December 20 2013 02:55PM
Eddie Lack used to enjoy being in Chicago. This'll be a different experience, you'd imagine.
The title for last night's game recap was "It Gets Easier, Right", and it turns out that the answer is a definitive "no". The score from that game is actually misleading, seeing as the Canucks completely and utterly dominated the entire 2nd period of a game in which they were only down 2-1. But a soft back-breaking goal by Cole late in the 2nd really did them in.
Less than 24 hours following the loss they're back at it, this time against the Chicago Blackhawks and their usual gimmicks; Jim Cornelison's extravagant anthem, Chelsea Dagger, Vince Vaughn, and some very good hockey players. It's far from an ideal situation for the Canucks given all of the circumstances, but there's a reason they play the games. Remember that time they were supposed to get slaughtered by the Blues at the end of their 7-game road trip? Yeah..
December 19 2013 09:11PM
The Vancouver Canucks continued on with their mini-trip through the Western Conference's Central Division Thursday night in Dallas. Here are the Cliffs Notes for the game: they gave up more goals than they scored, things didn't go nearly as well as you'd hoped they would, and ultimately they weren't able to overcome a slow start.
An easy narrative would be that they were looking ahead to the looming tilt against the Blackhawks, but I don't buy that for a second really. They looked like a team who had a few defensive breakdowns, and one whose goaltender was not able to match the efforts of the guy on the other end of the ice.
Read on past the jump for a quick recap of Thursday night's loss in Big D.
December 19 2013 12:49PM
Get excited! Andrew Alberts is coming to a lineup near you! [Image via Vancity Buzz]
The positives: Thursday night's game against the Dallas Stars can only be an upgrade in entertainment value from the last time we saw the Canucks, in their shootout loss to the Wild. Also, while the Stars are probably at least a smidgen better than their record would indicate, they're not the Chicago Blackhawks.. so you can breathe easy for another night. Plus Andrew Alberts looks very dapper in his Ugly Christmas Sweater.
The negatives: The news on recently injured defenseman Ryan Stanton isn't exactly great, and the reason a picture of Andrew Alberts is being used is because he's coming to a lineup near you! Also, Aaron Rome still isn't healthy enough to play for the Stars which I know will upset at least 1 person out there.
December 19 2013 09:45AM
This is a guest post by Liam Porter , who approached me recently after he had been fortunate enough to get to speak to the voice of Hockey Night in Canada, Jim Hughson, about a multitude of different topics. Their discussion ranged from how he got into broadcasting, to his most memorable calls, to what Hockey Night in Canada will look like under the new TV deal.
Most importantly for our purposes, though, he got to get the former Canucks play-by-play man's thoughts on where the team stands right now, and how he feels about analytical analysis when it comes to hockey. I think you guys will really enjoy this one. Read on for the transcript of the interview.
December 17 2013 09:39PM
This puppy was energetic and lively at the start of the game, but..
I'm very cognizant of the fact that we just witnessed the Vancouver Canucks rip off 7 wins in a row, including a complete and utter butt whooping over the big bad Boston Bruins. This has been a very sweet stretch around these parts. So it's kind of difficult to complain about the on-ice product at this point..
.. But man oh man, Tuesday night's game against the Minnesota Wild pretty much did everything it could to tear the soul right out of me. I feel like a sucker now, because I let the Wild rope me in with their young talent and intriguing player names on paper. I thought that maybe things had changed just a little bit, but nope. The Minnesota Wild are still the Minnesota Wild, and I guess the one silver lining from this game is that these teams aren't in the same division anymore.
Well, that, and the point the Canucks took home due to the shootout loss. Read on past the jump for a recap.