What has happened to the Canucks power-play?

Thomas Drance
March 07 2013 12:36PM

Daniel Sedin is at the heart of Vancouver's power-play issues.
Photo Uncredited via PITB

During the entirety of the Mike Gillis era, the Canucks have boasted a polished, effective and deadly power-play. Along with stellar goaltending the Canucks' ability to consistently "make opponent's pay" with the man-advantage has been a decisive part of the team's ability to consistently outperform their puck possession numbers. A power-play that generates shots at a top-ten rate and capitalizes frequently is an ingrained feature of this Vancouver club's DNA, and perhaps we took that for granted prior to the start of this lockout shortened season.

For whatever reason, the Canucks appear to have taken a monumental step backwards this season at five-on-four. Forget the middling conversion rate (20th in the league as of this writing) since that tells us more about the symptoms than the ailment. What's really concerning from my vantage point is the team's complete inability to generate shots on net in five-on-four situations. In fact, the underlying shot data suggests that Vancouver might have the second worst power-play in the entire league so far this season...

Why has Vancouver's power-play effectiveness atrophied so dramatically this season? Read on past the jump.

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Afternoon Headshots: March 6th

Thomas Drance
March 06 2013 05:56PM

Jeff Vinnick captures the precise moment M.E. Vlasic feels the impact of this Jannik Hansen hit.
I feel like Vlasic face could be a thing.

Today at Canucks Army we wondered whether or not the Canucks were maybe, possibly thinking about trading the wrong goaltender, scoffed at Damien Cox's latest criticism of Mike Gillis' avarice on the Luongo trade front and recapped Tuesday night's home shootout loss against the San Jose Sharks.

More links and analysis (and links to analysis) after the jump.

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Strombabble: Did Gillis' "Greed" Cause him to whiff on Bozak and Kadri?

Thomas Drance
March 06 2013 12:27PM

Did Mike Gillis' "Greed" cost the Canucks Nazem Kadri?
Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press

This morning Damien Cox caused a bit of a stir on Twitter when he began criticizing Canucks management for turning down a trade with the Maple Leafs at the NHL draft this past June:

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Afternoon Headshots: March 5th

Thomas Drance
March 05 2013 06:43PM

Biesellent is such dad humour.
Via Sealcat, who else?

Today at our humble old Canucks blog we guffawed at some funny photos of Zack Kassian, tried our best (and mostly failed) to figure out whether or not Nicklas Jensen was AHL eligible following his successful season in the Swedish Elite League, laughed at the ineptitude of the Northwest Division and previewed tonight's contest between the Canucks and the Sharks.

Lots of other Canucks news happened too (okay, not lots but some!) and we'll recap it after the jump.

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Nicklas Jensen finishes off his SEL Season, will be assigned to Chicago this week

Thomas Drance
March 05 2013 02:22PM

Nicklas Jensen celebrates a goal with AIK in October.
Photo Uncredited Via Expressen.

On Tuesday morning Nicklas Jensen's season with Swedish Elite League team AIK came to an end, and he scored a third period goal to seal the win in his final game. According to Vancouver's Assistant General Manager Lorne Henning, Nicklas Jensen will be assigned to Chicago on Friday.

That said his eligibility for American Hockey League action isn't quite a slam-dunk yet.

Read on past the jump for more.

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