Game Day Preview: Game #3 Hurricanes @ Canucks

Thomas Drance
October 15 2012 12:01PM

Sasha Cares.

If the NHL lockout weren't ongoing (with no end in sight, and more games likely to get cancelled this week), Canucks fans would be looking forward to tonight's tilt between the revamped Carolina Hurricanes, and the hometown Canucks. Thankfully, the game won't take place, which is good news for people who hate Semin/Semen jokes.

Unlike the Hurricanes, I'll quit Staaling and preview other entertainment options you might consider in hockey's absence this evening!

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Chicago Wolves Take Two Points in Season Opener

Thomas Drance
October 13 2012 11:17PM

Eddie Lack was often the 1st star for the Chicago Wolves last season, and he was again tonight.

It wasn't always pretty, actually with the exception of the shootout it was downright difficult to watch, but the Canucks' AHL affiliate the Chicago Wolves won their home-opener on Saturday night over the Rockford IceHogs.

The Wolves deserved the win in Saturday's game, as they out-chanced their opponent 24-14 and 19-12 at even-strength. Until the shootout, however, the Wolves were unable to get to Icehogs' netminder Carter Hutton, who was dynamite through sixty-five minutes, before being beaten soundly by three of four Wolves shooters in the skill competition.

Read on past the jump for a full recap (with a focus on the Canucks' prospects, of course).

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Game Day Preview: Game #2 Oilers @ Canucks

Thomas Drance
October 13 2012 02:31PM

In an ideal world, Canucks fans would be spending this afternoon excited about the team's home opener against the upstart (but realistically still moribund) squad known as the Edmonton Oilers. Tonight's game would've marked Nail Yakupov's NHL debut, and Canucks fans surely would have cheered deliriously every time a Canucks forward dumped the puck into Justin Schultz's corner and lined him up for a big hit. Also, it would've been hilarious to hear the Rogers Arena faithful chant "Seatt-le! Seatt-le" all game long.

Instead, of course, there's no NHL hockey tonight. But all is not lost, there's plenty of other things that might occupy your time this Saturday evening! Let's explore some options after the jump.

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Poorly Kept Secret Confirmed: Jason Garrison and Alex Edler Are Injured

Thomas Drance
October 12 2012 02:06PM

Jason Garrison and Alex Edler (pictured here with their teammates at the BC Lions game earlier this week) aren't locked out.
They're injured instead.

Defensemen who play for the Vancouver Canucks have traditionally gotten injured at such a rapid rate, that the team's fans have come to believe that the position is cursed. In fairness, this perception may be amplified by the fact that the Canucks employed Sami Salo for most of the past decade. Still, every season it seems, at the worst possible moment, the Canucks' defensive-corps will suffer a critical injury (or two, or three).

In 2010 for example, Willie Mitchell was already out with a concussion and Sami Salo was playing through a testicle injury after being struck in the nether regions by a puck a couple of games previous, when Alex Edler got injured in the first period of an elimination game. The Canucks lost.

In 2011, the club was well poised to win its first Stanley Cup in franchise history, then critical contributor Dan Hamhuis threw an ill-advised hip-check at an offside Milan Lucic in game 1, hurt his groin, and was unable to return in the series. The Canucks lost in seven - in case you forgot.

On Friday afternoon, Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis joined the Team 1040 mid-day show with Blake "happy endings" Price and Matt Sekeres and revealed that the lockout has done nothing to dent the curse. Read past the jump for more.

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Canucks Fans: Still the Worst (Sometimes)

Thomas Drance
October 11 2012 10:25AM

A digital mob attacked the girl who wrote this message.

Canucks fans - as a group - are savvy. Generally they understand the value of a guy like Chris Higgins - whose contributions extend past what you see in the boxscore. Canucks fans - as a group - donate a lot of money to charity. In the past they've got behind initiatives like Five Hole for Food, Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer, or Scrabble Tournaments with Tanner Glass with zeal. Canucks fans - as a group -  support their team voraciously through thick and thin.

But as we've seen repeatedly, and again on Wednesday night, Canucks fans (as a group) are terrible when it comes to keeping things in perspective.

Read on past the jump.

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