October 04 2014 11:41PM
There's an old idiom in sports, that you should never complain about a win. Well, we're masters of complaining at Canucks Army, and it's the preseason so wins are kind of secondary to whether the team looks good. Against a far less skilled Edmonton Oilers squad resting many of their top players, a veteran-heavy Canucks roster eked out a 3-2 victory, despite being heavily outshot. There wasn't a lot to really like after the first period, but hey, it's the last preseason game and not getting hurt is probably more of a priority than fight like hell for a win that means literally nothing.
Fortunately, this is the last time we can excuse not giving 200% effort in the name of saving yourself for the games that matter because the games that matter start this week!
Read past the jump for a recap of Vancouver's last preseason game of 2014.
October 04 2014 04:10PM
While it's the last game of the preseason for both the Canucks and the visiting Edmonton Oilers, each team is taking a very different approach to their Saturday night showdown at Rogers Arena. A veteran-laden Vancouver roster featuring every notable Canuck except for Kevin Bieksa will face a young Oilers team, missing nearly every legitimate NHL player short of Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov, and Teddy Purcell.
It's a final tune-up for the Canucks against a final audition for the Oilers. It's a huge mismatch on paper, but anything can happen in a single hockey game. Read past the jump for more.
October 03 2014 08:30PM
Oh, where to begin with Zack Kassian? The hulking forward has been much maligned since being dealt to Vancouver from Buffalo in the now infamous Cody Hodgson trade, battling issues with discipline and consistency, as well as struggling to earn ice time under two consecutive Canucks head coaches. Still, despite his perceived on-ice struggles, Zack Kassian managed to solidify himself as a good NHL hockey player under John Tortorella.
Kassian was buried in the defensive zone, saw little in terms of powerplay time, and was saddled with Brad Richardson at even strength, but still managed to lead the Canucks in rate scoring and carry positive possession numbers. Will he continue his growth this year, and perhaps earn himself the trust of new head coach of Willie Desjardins?
Read past the jump for more.
October 02 2014 10:41PM
Vancouver entered Edmonton on Thursday night with one of their most complete rosters of the preseason. With the extremely notable exception of the Sedin twins, Vancouver's top-3 lines and entire defense looked like something you could expect to see at some point this season.
It wasn't a fantastic performance against a young and largely unproven Oilers squad, however, as both teams struggled to generate much in terms of offense for the night. The Canucks would manage to capitalize on two glaring defensive miscues by the home side, and Eddie Lack was nearly perfect once again, giving the Canucks a 2-1 win.
Read past the jump for a full recap.
October 02 2014 05:02PM
As the preseason winds down, the Canucks roster is starting to more closely resemble who we can expect to see in the lineup for opening night. With the exception of the Sedins and Radim Vrbata (who, I have a sneaking suspicion about this, have already made the team), Vancouver will bring essentially all their notable regular players to Rexall place and this evening's battle with the Edmonton Oilers.
Perhaps the most interesting twist is that Bo Horvat will be playing on the 4th line tonight between Tom Sestito and Derek Dorsett, who our own J.D. Burke did an excellent job of profiling this morning. Read past the jump for lineups, and what this could mean for Bo Horvat's chances to make the 2014-15 Canucks.