Wild Defeat the Canuc....Zzzzzz Recap and Scoring Chances

Thomas Drance
March 19 2012 09:45PM

Alex Burrows battles, kind of, to create traffic against Wild netminder Josh Harding who recorded the easy shutout.
(Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

It's pretty clear that the Canucks just don't care. That's not an excuse, and its been so long since the team put in a solid sixty minute effort that you can forgive fans in the Vancouver market who aren't well disposed to "trusting" this particular team in a seven-game series, but I'm still convinced it's true.

In tonight's game against the Wild, the Canucks attempted more even-strength shots (52-45) than Minnesota and had roughly an equal number of shots on goal. Most of those shots, however, were of the dreaded "perimeter" variety, and by the chance data the Canucks were absolutely crushed in this game.

Vancouver's blueliners took 12 shots, and the forwards took many of the remaining 21 from odd angles, or from well over 40 feet out. Most of those shots hardly troubled Josh Harding. The way the Canucks avoided the "tough areas" of the ice, and were content to just set up point shots repeatedly, indicates to me that the team is cruising and primarily looking to avoid injury. 

When you put a half-hearted effort into just about anything, you get the result you deserve. Tonight that meant a two-zip loss at the hands of the league's worst possession team.

Click past the jump for a more thorough recap, chance data and the statistical three stars.

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Headshots March 19th

Thomas Drance
March 19 2012 03:20PM

Dorsett yells at his teammates to pick up Alex Edler on Saturday night.
Dorsett's teammates responded by taking a nap.

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 me at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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Kesler, Canucks to Support You Can Play

Thomas Drance
March 19 2012 02:43PM


The You Can Play project was launched by the Burke family in honour of Brendan Burke, a gay athlete who perished tragically in late 2009. I'm proud of the way the hockey community is leading the way on a critical social issue, the acceptance of LGBT athletes in professional sports, and I was thrilled today to hear that the organization has added their newest spokesman - Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks.

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Game #72 Preview - Expunging The Xcel Demons

Thomas Drance
March 19 2012 12:19PM

The Canucks, fresh off a win over Columbus on Saturday that was altogether too close for comfort, will look to continue to shake out some cobwebs tonight as they roll into the home-base of the Minnesota Wild. The Canucks are hated in Minnesota, and generally speaking have had some memorably godawful games at the Xcel Energy Center over the past couple of seasons. From the Rypien incident, to the 5-2 shellacking they took in November - the Canucks are occasionally ambushed by their Xcel demons, despite consistently being a far superior side to the one the Wild ice.

Tonight, they'll face Josh Harding, with Mason Raymond in the press-box, Manny Malhotra back in the lineup and Cory Schneider in net. Will the twins be reunited with the Burrows? Is the Edler-Bieksa experiment finally over?

Read past the jump for a more thorough recap, underlying numbers and the three keys to the game!

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Game #71 Preview: Canucks Look to get off the Schneid

Thomas Drance
March 17 2012 11:20AM


Of late the Canucks are reeling. Or, more accurately, they're mired in a minor losing streak punctuated by defensive breakdowns, and general indifference. Results aside, the team has played a much better possession game since the trade deadline, and I'd argue that they've been better over the past two weeks than they were in January for example (when they were winning every game, but playing really brutal hockey).

If the Canucks can stop giving up odd-man rushes by the dozen, they'll be fine, and a game against the league's worst team on Hockey Night in Canada should be a good opportunity to turn things around. Though the defensive play has been spotty, Roberto Luongo's McSofty coupon book (2-for-1 special!) has also been wide open over the past couple of weeks. He'll be on the bench tonight, as the Canucks look to get off the Schneid with Schneider between the pipes.

For a more detailed preview, underlying numbers and the three keys to the game click past the jump!

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