January 19 2015 09:23PM
Riding a wave of favourable percentages, hot goaltending, and as accommodating a three-game stretch as the schedule can offer, Vancouver put the cherry on top of a three-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory over the newly anointed #FancyCats. This, just two weeks after the Panthers came into Rogers Arena with some guy named "Roberto Luongo" in tow and had their way with the then hapless Canucks.
The "road win" formula was followed perfectly tonight. The Canucks capitalized on early defensive miscues by the young Florida blue line to build an early lead, then sat on that lead until the game was over, preserving their big guns for tomorrow's game in the process. If not for a Brandon Pirri one-timer (which ended Ryan Miller's streak of 212:52 without surrendering a goal) there'd be almost nothing to complain about!
Meet me on the other side of the jump and maybe I'll find something after all!
January 08 2015 09:30AM
Earlier this week, I took you for a ride down memory lane, looking at how Canucks of old are faring in their new environments. With the exception of Ryan Kesler, the list was comprised mainly of players that are best suited to the bottom-six. Seeing as the Canucks ice about three and a half third lines on any given night, I've little in the way of grievances.
I've since drawn a list of defencemen from that same time frame, which runs from the 2011-12 season to the one we're currently enjoying, to have a look at how they're doing too. This ought to be fun.
January 06 2015 11:43PM
The Vancouver Canucks entered tonight with vengeance on the mind, hosting the new and improved New York Islanders team at Rogers Arena. It was the Islanders, of course, who rallied from a 3-0 deficit with seven (!!!) third period goals to humiliate the Canucks at home last March.
Eddie Lack was in net for that game and was victimized for six of those goals. During the broadcast one of the commentators mentioned discussing this game with Lack, who had apparently described it as "the worst of his career". The "Stork" was able to settle the score tonight, backstopping Vancouver to a 3-2 win over the Isles.
Well, you know the drill.
January 06 2015 09:30AM
With another calendar year behind us, I'm able to embark on this year's version of "Catching Up With Old Friends". With last season's embarrassing finish, the Canucks cleaned house before hiring Trevor Linden, Jim Benning, and eventually Willie Desjardins to right the ship.
With a general manager that had no attachment to the players already in place, it seemed only reasonable to expect that there would be changes aplenty in Vancouver. The Canucks didn't disappoint. Let's look at some of the players that have departed since and how they are faring in their new environments. I'll make it a two-part series, with today's piece focusing on the forwards.
Pour a little liquor and join us after the jump.
December 30 2014 11:45PM
I'm not sure there's any one formula for road success. The going theory in hockey lore, though, suggests you build an early lead, weather a storm and with the help of solid goaltending, leave the opposition's building victorious. Vancouver was able to check all these items off their list, en route to an impressive 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks.
I'll tell you how it all went down on the other side of the jump.