November 21 2014 12:16AM
For a night that started off disastrously and ended merely poorly, there was really a lot to like about Vancouver's performance in the second half of a back-to-back against one of the Western Conference's top teams. They may have lost 4-3 in a shootout, but they battled through some early adversity, laid the boots to a rested Anaheim Ducks team in the second period, and saw Bo Horvat score his first NHL goal and dominate Ryan Kesler in the faceoff dot.
The news may get really, really bad tomorrow, but for now, there are quite a few positives, and - dare I say it - moral victories to go over tonight. Read past the jump for a recap.
November 20 2014 05:15PM
You may have heard, but that Ryan Kesler guy is returning to Rogers Arena for the first time tonight since being dealt in the offseason. But beyond that, this is still an important game for the Canucks, as they sit just one point back of Anaheim for 1st in the Pacific, but just five points out of a playoff spot, with perennial powerhouses Chicago and San Jose as the teams in pursuit.
It's a huge game for a bunch of reasons tonight, so read past the jump for a preview.
November 20 2014 03:38PM
Oilers have traded Will Acton to Vancouver for prospect Kellan Lain.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) November 20, 2014
The Canucks completed a minor trade today, sending Kellan Lain to the Edmonton Oilers for 27-year old forward Will Acton. It's not a major trade by any means, but we'll take a look after the jump.
November 19 2014 04:17PM
They call these "trap games." Sometimes, either after a big win when you can have a major let down, or before a big game when you can overlook your opponent, teams can overlook squads well below them in the standings and cough up an otherwise eminently winnable two points.
Well, with Ryan Kesler making his return to Vancouver tomorrow night, you wouldn't be wrong to suspect that the Canucks could overlook a bottom-of-the-standings team that they've owned in the recent past. This would could be a costly mistake though, as the 2014-2015 Edmonton Oilers may legitimately be just as good as the 2014-2015 Vancouver Canucks.
Read past the jump.
November 19 2014 01:40PM
Photo courtesy of Sportsnet.
For some of you, getting your report card was one of the most exciting times of the year. If your grades were good, maybe your parents would give you a little extra allowance to spend, or let you get that video game you wanted. For others, report card time was a tangled mess of gut-wrenching nervousness and oh my god Mr. Smith gave me a C- in English MY PARENTS ARE GOING TO KILL ME.
Either way, welcome to the Canucks Army Weekly Report Card, where we'll take all that repressed childhood anxiety, bottle it back up, and apply it to your (presumably) favourite hockey team instead.
Read past the jump!