January 30 2014 05:15PM
Pictured above is the most important member of the Canucks, Mike Burnstein.
The Vancouver Canucks once again lost last night, after a rapid flurry by the Blackhawks proved to be too much to overcome. If you were one of the however many people that was able to make it out to The Pint for our viewing party, all of the other festivities surrounding the game hopefully dampened the blow of another relatively meek loss. Judging from the mood in the room I don't think anyone really carried the loss with them, allowing it to ruin their night [more on this later].
But as is usually the case with every fun night, the following morning provides some challenges. After you finally gather the energy to get up and evaluate the landscape, all you can do is hope that the damage is manageable. In the case of the Canucks, the hangover is of the mean variety this morning, as there's some more bad news on the injury front. Why did the party have to end?
January 29 2014 01:35PM
Today's the day! The day where watching a Canucks game will be fun!
Let's try to be positive and forget the fact that the Vancouver Canucks were basically taken to the woodshed by the Edmonton Oilers the last time saw them take the ice. And the fact that Daniel Sedin probably couldn't even score on Dan Cloutier these days. And the fact that the Minnesota Wild leapfrogged them in the standings with their victory last night. Forget all of that.
It's a new day, and you have the option of taking the game in with all of your cyber buddies if you so choose to come down to The Pint. Plus Canucks/Blackhawks games usually wind up being entertaining, by hook or by crook. Most importantly though, keep in mind tha--.. wait, what do you mean that Chris Tanev is out for an extended period of time?!?!
January 29 2014 10:16AM
Umm.. [Image via Puck Daddy]
January has truly been the month from hell for the Vancouver Canucks. They've gone 4-7-2, but somehow it feels like it's almost been worse than that. There have been some losses that I'd characterize as both embarrassing and largely forgettable. After the way last season had concluded - and the way the summer went, with the lowered cap essentially handcuffing Mike Gillis from making any sort of big moves - we knew that this team was a far cry from the (Presidents' Trophy!) champion of years past.
But things have been so, so, so much worse with all of the injuries the team has been racking up. A squad that was already dealing with depth issues has really been decimated for weeks now, most recently having to play without 2 of its top 3 centers. So its not exactly surprising that they've had difficulties scoring, with the Brad Richardsons of the world being thrust into roles their individual skillsets don't allow them to succeed in.
Something that needs to be discussed, despite how unpleasant it may be: the fact that Daniel Sedin probably can't hit the broad sign of a barn at this point. During a stretch where his team has scored 25 goals total in 13 games (dropping them all the way down to 22nd in the league on the season), the most prolific scorer in the franchise's history has failed to score once. That's a problem, and has been for a while now. Jim Jamieson broke the ice this morning, and we'll take the baton from him.
January 27 2014 11:57PM
"Since neither of us are good at hockey, let's give rugby a shot, shall we?" [Image via Adam Gretz]
Let's not sugarcoat things, because losing to the Edmonton Oilers (a team that could actually conceivably be the worst team in the league; yes, even worse than the Buffalo Sabres) surely represents a new low point for a team that has endured some pretty embarrassing results in recent memory. Especially when it happens at home.
But it's also one that's not necessarily all that surprising, and certainly one that needs to be put into perspective. Everything is a jumbled mess right now, with players being asked to fill roles their natural talent level doesn't allow them to fill. Their recent 4-game stretch of "getting by" was more of a testament to their opponents' misery than it was to the Canucks suddenly turning a corner.
.. and Monday night, the ineptitude that has been a byproduct of missing two of their top 3 centers finally caught up with them, coming back to bite them in the rear. Read on past the jump for a recap of the humbling loss.
January 27 2014 03:22PM
The Canucks and Oilers played each other just 6 days ago, and while that can have its advantages in terms of things spilling over from one meeting to the other, helping build a story of sorts.. it makes previewing the game the second time out a total nuisance. What else is there to say? Not much has really changed since the January 21st game preview.
But thankfully, we've got a player making his return to the Canucks lineup tonight to report on, plus some thoughts on tonight's starting goaltender. So read on past the jump for more on that..