April 05 2013 11:44AM
Focus, Kassian, FOCUS. (Photo: Rich Lam)
This is a regular Friday feature combining a healthy mixture of observation, analysis, and foresight on the Vancouver Canucks. If you'd like to get at me about anything covered in this column, follow me on Twitter at @yyjordan and let's start a textual relationship (wink).
April 05 2013 12:58AM
I feel like this photo does a fairly adequate job of summing up Thursday night's game.
Photo Credit: Jeff Vinnick.
Heading into Thursday night's game, the Edmonton Oilers had won 5 games in a row, outscoring their opposition 25-7 during the streak. Once you combine that with the fact that the Oilers - a franchise that hadn't even sniffed anything resembling (non-draft related) success over the past few years - were sitting in 8th place, naturally their fans were beginning to get a little rowdy. If you don't believe me, check the comments section of the preview for this one.
As you may have expected, things got awfully quiet on that front as the game went along. The Canucks came out of the gate with a strong first period, and really sustained it throughout without any real hiccups along the way. The final result was a sound 4-0 beating, which made amends for the thrashing the Oilers dished out last Saturday night.
Read on Past the Jump for Analysis, and Scoring Chance Data.
April 04 2013 04:47PM
It wasn't one of Mike Gillis' better days as GM of the Vancouver Canucks.
Not because he didn't make a big splash during the NHL's annual trade frenzysteriavaganzular.
After all, he did his best to address the Canucks' biggest needs the day before when he picked up a quality 2nd/3rd line centre in Derek Roy, inked versatile winger Chris Higgins to a very serviceable contract extention, and was in the running for hard-nosed winger Ryane Clowe righte up untile the laste minute.
No, Gillis' failure on Wednesday was more about not meeting the needs of Roberto Luongo than those of his hockey club. He compounded that failure by not living up to the heightened expectations set by both he and Gilman the day before.
More after the jumpe (but last extra 'e', I promise).
April 04 2013 01:52PM
Last time out, Taylor Hall had his way with the Canucks en route to a quick hat-trick.
I guess you could say the two teams going up against each other at Rogers Arena on Thursday night are heading into the game going in different directions. Which to me, is funny, because the team that has their fans feeling pessimistic has earned 5 points more than the one that has their's suddenly feeling cocky, through the same number of games, despite missing a whole whack of key pieces. It's all about perception and expectations...
The Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers - the two squads I was referring to in the paragraph above, obviously - do battle for the fourth time this season. You'll note that the game starts 30 minutes later than the usual start time for home games (7:30 PM PST); it's Canucks for Kids Fund Telethon night!
More on what should be a good game just after the jump.
April 04 2013 11:29AM
It has been rumoured for months that the Canucks would attempt to supplant the Abbotsford Heat with their own AHL affiliate in the Fraser Valley. That chatter has picked up steam recently as the Team 1040's Tom Mayenknecht reported that the Canucks would purchase the Peoria Rivermen (which did happen earlier this week) with an eye on moving them to some local destination (preferably Abbotsford).
The stumbling block has long been the presence of the Calgary Flames, who are in the third year of a ten year lease agreement with the city of Abbotsford. From the sounds of it - though, of course we should take such statements with a dumptruck load of salt - the Flames don't exactly sound eager to facilitate the deal.
Read on past the jump.