January 16 2014 04:07PM
I'm going to refrain for starting this post off with the "things can only get better, right?" lede, because as we learned last night, that's not necessarily a given. I plugged yesterday's game against Anaheim like that, thinking that the Ducks couldn't possibly hand the Canucks a more one-sided butt whooping than the one they did back on January 5th..
.. but then they did. To the tune of an embarrassing 9-1 defeat. So I guess that was a lesson that you should never take your current situation for granted because it can always get worse. With all of that being said, there's some reason for optimism tonight. Olympic Diver Mike Smith has had a .900 save % performance just once in his last 7 starts, and the Coyotes as a team have reallly been sputtering as a result.
Just like the Canucks, they have only 1 win in the month of January. SOMETHING'S GOT TO GIVE! THE CANUCKS.. THE COYOTES.. A PACIFIC DIVISION RIVALRY GAME! GET. PUMPED.
January 16 2014 12:34AM
GIF via the Score
In case you missed Wednesday night's game in Anaheim and are wondering how it went for the Canucks, I think you can use John Tortorella's reaction above as a pretty reliable guide. It sums things up fairly adequately. Just extrapolate it into nearly 3 hours worth of self-deprecating viewing, and you've got yourself a good synopsis!
We'll sort through the wasteland following the 9-1 defeat just past the jump. If you're not sure whether you should click or not, I promise that this right here is the last time you'll see the terms "moral" and "victory" next to each other (as that was probably the only thing beaten into the ground more than the Canucks on this night).
January 15 2014 02:50PM
Get your game face on, just like Corey Perry!
Wednesday night's game between the Vancouver and Anaheim will be hard-pressed to match the intensity, excitement, and intrigue that we saw last time the Canucks hit the ice, but that's okay. Despite that there's at least a handful of noteworthy things for us to look at and talk about in the lead-up to puck drop.
Like, for example, the fact that their opponent tonight has somehow both quietly and kind of unfathomably won 17 of their past 18 games to give themselves a nice little cushion atop the Western Conference. Then there's the 19-0-2 record they have at the Honda Center (the location of tonight's game); if the Canucks hope to hand them their first loss at home they'll have to play better than they did the last time they saw each other 10 days ago.. which fortunately would pretty much be impossible not to do. Remember, streaks are made to be broken.
The lineup will look slightly different tonight than it did in LA, and will probably continue to change steadily over the next couple of games as it slowly but surely morphs into a healthier, more optimal group. Whatever happens, we can all feel better about ourselves knowing that Mike Gillis wasn't the one that swapped two very comparable goaltenders just so he could give up a 3rd round pick for a bottom-6 forward with an ugly contract today.
January 14 2014 04:21PM
Torts confirms Booth will play vs Anaheim, but says another player from Utica will join team in Phoenix. Suspect it will be Jensen. #canucks— Brad Ziemer (@BradZiemer) January 14, 2014
Following last night's "moral victory" the Vancouver Canucks have been using their day off in Anaheim to make some moves. Don't worry, our boyfriend Tom Sestito is safe. It's Darren Archibald, on the other hand, who needs to pack his bags and head on back to Utica. As a result of Archibald's departure it's expected that David Booth will be back on the lineup on Wednesday v. the Ducks, and that highly touted prospect Nicklas Jensen could get the call.
Read on past the jump for a quick assessment of the landscape moving forward.
January 14 2014 12:09AM
There was a lot of talk leading up to Monday night's game in LA as to what the Vancouver Canucks would do in response to Dustin Brown's most recent shenanigans. I did my part in perpetuating the talk by devoting a large chunk of the game preview to it (mostly because I figured there was at least a decent chance that we could see them really muck it up), but I still wasn't necessarily convinced that we'd see what most fans were clamouring for ever since the incident in question took place.
The Canucks - despite being billed as a tougher team that would play with an edge and wouldn't be bullied by bigger opponents from the day John Tortorella was hired - hadn't exactly lived up to the hype on that front this season (except for that one time in November, against these same Kings). They also had a chance to tie the Kings in the standings with a regulation win, which made me question whether they'd throw caution to the wind and go all out for the retribution.
I guess I should've stuck with my gut instinct, because that's exactly what happened. The Canucks may've lost the hockey game by a score of 1-0, but in the grand scheme of things I think we can put an asterisk beside this one, because they put a lot of the "soft" talk to rest. Lose a battle, win the war? We'll see.
A lot of things took place at the Staples Center on Monday night. We'll let the fine collection of Vines, GIFs, and funny tweets speak for themselves, because they're top notch and quite frankly far more entertaining than anything I could say with my words. Read on past the jump for the goods, and in the meantime, I think I'm going to have a smoke.