March 05 2013 03:27PM
The Canucks need to figure out a way to beat Antti Niemi, which has been easier said than done this season.
The Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks come into Tuesday night's game bearing some serious similarities, even if their respectives paths in getting there have been different. They have nearly identical records, their underlying numbers are comparable, and come playoff time, I think they've both got a legitimate shot to make a run.
This will mark their first meeting since January 27th - only the 5th contest of the early season for the Canucks - when the Sharks took care of business with a score of 4-1. Yet just like these two teams, that game was close; much closer than the score would indicate. Despite a dreadful start and some terrible shooting luck, the Canucks were in it until some dumb penalties ultimately derailed their efforts.
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March 03 2013 12:02AM
Henrik Sedin came to play tonight, and managed to thrive against a tough opponent in Anze Kopitar.
Things were nowhere near as bad as some people would have had you believe - quite frankly they rarely ever are - heading into Saturday night's game for the Vancouver Canucks, but they were still reeling, nonetheless. Two straight poor efforts and an injury to a key contributor will do that to a team.
But in front of a national audience on Hockey Night in Canada, with Don Cherry and Ron MacLean in the house, the Canucks managed to regroup and put together a solid 5-2 win. There were definitely positives to be taken from the performance all the way around.
It's Saturday night, so let's bang through this like Jeff Carter bangs through, well, you can finish that sentence as you see fit.
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March 02 2013 02:16PM
What a week from hell for the Canucks, as nearly everything that could have gone wrong in the past 7 days went, well, wrong. They took a shellacking from the Red Wings, and they then followed that up by putting forth what I'd generously call a less than stellar effort on home ice against the Phoenix Coyotes.
But of course all of that was nothing compared to the despair felt when it was announced that Ryan Kesler would be on the shelf for 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his foot. It's like the Canucks and their fans just got a sweet new toy to play with, were finally getting used to how it worked, only to have it taken away again. Oh, and if that wasn't enough, they in essence replaced Aaron Volpatti with Tom Sestito; a move which Don Cherry surely supports.
Needless to say, the Canucks (and their fans) could use a strong effort and two points in this nationally televised game against the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
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February 27 2013 12:37AM
You just felt like you were being punched in the face while watching this game; Dale Weise actually did.
In what was the first game back home following an uneven road trip, the Vancouver Canucks fell to the Phoenix Coyotes by a score of 4-2. We all know what type of game the Yotes like to play; a low-event, risk-free brand of hockey. Given the way their roster is assembled, it's a necessity for them if they have any hope of succeeding.
What we saw on Tuesday night was what will often happen when the other team obliges them in playing that sort of game, succumbing to their style. I'll give you a hint: it's not pretty.
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February 26 2013 11:26AM
The Canucks go up against Shane Doan for the first time since he rebuffed their advances in the offseason.
I think it's safe to say that the Vancouver Canucks have had better roadtrips than the 4-gamer they just completed on Sunday night. Sure, they went 2-2 - which is respectable, especially given the level of competition they faced - but it was a trip that featured one of the worst games I've watched in a long time (Nashville), a game in which their goaltender had to put forth a herculean effort just to steal one point (Chicago), and a game in which they got rocked for 8 goals against (Detroit).
It's a thing of the past, though, and they now hope to restore normalcy with some home cookin'. They play host to the Phoenix Coyotes, who also happen to be coming off of an embarrasing effort in their most recent game; they gave up 2 goals in the final 83 seconds en route to blowing a lead against the hilariously mediocre Calgary Flames.
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