Canucks Army Presents: The Canucks Fan Roundtable for March

Thomas Drance
March 10 2013 02:13PM


(Editors Note: in February month we debuted the Canucks fan round-table with a "super table" featuring five questions and seven guest writers. It was a massive success and I really enjoyed putting it together and reading the post, so I figured I'd continue on with this feature going forward - but I've decided to limit myself to four guests and four questions.

Today's featured guests are "Captain Calm" Kirk Paul (@captain_kirk87), Cool lady Ellen Ransford (@_EllieNuck_), a couple of ADHD goofballs in Sam and Charles (both of whom tweet weird stuff from @Sedinitronic) and our good pal Colin (@notafullcolon). Here's the four questions I posed to our esteemed panel:

  • Have Cory Schneider's struggles to begin this season caused you to alter your opinion on his future outlook as a starting NHL goaltender? Has it changed your thinking about which goalie the Canucks should keep?
  • How far can this Canucks team go as currently composed (but assuming Kesler comes back at, say, 75% before the playoffs)? 
  • What's the team's biggest area of need less than a month out from the trade deadline? 
  • What "thing that a majority of Canucks fans think about the team or organization" do you find most annoying?

If you'd like to participate just let me know in the comments section and I'll consider you! Read on past the jump for the round table!)

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On Drop Passes, Power-Play Execution and Push Ups

Thomas Drance
March 09 2013 05:29PM

Alex Burrows failed to score on this golden power-play opportunity on Tuesday.
That fact pretty much sums up Vancouver's power-play the past two weeks, actually.
Photo Credit: Derek Leung/Getty Images

We've talked about it a bunch this week, but Vancouver's power-play has gone cold.

Since an Alex Burrows' power-play marker scored way back on February 21st against the Dallas Stars, the Canucks have failed to ripple the mesh on twenty-two straight power-play opportunities. Since Ryan Kesler (the team's most efficient power-play scorer and power-play shot leader for the past three seasons) went back onto the injured reserve with a broken foot, the power-play has gone zero for ten.

Much, much more on Vancouver's power-play woes after the jump.

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The Canucks at the Half Way Mark (or Near Enough)

Thomas Drance
March 08 2013 06:14PM

Roberto Luongo: in the background but still the main focus.
That's just a description of the photo, I'm not alluding to his trade status or anything.

Over a typical hockey season any given team is going to have their ups and downs. Of course, a forty eight game season isn't a typical hockey season but even so, as the old saying goes: a team is never as bad as they might look at their worst, nor as good as they might look at their best. 

Last night the Canucks lost to Columbus and though they were marginally the better team overall, they weren't nearly good enough. As such the Vancouver market demands blood and I understand that. But I think it's worth remembering that Thursday night's loss to Columbus shouldn't change our overall assessment of the quality of this hockey team, and neither should Vancouver's recent, more extended run of mediocrity (three wins in ten games, with a 3-3-4 overall record). 

Read on past the jump.

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Canucks Take off their Pants and Blue Jacket

Thomas Drance
March 07 2013 10:52PM

This is the exact moment that Cory Schneider realizes his team has lost to the worst club in the NHL.
(Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Over the past week the Canucks have played four games, posting a 1-1-2 record in four games against the San Jose Sharks, the Los Angeles Kings, the Calgary Flames and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Their Sybil-like inconsistency over the past week has been something of a microcosm for their season: they were excellent against Los Angeles and San Jose and pretty damn dreadful while facing AHL-quality goaltending in Calgary this past Sunday. On Thursday night they reprised the subpar form they flashed in Calgary, against the Blue Jackets in Columbus.

There were some bright-spots: Zack Kassian had jump throughout the contest and looks to have left his February doldrums in the past month. Meanwhile Jannik Hansen was involved and impressive (again), and the pairing of Jason Garrison and Dan Hamhuis put on an exhibition in steadiness. But there were more negatives, and those negatives were of the big picture variety. While Cory Schneider continued his average play, Chris Tanev looked not-quite-ready to handle tougher matchups in the top-four. Meanwhile Alex Edler - well - he had a flaming tire fire of an outing. Add it all up and the Canucks weren't good enough to beat the league's worst team.

Read on past the jump for more analysis and scoring chance data.

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Game #23 Preview: Canucks @ Blue Jackets (Also Headshots)

Thomas Drance
March 07 2013 04:18PM

Dan Hamhuis and David Booth taking a wiz (out of the play).

Today at Canucks Army we wrote a treatise on Vancouver's power-play struggles and discussed the disappointing returns the Canucks have recouped on the Booth gamble so far. We also put off writing a game preview for too long (I'll admit that I forgot that Columbus is located in the Eastern timezone) so we're going to do a "Game Preview/Headshots mashup" today!

Read on past the jump for that! 

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