January 16 2017 11:00AM
Well, we're running the Monday Mailbag on a Monday this time around. That's a good start. Who knows, maybe I can provide more entertainment value here than the Canucks and Devils last night.
That's not a terribly high bar to clear, but I want to keep things realistic. Let's put theory into practice. It's question time -- answering time, rather.
January 11 2017 08:00PM
Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland - USA TODAY Sports
The Canucks took a savvy, cost-free step towards infusing a blend of youth and skill into their lineup last week when they broke from the company line to place a successful waiver claim on Reid Boucher.
They've left us waiting for the second shoe to drop since, as the Canucks have kept Boucher from their lineup in the three games they've had access to the 23-year-old. Boucher is perfectly healthy, and unlike the situation that befell him and the Canucks ahead of last Wednesday's game, he has a full compliment of gear with which to play. So what gives?
January 11 2017 11:00AM
Better late than never, right? That's the hope for this week, as I bring you the Canucks Army Monday Mailbag two days later than usual on this glorious Wednesday. My apologies, but technical difficulties made getting this out in time for Monday an unusually difficult task to say the least. With that, let's dive right in.
January 10 2017 10:03PM
Photo Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel - USA TODAY Sports
You can take Nashville from Barry Trotz, but if tonight's game is any indication, you can't take Barry Trotz out of Nashville. That was a lifeless game straight from the vaults of the Trotz vs. Vigneault bouts of old.
If not for a high-stick negating a Filip Forsberg goal, the Canucks would've left the first period down a goal with not but four shots to their credit. For a period at least, the Canucks looked like everything prognosticators expected of them, and that was doubly true of their opponents in Nashville.
Nashville didn't let that effort go to waste, though. They picked up right where they left off and put an Auston Watson shot past Ryan Miller for the 1-0 advantage.
The Canucks mounted something of a push soon after, though. Their hyper-modern fourth line pinned the Predators in their zone for well over a minute, generating the first period of sustained offence the Canucks enjoyed all night.
Vancouver didn't mount anything resembling a sustained attack afterwards until they pulled their goalie with roughly two minutes left in the third. They pounced on a poorly timed Colton Sissons turnover and let Brandon Sutter put the puck past a frustrated Pekka Rinne.
Both teams traded barbs in the extra frame. It looked like Vancouver had the upper hand when Mattias Ekholm took a holding penalty in the offensive zone to take down Markus Granlund. Then a quick break in the dying seconds of the overtime power play saw Calle Jarnkrok convert on the two-on-zero with Roman Josi for the winning goal with 1.5 seconds left.
Miller stopped 21 of 23 Predators shots for the Canucks. Opposite Miller, Rinne stopped 29 of 30 Canucks shots tonight.
January 09 2017 08:00PM
For the second consecutive year, Canucks Army is proud to announce its role as a sponsor and contributing member to producing the Vancouver Hockey Analytics Conference.
That isn't exactly news, though. We announced our role in this year's event as recently as October of 2015. What's changed since is that we can provide dates, times and most importantly a vendor for ticket sales so that those interested can attend the event.