Game #52 Preview - Downhill Slide

Thomas Drance
February 04 2012 07:16AM


It has been nearly three months since Avs Winger Daniel Winnick "hadouken'd" Alex Edler.

 Game Day Recon: Game #52 - Canucks @ Avalanche

Early this afternoon the "slumping" Canucks visit the Mile High City for another Saturday day-game that won't be televised, or covered, by Hockey Night in Canada. It's the Canucks third non-HNIC, Saturday day-game in 2012, with the memorable affairs in Boston, and in Vancouver against San Jose, being the other recent examples.

Are all of these early starts responsible for the breakdown in the Canucks once-vaunted possession game over the past four weeks? Probably not, but they're getting to be a bit frustrating! The CBC may not produce my favorite hockey broadcast anymore, but damn-it, seeing les boys on Hockey Night still means something! 

A longer recap, underlying numbers from both teams, and more after the jump!

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Headshots February 2nd

Thomas Drance
February 02 2012 02:40PM


Keith Ballard checking out the photos he took of AV's Dog-House.

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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Foreshadowing: Hodgson Named Rookie of the Month for January

Thomas Drance
February 02 2012 11:56AM


Yep Corey, that puck is indeed behind you.
(Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

When Cody Hodgson isn't stealing jobs and hearts - he's busy making an impressive mid-season run that may yet earn him a Calder nomination. Today the NHL recognized the incredible run Hodgson has been on, by naming him "NHL Rookie of the Month" in January.

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Canucks Best Blackhawks in Extra Time: Recap and Chance Data

Thomas Drance
February 01 2012 01:10AM

 
Unbelievably, what happened next didn't result in a goal.

It was a fast paced, hard-fought regular season classic at Rogers Arena on Tuesday night, which, was what we expected with the Blackhawks in town. It was also the first head-to-head game between the two clubs since Dave Bolland publicly called the Sedin twins "sisters" who "sleep in bunk-beds." Despite the history and the animosity, it was a largely clean game that featured only two penalties. With the Canucks vaunted power-play neutered, the Blackhawks proceeded to out-shoot and out-chance the Canucks throughout the game. The Blackhawk advantage was particularly noticeable in the second frame (usually the Canucks weakest) but they failed to capitalize on an assortment of gift-wrapped goals off of turnovers, and odd-man rushes.

Finally, the Blackhawks took the lead early in the third period on a Stalberg back-hander, but Cody Franchise tied the game a few minutes later as the Canucks capitalized on a lazy break-out by Blackhawks rookie sensation Andrew Shaw and Jonathan Toews (who was otherwise dominant). Eventually the twins combined to win it in overtime, but not before Cory Schneider put an exclamation mark on his dominant evening, stopping two straight Blackhawk breakaways in the extra frame.

A full recap, chance data and tonight's statistical three stars after the jump.

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Headshots January 31st

Thomas Drance
January 31 2012 04:27PM


Parents beware, it's a trap!

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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