First Star, Worst Star: February 8, 2015

February 08 2015 11:07AM


We're close to 3/4 of the way through the season, the playoff race is heating up, games are becoming more meaningful by the day, and Oiler and Leaf fans are making plans for their annual No-Playoffs Spring. And since it's the first Sunday without any football to distract us why don't you go ahead and use this weeks First Star, Worst Star to ignore your family! 

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Canucks Army Midterm Prospect Rankings: 12th-10th

Josh W
February 08 2015 10:00AM

Here at Canucks Army, we love three things more than anything in the world: prospects, prospect rankings, and whining about prospect rankings.  Every summer we vote on and rank the top-20 Canucks prospects to take stock of what's in the system, and every summer we hear vocal complaints from our readers they disagree with our rankings.

So this year, in our mid-term ranking, we gave you the chance to vote on prospects and have a say on these players.  Since our summer rankings, we've simplified the definition of "prospect" to any player in the Vancouver Canucks' system that is eligible for the Calder Trophy if they were to play in the NHL this year.  This means that players like Linden Vey and Joacim Eriksson who were not rated over the summer will be covered in this series.

Without further adieu, here are the Canucks prospects that were rated 12th to 10th.

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Nation World HQ
February 08 2015 07:30AM


Another week is in the books, and that means it's time for another edition of the Pacific War Room. What is the Pacific War Room? Each week, our friends at the Royal Half round up a summary of the week that was from the best and brightest bloggers from around the Pacific Division.

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Canucks Army Postgame: March of the Penguins

J.D. Burke
February 07 2015 11:36PM

For the third time this week, the Vancouver Canucks played host to a club on the second half of a road back-to-back. In all three instances their opponents had just played in Calgary the night before, and for the second time this week, the Canucks came out on top. Tonight they did so in convincing fashion, pummeling the Pittsburgh Penguins to the tune of a 5-0 victory.

It was enough to see the Canucks finish their home stand an even .500. Not exactly ideal, but far from disastrous. The bottom-six led the way offensively and a relatively unchallenged Ryan Miller shut the door when necessary. 

Lets break it all down on the other side of the jump.

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Circumstances Mounting Against a Return to the Post-Season

J.D. Burke
February 07 2015 03:30PM

The Vancouver Canucks' hot start, which saw them competing neck-and-neck with the Anaheim Ducks for the division lead in the earlier parts of the season, seemed enough to all but guarantee a playoff berth. The underlying numbers were far from flattering and Ryan Miller's play at times abysmal, but the torrid scoring pace of the Canucks three third-lines was enough to mask these deficiencies on a nightly basis. 

It's been a complete reversal of fortunes since. From about December onward, the Canucks secondary scoring has all but disappeared. In that stretch, the Canucks are 11-12-2. A team that had begun the season winning in spite of their netminder has since relied on him. And when Miller isn't going, things get ugly. 

I'm becoming less convinced that this club can keep their head above water as the season winds down. Lets take a look at why on the other side of the jump.

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