January 25 2017 03:00PM
The Canucks remain in the playoff picture, stuck somewhere on the spectrum between full-on rebuild and actual contention. It's a fine line to walk, but the team is managing to do it. Whether or not they can continue to do so remains to be seen.
That's why the Canucks' current situation on defence is so intriguing. Alex Edler was noticeably absent from Canucks practice yesterday, and with Erik Gudbranson and Philip Larsen both out long-term, that leaves the Canucks without many options moving forward aside from the obvious one they currently have sitting in the press box: Jordan Subban.
Do you think Subban should get a shot while he's up with the big club? Why or why not? If you want him to play, who would you take out of the lineup?
January 22 2017 08:56PM
Perception is a funny thing. When the Canucks went into the third period of tonight's game down by two goals, it appeared as though they were about to roll over, that the good luck train had finally pulled into the station, and that the Canucks were about to begin experiencing the regression we'd all been hearing about for weeks.
Then in 48 seconds, the tone immediately shifted. Suddenly, thanks to a pair of quick goals by Troy Stecher and Bo Horvat, the team was tied 2-2, against a Western Conference powerhouse, with just a few minutes to go. A win would have vaulted them into a playoff spot, with a game in hand on the Calgary Flames.
January 20 2017 11:32PM
Tonight, fans were afforded the opportunity to see a player that's meant so much to this franchise set a major milestone in his career. It was a moment that won't be soon forgotten, and I must admit it had me teary-eyed for a moment there.
That's right, Jared McCann got his first point against his former team.
I kid, of course. As you well know by now, Henrik Sedin scored his 1000th point, on a beautiful goal no less, making him the first player to do so in a Canucks uniform.
And wouldn't you know it, the Canucks' captain carried his team to victory as the Canucks held on to win the game 2-1 in what was as entertaining an affair as Rogers Arena has seen this season.
January 19 2017 11:15AM
It's been a bit of a down year for a lot of Canucks prospects, especially defenders. Carl Neill has bucked that trend, scoring at over a point-per game this season in the Q, with a relatively unimpressive supporting cast. The caveat is that he's done so as an overager, so that type of production is more expected than it is encouraging. He's also cooled off a bit since being traded from the Sherbrooke Phoenix to the Charlottetown Islanders, but he's still shown enough to clock in at #9 on our consensus rankings.
January 18 2017 09:00AM
Despite their best efforts, the Canucks just can't lose in regulation, and somehow remain within spitting distance of the playoffs. Perhaps they'd be a little closer if they could get a handle on special teams, but alas, they continue to struggle mightily in that realm. They have the league's 26th ranked PP, and Willie Desjardins seems to be the only man on planet earth that believes the current group is working.
So, what changes would you make to the PP if you were in charge? Is it as simple as just changing personnel, or would you make tactical adjustments as well?
Before we get into it, I just want to say that there were so many answers this week, most of them quite good, that I simply couldn't include them all. If you'd like to see more, check out last week's comment section.