First Star, Worst Star: December 7, 2014

jeanshorts
December 07 2014 07:30AM

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Death, taxes, and the Oilers never winning a game. Some things in life are certain, just like I'm certain that it's time once again for another edition of First Star, Worst Star. 

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Canucks Army Postgame: Big Smoke'd

J.D. Burke
December 06 2014 08:37PM

Well, that was ugly. The Canucks were scored on early and often and in waves from the Leafs bottom-six forwards, and never recovered. It was a night to forget for Ryan Miller, who was pulled on the fourth goal of the night for the Leafs, that came on just the 14th shot he faced. Toronto would add another empty-netter to skate away with a 5-2 victory over the Canucks. 

See how it all went down on the other side of the jump.

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Canucks Army GDT #27 - Canucks @ Maple Leafs

J.D. Burke
December 06 2014 03:04PM

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Randy Carlyle caught game-planning for the Canucks

The Canucks look to build on their road success this afternoon against the middling Toronto Maple Leafs, in a matinee match-up underneath the bright Saturday light of Hockey Night in Canada. It will be the first of three straight games against Eastern Canadian teams on the road. If the Canucks can win tonight's contest, it will guarantee they leave this road trip having secured at least eight of a possible fourteen points.

That's what I'd call road success. Maybe I'm getting a little bit ahead of myself, though. There's still some game to be played here, right? Well, lets see how they stack up on the other end of the jump.

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THE PACIFIC WAR ROOM

Nation World HQ
December 06 2014 09:55AM

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Another week is in the books, and that means its time for another edition of the Pacific War Room. What is that? Each week, the Royal Half rounds up a summary of the week that was from the best and brightest bloggers from around the Pacific Division. Enjoy.

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Has Ryan Stanton Been Vancouver's Worst Player?

J.D. Burke
December 05 2014 03:00PM

In his first season with the Vancouver Canucks, Ryan Stanton could be counted on for a predictably uneventful 15-minutes of ice time per game, and leave in the black for possession more often than not. It was the breakout campaign needed to launch Stanton from stud AHL defenceman to NHL regular.

I can count the Canucks who thrived under John Tortorella on one hand and Stanton is among them. Nothing was asked of Stanton offensively and even less was delivered. No qualms were to be had with this, as Stanton's value was always measured in the offense kept from his net. All substance, no flash. 

It's been a precipitous fall from third-pairing grace since then and many are left wondering why. Injuries might be a likely suspect, if not for the fact that Stanton's return from his most recent ailment was delayed due to his desire to not rush it. Had he been more hasty in his return, there might be some validity to this.

So if injuries aren't to blame, then what has gone wrong for Stanton and what can we reasonably expect going forward? Well, you know the drill...

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