 16, 2017
I think the more passionate among us forget at times that sports are supposed to be fun. They're primarily an entertainment property. Unfortunately, tonight's game did not meet the threshold of activity necessary to be described as entertaining. This team has done a lot of losing over the past 18 months. It's shame they can't at least do it in an engaging manner.
January 15 2017 03:00PM
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January 15 2017 01:53PM
The Canucks have performed a bit better than people expected. They've been in more games, their defense has improved and their wild card players (Baertschi, Granlund etc.) have performed as well or better than expected. Coupled with the highly competitive Western Conference, the Canucks are right in the thick of things for a wild card spot.
With that in mind, I asked both the writers and the readers for their input on where they think they'll end up. Here's what they think!
January 15 2017 12:04PM
After going on a roll last week and winning six straight games, the Canucks got a brief taste of what it's like to be a playoff team. However, they now see themselves on the outside looking in after losing all three games on their road trip. They collected two of a possible six points but were able to score an out-of-the-ordinary four goals on Thursday. On the bright side, Bo Horvat is an NHL All-Star!
With that said, let's dive into this week's activities.