Undermanned Canucks Squad Loses Another Meaningless Game

Thomas Drance
September 30 2011 01:00AM


Photo Credit: Robert Galbraith, REUTERS

The Canucks dressed their third line, their third pairing, Cody Hodgson, Mikael Samuelsson and a bunch of empty sweaters on Thursday evening against the majority of the San Jose Sharks opening night line-up. Predictably they were trounced and shut-out by a score of 3-0. Pavelski, Boyle and McGinn tallied for San Jose and Thomas Greiss made twenty-five saves for the shutout.

The game was reasonably entertaining I thought - except for when three fights, two of them staged fights directly off of consecutive face-offs - decimated the game's pace. At issue - Keith Ballard's totally clean hip-checks, which, the Sharks took objection too in the playoffs last season, and continue to be irrationally annoyed by. It's worth noting that - if anything - Ballard's desire to throw submarining hip-checks increased in the third period, so San Jose's efforts to deter that type of hit were a total waste.

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Patrick Kane's First Hour on Twitter

Thomas Drance
September 29 2011 09:47AM

Last night, Blackhawks sniper and Luongo nemesis Patrick Kane joined twitter. As the Blackhawks best offensive player - Patrick Kane is generally hated in these parts - but objectively he's pretty awesome. Consider that he's got super elite puck control skills, he scores a lot (goals and woman) and generally seems to live a hilarious, boozy life-style filled with things I think are cool (winning Stanley Cups, drinking, growing a disgusting mullet for jokes). He does some douchey stuff too like beating on cabbies over twenty cents, and taking his shirt off in limos - but I think most hockey fans can agree - Patrick Kane is fun to watch play hockey, and his off-ice exploits are also pretty hilarious. To have the guy on twitter has a lot of comedic potential, but the question remains - will it last? A controversial guy with a particular reputation and a big profile gets a lot of @mentions on the twitter-box, and some of them are super weird. Will he get scared off? If Patrick Kane's first hour on twitter is any indication... Probably yeah.

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Canucks Dress Legitimate NHL Lineup, Fall to Ducks 3-2

Thomas Drance
September 29 2011 12:38AM


This photo rules because it looks like Burrows and Getzlaf are combining to hold one super long stick.
Photo Credit: Mike Blake REUTERS

The Canucks fell behind early to the Ducks in preseason action this evening, eventually losing by a score of 3-2. It was the first game of the preseason in which the Canucks dressed a majority of legitimate NHL skaters, and the "core of the team" looked rusty in spots, but were still generally effective - out-shooting the Ducks by a wide margin.

Jonas Hiller made thirty one saves in the win, several of the larcenous variety, while Luongo looked particularly rusty allowing two weak goals and three goals on twenty-two shots in the loss. The Canucks got goals from Henrik Sedin, Sami Salo on the two man-advantage, and Mark Mancari (who tipped a dangerous cross-crease feed from Cam Fowler into his own team's net). In the last couple of minutes in the game, the Canucks failed to capitalize on a 6-on-3 advantage with Luongo on the bench and two Ducks skater in the penalty-box.

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Evening Headshots September 28th

Thomas Drance
September 28 2011 07:08PM


The Canucks can't seem to get into the Winners Only Party.
Ryan Reynolds can, but no one accepts his free drink offers.

Headshots are a Canucksarmy feature where we link to the days freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, made a tribute video or birthed a clever .gif into existence - please e-mail me at thom.drance@gmail.com.

The above image is from a post about the Canucks "Stanley Cup Finals hangover" from Days of Y'Orr. The DOY guys have averaged about a post per week devoted exclusively to the Canucks, their fans and the city of Vancouver. That's more posts over the course of the last few months than fifty percent of the "bigger" Canucks blogs in the smylosphere. Thats... Well it's something.

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Pre-Season Roster Battles

Thomas Drance
September 28 2011 02:54PM


Will Keith Ballard start the season in the Canucks Top-Six?

Great news - the Canucks are dressing an NHL quality line-up this evening against Anaheim, and will probably do so again tomorrow against the Sharks. Tonight the Canucks will go with what many expect to be their opening day top-6 forward group (The twins, and Burrows, Sturm-Hodgson-Samuelsson) as well as their projected top-4 defense and Luongo in net. I'm excited - we haven't really enjoyed some high-quality "Sedinery" since the Western Conference Final - and I require a hit of that.

Though the "core" of the team is beginning to see action with three games left in the preseason, there are still some roster battles to be fleshed out. Who will replace Kesler? Who will begin the season as the teams left defenseman on the third pairing? And which two players will line up outside Maxim Lapierre on the fourth line? Let's take a quick look!

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