November 25 2013 12:06PM
Let's hope for everyone's sake that Linden doesn't have his Vey with the Canucks again.
If you'll recall it was actually a 5-1 beatdown at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings back on November 9th which started this recent slide for the Canucks. Maybe you don't recall that, because you've perfected the art of blocking things like that from your memory as a coping mechanism. But let me assure you that it happened.
Why am I bringing that up? Well, other than being a mean jerk, I also think that the last few weeks have provided a relevant reassurance of what we already knew. Heading into that particular game the Kings were a team that was struggling to score goals, and as a result were held a 10-6 record. They were the league's 2nd best Corsi Close team (at 56.7%), though, which led us to believe that they were far better than they appeared to be at first glance. Since then they've gone 5-0-3 - despite not having their $58 million goaltender - en route to climbing up the standings in the West.
A really good possession team that can't score and hasn't found a way to win very many games lately.. that sounds vaguely familiar, no? Read on past the jump for a preview of tonight's divisional tilt.
November 24 2013 12:40AM
It's November 22nd, approximately 10:00 PM. The Canucks have just finished a 6-2 rout of the Columbus Blue Jackets, featuring goals from five different scorers. Finally, scoring! Positive regression! And with the hated Chicago Blackhawks coming to town tomorrow, busting this tremendous funk comes at the perfect time.
Fast forward 24 hours, and the picture is significantly less warm and fuzzy and wonderful. Once again, the Canucks peppered a goalie with more than 30 shots and failed to score more than a single goal. Meanwhile, a brief lapse in concentration led to two rapid Blackhawk goals, turning a 1-0 lead into a 2-1 defecit in less than 10 seconds. On the balance it was a solid effort, especially against a Chicago team that's arguably been the most dominant in the NHL once again this season, but an inability to put more than a single puck behind the NHL's 30th ranked goalie in save percentage cost them more points in the standings. For a more detailed look at the game, read past the jump.
November 23 2013 02:25PM
All is forgiven, Ryan.
If you sat through a large chunk of the Canucks games over the past two weeks or so, I sure hope you were around for last night's pay-off when the team snapped out of its scoring funk. They lit the lamp 6 times against a hapless Columbus Blue Jackets squad, finally converting their gaudy shot totals into some goals.
Now, the naysayers will be quick to point out that it came against a team that's not very good, and that's totally fair. There's no question that they took advantage of the situation on Friday night, but it's still a better alternative than what happened a few nights before against the Panthers. Conveniently enough the Canucks won't have to wait long to test their mettle against a better team, with Ryan Stanton's former team coming into town for a main event showdown on Saturday night.
November 22 2013 11:24PM
Image via @CanuckClay
There has to be someone out there who saw a Vancouver Canucks game for the 1st time - either this season, or ever - on Friday, November 22nd, and thinks that the team he watched is an offensive juggernaut. Good luck convincing that person that's not the case, following the 6-goal explosion for the Canucks against a badly depleted Columbus Blue Jackets squad.
For at least 21 hours or so, all is good in Vancouver. Maybe these positive feelings will last even longer if their opponent on Saturday night dabbles in some Roxy action on their night off.
Read on past the jump for a recap of a game which was significantly more viewer-friendly than I anticipated it would be.
November 22 2013 12:09PM
I guess one potential positive stemming from the recent woes for the Canucks is that people won't run with the narrative of the "trap game" if they don't put together a good performance on Friday night against the Blue Jackets. Sure, they've got the Blackhawks and Kings on their schedule in the next handful of days, but at this point, who are the Canucks to be looking past an opponent? They just got it handed to 'em by the Florida Panthers on their home ice.
The positives? The Columbus Blue Jackets aren't a very good hockey team themselves. They're 8-11-3, and recently lost 7-0 to the Edmonton Oilers. The West has owned the East this year, and that trend has held true for the Canucks, who are 7-3-2 against the other conference.
The negatives? Well, you know them by now. The Canucks can't buy a goal to save their collective lives, yadi yadi yada. If you're looking for some entertainment on a Friday night, you might want to look elsewhere, because this one was the makings of an absolute snoozer..