November 10 2013 01:39PM
The current cast of characters on the Anaheim Ducks sure do make it easy on us jokesters that enjoy having some fun at their expense. There's Dustin Penner's pancake escapades. There's Ryan Getzlaf's hair, and choice of beverage. There's.. whatever Corey Perry is doing here. Heck, there's even Mathieu Perreault's celebration.
What we can't make fun of, though, is what Vancouver's opponent on Sunday evening has done this season. They're 14-3-1 - including a 7-0-0 record at home - which is good for the highest point total in the league. So I think it's fair to say that the Canucks have their work cut out for them less than 24 hours after a rather embarrassing 5-1 loss at the hands of the Kings.
Read on past the jump for a quick preview of tonight's game. You'll note the 5PM PST start time, so plan your Sunday evening accordingly.
November 09 2013 11:29PM
It sure did, Mr. Burgundy. It sure did. Speaking of Ron Burgundy, the Vancouver Canucks probably could've used his services in the latter parts of Saturday night's 5-1 loss to the Kings, considering that Tom Sestito actually managed to ecclipse the 10-minute time on ice mark. Anything would've helped.
The Canucks are now 1-1-1 on their tough road trip through the Pacific Division, and are now looking at a quick turnaround for a game tomorrow evening against an Anaheim Ducks squad that is 7-0-0 at home on the season. While that doesn't sound overly promising, let's try to put Saturday night's events in perspective - because as we preach all the time, you can't just look at the result in a vacuum - just past the jump.
November 09 2013 03:05PM
Expect to see a whole lotta this matchup tonight.
The Canucks walk into the building that Eric Cartman and Matthew Perry built on Saturday night for a tilt against a Los Angeles Kings squad that we're all too familiar with at this point. Just a few days ago, prior to the team embarking on their 4-game trip out to California, we noted that the next handful of games would serve as a nice litmus test for how they stacked up against some of the league's best.
Well.. so far, so good. They played a pretty solid road game that netted them a point - which could've easily been two, if not for a few unlucky bounces - against a sneaky good Phoenix Coyotes squad. Then they submitted quite possibly their most impressive performance of the season when they went into a place that has recently been a house of horrors of sorts, the
Shark Tank SAP Center, and handled the Sharks with relative ease.
Things don't really get easier in the near future, though. The Canucks find themselves staring at a back-to-back against the Kings and Sharks, before heading home to face the Sharks for the 4th and final time this season. Their opponent tonight is sitting at 10-6 right now which is good for only 5th in the Pacific and 9th in the West, but that may fool you, because they've once again been a dominant possession team. Despite the fact that they're missing two key pieces up front they'll surely still prove to be a handful on Saturday night.
Read on past the jump for a preview of the game.
November 05 2013 10:47PM
"Lemme see! Lemme see! I want to know what happened! [Image via Chistian Petersen]
The Pacific Division is stupid good right now, in case you hadn't realized. The Canucks and Coyotes came into their contest on Tuesday night sitting at 3rd and 4th in the division respectively, despite the fact that they each had 10 wins and a positive goal differential. If only everyone could play in the Metropolitan Division..
I noted in the game preview that this would mark the first of 5 games against divisional opponents that would surely give us a better idea of where the Canucks stand amongst the league's elite right now. We'll wait to make any serious judgements until we see how that stretch plays out, but so far so good; the Canucks managed to hang around all game long against a tough opponent in a difficult building to play in, and were just a few inches away on a handful of occasions from stealing the 2 points.
One will have to do, thanks to their 3-2 shootout loss. Next up is a date in their own personal house of horrors (the Shark Tank in San Jose) on Thursday night, but before that let's get to what unfolded in Glendale just past the jump.
November 05 2013 02:52PM
I'm sure that Mike Smith will make himself the centre of attention, yet again.
After taking care of business against the hated Toronto Maple Leafs on Pavel Bure's special night, the Vancouver Canucks have been rewarded with a 4-game trip out west to take on the Coyotes, Sharks, Ducks, and Kings. Those teams have a combined 41-13-5 redcord, which is the reason the 10-5-1 Canucks are only good for 4th place in the Pacific at the moment.
The next 5 games - including another meeting against the Sharks when they return home from the trip - will surely tell us quite a bit more about where this team stands in relation to its contemporaries. The team responded admirably to the adversity it faced during its Eastern trip, but I don't need to tell you that this is a whole 'nother animal.
No it's literally a different animal.. it's a Coyote. Read on past the jump for a look at tonight's game.