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.
November 03 2016 09:00AM
For a player that's been under the magnifying glass since the age of 16, Horvat remains somewhat of an enigma. His bull-rushes and inside-outside moves have enthralled Vancouverites over the past two years, as he's firmly planted himself in fan favourite territory, but there still seems to be little consensus on just what exactly the Canucks have in the young centreman.
It's pretty clear at this point that the Canucks landed an impact forward when they selected Horvat with their first-round pick in 2013, but over three years later there remains some debate about what his ceiling is, what role he's best suited for, and even what his strengths and weaknesses are.
November 02 2016 08:57PM
The Canucks embarked on what will be their longest road trip of the year, heading to the Bell Centre to take on a Habs team that was undefeated in regulation. The Canucks played a strong game, mounting shot after shot against the Canadiens, but they simply couldn't beat Carey Price, who stopped all 42 shots he faced. The effort was there, but after two quick goals in the second period from Phillip Danault and Torrey Mitchell, you couldn't help but sense that the bounces just weren't going to go their way.