Headshots February 7th

Thomas Drance
February 07 2012 02:57PM


Raymond played his 300th game Saturday, Matthew Henderson made an infograph for the milestone.

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

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Vigneault's Blender

Thomas Drance
February 07 2012 12:12PM

 
The... Canucks... Lines... Chopped... And... Screwed.

It is becoming obvious that the Canucks have become Hamlet. First of all, they're being visited by the ghost of Tebow. Secondly, with Jannik Hansen struggling, something is rotten in the state of Denmark; and now, apparently, Alain Vigneault has gone mad. According to Botch, here's what the lines looked like at practice:

D. Sedin - Kesler - Burrows

Bitz - Henrik - Raymond

Booth - Hodgson - Hansen

Malhotra - Lapierre - Weise

Indisputably, that's pretty weird. But while Vigneault catches a lot of flack in the Vancouver market for some of his seemingly absurd roster moves, to his credit: he's willing to make ballsy decisions, and is cheeky about the over-wrought reactions some of his line combinations engender.

Read on past the jump!

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Headshots February 6th

Thomas Drance
February 06 2012 03:07PM

 

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

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The Shea Weber Test

Thomas Drance
February 06 2012 11:15AM

Tomorrow the Canucks will face-off against the Predators, but today they'll take the day-off in Music City, Tennessee. With the trade deadline exactly three weeks away, there is no more desirable target for Canucks fans than Olympic Gold Medalist, Norris frontrunner and B.C. native Shea Weber - who currently dominates from the back-end for Hockey's version of the The Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The probability of the Canucks ever acquiring Shea Weber is remote, but while it's within the realm of loose-feasibility over the next year and a half, there's absolutely zero chance of it happening this month.  

Of course, the fact that Shea Weber definitely won't be a Canuck this season, will do nothing to stop folks who covers the team from writing about that possibility over the next forty-eight hours. If you like closing your eyes and fantasizing about the Sedins cycling to set up Weber point-blasts, the next two days are custom made for you! But I'm not interested in discussing Shea Weber's imminent arrival in Vancouver as a realistic, or even far-fetched possibility; I'm interested in discussing it in the abstract. More after the jump.

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Canucks Channel Houdini, Magically Escape From Denver With 2 Points: Recap and Scoring Chance Data

Thomas Drance
February 04 2012 06:25PM


Bieksa found the back of the net with 35 seconds remaining in Saturday's game.

It's becoming something of a theme of late, but the Canucks managed yet another "great escape" this afternoon in Denver. If the team's inability to control possession wasn't nearing the "20 game milestone," I'd find it amusing! Instead, I'm getting pretty worried. Sure the Canucks are picking up points in most of the games in which they're out-played, but they've been extremely lucky. And their goaltending has been unsustainably good.

Today the Canucks came out flat and let their opponent dictate the pace. The team's trademark creativity was only visible in their own end of the rink, where they produced a greater variety of turnovers than a Pillsbury factory. The team was out-chanced 19-12 at even-strength, the penalty kill was porous, and the first power-play unit allowed three chances against in nearly 6:30 of ice-time.

Despite the team's uninspired play, they managed to get the two points thanks mostly to Roberto Luongo, with habitual fan-base scapegoats Raymond and Bieksa scoring "clutch" markers as well. A more detailed recap, chance data and the statistical three stars after the jump!

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