October 26 2014 11:07PM
It was a definite improvement over whatever the hell Friday was, but then again, most everything would be. The Vancouver Canucks first game home from a short road swing resulted in a 4-2 win over a pretty good Washington Capitals side, as three quick second period markers and some good discipline prevented the Caps from really getting a foothold in this game.
Oh, and Luca Sbisa scored the game winning goal. It's not every day that you can write that sentence. Read past the jump for a full recap.
October 26 2014 04:47PM
The Vancouver Canucks return to action Sunday evening as Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals pay a rare visit to Rogers Arena. Vancouver is looking to bounce back after suffering an embarrassing 7-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night, while the Caps are looking to build on a strong 4-1-2 start and keep pace with the Metro Division leading New York Islanders.
Of course, the big attraction is Ovi, as it's pretty infrequent that we get to see him in this neck of the woods. After winning the Rocket Richard last season despite an awful on-ice shooting percentage, the prolific sniper is off to another strong start to the year, with 5 goals and 29 shots in his first seven games.
For a full preview of tonight's game, read past the jump.
October 24 2014 03:39PM
After a 4-1 win against the flu-ravaged St. Louis Blues last night, the Canucks are back in action this evening as they take on the slumping Colorado Avalanche at 6:00 PM PST. With travel last night, there isn't much to report in terms of Canucks news, and we're not even sure who's going to start in the Vancouver goal at the time of this writing (though it should be Eddie Lack).
Read past the jump for a look at the Canucks and their opponents ahead of tonight's old Northwest Division showdown.
October 23 2014 10:32PM
It's no secret that Ryan Miller struggled in St. Louis after he was dealt there last year. It's also no secret than the Canucks goalies have struggled to stop pucks at 5-on-5 this season, entering the night with among the worst 5-on-5 save percentages in the entire NHL. So, while Ryan Miller is a professional and wants to win every night, he had plenty of added motivation to turn in a strong performance against his brief former team.
And Miller certainly fulfilled his end of the bargain, stopping 31 of 32 shots, and all 27 Blues shots at even strength, in a 4-1 Canucks win. Vancouver wasn't a 4-to-1 score better than the Blues tonight, but they weren't 6-to-3 worse than Dallas on Tuesday either. It all evens out in the long run though, and a win in October is the same as a win in April.
Read past the jump for a recap.
October 23 2014 03:30PM
The St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks have both gotten off to a similar start to the year. Neither team is piling up the wins out of the gate, but both teams have put up very impressive possession numbers - St. Louis is 3rd in 5v5 Corsi%, while Vancouver is 5th. The main difference is that while St. Louis has seen the second worst shooting percentage in the NHL, Vancouver has received the third worst goaltending.
Tonight's 5:00 PM showdown in St. Louis then is the extremely stoppable force against the highly movable object. Read past the jump for expected lineups and a more in-depth look at tonight's game.