November 18 2016 12:50AM
The Canucks looked like two different teams tonight. Through the first half of the game, they looked sluggish and timid, giving up the middle far too often and looking permissive through the neutral zone. In the second half, however, they were as good as we've seen them this season, and they were able to come away with the 3-2 win in OT.
Astonishingly, the Canucks have seven wins, and have led for just 31 minutes at even strength over the entire season. What a time to be alive.
November 16 2016 02:19PM
The Canucks are off to their worst offensive start in franchise history. They aren't just awful, they're historically awful.
of those 18 teams, 5 of them were seasons by the Washington Capitals right after expansion (74-75, 75-76, 77-78, 78-79, 81-82)...— Stephen Burtch (@SteveBurtch) November 11, 2016
After the team's loss to Detroit, the Canucks became just the 17th post-expansion-era team to register two or fewer regulation wins in their first fifteen games. The list of other teams that have managed that feat is a veritable murderer's row of the truly inept, featuring multiple appearances by the Ballard-era Leafs and post-expansion Washington Capitals and San Jose Sharks. The last team to start their season this poorly was the 2005-06 St. Louis Blues, who finished the season with 57 points.
Suddenly the predictions by USA Today and EA Sports don't look so ridiculous.
November 16 2016 09:00AM
Howdy, soldiers. Since J.D. Burke is a liberal elitist and I am a man of the people, I'll be taking over WWYDW from this point onward.
Last night's 7-2 thrashing at the hands of the Rangers notwithstanding, it's actually been a relatively decent week for the Canucks. They picked up a pair of wins against New York and Dallas, and actually managed to score five whole goals in each of those wins. The biggest (positive) story over that time was the inspired play of rookie Troy Stecher, who even scored his first goal of the season on Sunday against the Stars.
With Chris Tanev expected to return shortly, this leaves the Canucks with a logjam on the right side, with Stecher, Tryamkin, and Larsen all vying for a spot on the third pairing. So this week's question is simple: Which right-handed defenseman comes out of the lineup when Chris Tanev returns?
November 07 2016 04:00PM
The Vancouver Canucks opened the floodgates against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. At least in a relative sense.
While the three goals Vancouver scored on Saturday may not seem like much, for a club so goal-starved as the Canucks, it probably meant the world. The Canucks, as I'm sure you know, are off to the worst offensive start in franchise history, averaging just over 1.5 goals per game. For context, there isn't another team averaging fewer than two.
It's safe to assume that the Canucks are likely to suffer these ills going forward, too. Even with the added caveat that positive regression is inevitable. They're going to get their fair share of bounces eventually. Whether they can convert on enough of their chances to beat the opposition on a regular basis is another thing entirely.
November 05 2016 10:31PM
Kurt Vonnegut once said that there is nothing intelligent to say about a massacre. I'm going to do my best, because tonight's game was about as close as hockey can get to one.
We'll get to the shenanigans in a moment, but believe it or not, there was actually a game of hockey played tonight. We'll unpack it after the jump.