January 31 2014 08:23AM
The Vancouver Giants have hit a rough patch of late, dropping 5 of their last 10 games for their worst stretch since early October. Not coincidentally, injuries to Dalton Thrower and Jared Rathjen have left their mark as Vancouver has struggled to keep pucks out of their own net and control the puck at their traditionally strong rates. Read past the jump for a look at Vancouver's recent struggles, and how the post-trade deadline WHL is shaping up.
January 26 2014 11:19PM
Really, I have no idea how to describe Vancouver's 5-4 overtime win against Phoenix in any way that isn't a series on nonsensical grunts and surprised-sounding noises. Vancouver was badly outshot, but carried a lot of the possession. Antoine Vermette scored on one of his shots, but registered a hat-trick. Mike Smith did Mike Smith things.
Really though, the powerplay reached a season low-point, which is saying something considering that its prevailing ineptitude in January was quite a low point on its own. The Canucks were out-shot and out-scored on their own powerplays, but still managed to come away with a victory because hockey is stupid sometimes.
Zac Dalpe was one of Vancouver's best players for god sakes. It was that type of night.
January 26 2014 04:03PM
That wonderful video is courtesy of Paul Almeida and it pretty much sums up everything wrong with the Canucks powerplay right now: they're generating a lot of shots, they can't score on any of their shots, and Dan Hamhuis is on it. Now, we're big Dan Hamhuis fans here on Canucks Army, but the simple fact of the matter is that Vancouver is better off having literally anybody on the powerplay in place of Hamhuis at the moment. The good news is that it looks like Mike & Gully have heeded our desperate pleas ahead of tonight's game against the Phoenix Coyotes and have taken Hamhuis and Kevin Bieksa off the first unit powerplay in favour of Jason Garrison and Yannick Weber.
The bad news is that this comes at the expense of David Booth.
Now, I can hear some of you snickering right now. "David Booth!?" you may say. "What the hell good is David Booth!?" you may say. Well, David Booth is absolutely a useful player, and benching him, especially in light of recent injuries and scoring woes, is an insane move. We'll get into why after the break.
January 24 2014 12:07AM
Paul Gaustad is a large human. Image via Justin Bourne .
The Nashville Predators came to town with the 3rd worst 5-on-5 save percentage in the entire league, the 5th worst 5-on-5 possession numbers, and seem to have had a tough time preventing the Canucks from scoring on them in recent years. So that would seem to be the perfect remedy for Vancouver's recent offensives woes, right? Well, if you're a cynical Canucks fan like me, there's no way you read a lede like that and went "Yeah!" So good for you. Also, you probably watched the game so you know the answer already.
If you didn't watch the game, the Canucks couldn't score a powerplay goal again, only managed one even strength goal again, and now have just eight goals in their last seven games, just like the 2011 Sta-- sorry, I won't go there. Tonight's 2-1 loss to Nashville wasn't nearly that painful, but it was still frustrating. Read past the jump for a recap.
January 23 2014 08:38PM
With their recent run of injuries to key forwards, reports indicate that Vancouver will sign soon-to-be 39-year old free agent winger Vinny Prospal to an AHL tryout contract as soon as tomorrow. Per Elliotte Friedman:
Canucks plan to sign Vinny Prospal to an AHL tryout tomorrow. 765 pts in 1,108 games. Will give him a look..Has not played this year.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 24, 2014
Read past the jump for more.