December 12 2011 12:55PM
Volpatti's toughness has been lost for the year, and the team still needs to replace his planking ability.
Following a season ending injury to Aaron Volpatti and recent injuries to "skill players" David Booth and Cody Hodgson: the Smylosphere is preoccupied with the Canucks "team toughness", and the personnel on the fourth line. This preoccupation gained added steam following a physical, dirty game against the Ottawa Senators in, which, several Canucks (including Kesler and Edler) were dealt cheap-shots while in vulnerable positions.
December 12 2011 07:36AM
This is a Guest Piece By Andrey Osadchenko
Vancouver is seen by many Russians as a surreal place – it’s about as far out West from Western Russia (the most populated part of the country) as it gets. Maybe this is why there haven’t been a whole lot of ruskies in the Canucks’ system historically. Perhaps, there’s a another explanation for that, but the fact is several of the Russian skaters who made it all the way out to BC became legendary. At least, 3 of them did. Here’s a quick look at the Top-5 Russians who ever played for the blue- green-and-white (or black-yellow and red).
December 11 2011 02:26PM
It was a rough and tumble affair in the Nation's capital last night, but the Canucks comfortably controlled proceedings and dominated the Senators on their way to a convincing 4-1 win. While the Canucks played very well, they didn't comport themselves as well as they performed. The team abandoned to some extent their "between the whistles" mantra and the result was a fair few penalties, a fight to respond to a borderline hit, and what I'd call a loss of focus at times. The Senators aren't a good enough team to make the Canucks pay for this sort of shenanigans, but I'd prefer the Canucks stuck to a more straight up variation of jerk-puck. Also, when discussing referees after games, can we get the team a collective muzzle? A more detailed recap and chance data after the jump.
December 11 2011 12:59PM
Our good friend Shane M (Socialasssassin2 on twitter) has an open invitation to join Canucks Army, but he prefers to just chime in on his own schedule. Previously in this space he's written a well recieved take about the Wayne Simmonds incident. He's inarguably an intelligent, funny and engaged sports fan, with a unique perspective and a habit of stealing his mother's liqour (according to a particular Rogers Sportsnet Host). Here he is chiming in on the Canucks "team toughness" issues. If you like what you read, please go pressure him to blog more!
The Following is a Guest Post From: Shane M
Where have you gone, Raffi Torres?
Last night, in the Nation's capital, the Ottawa Senators attempted to run the Vancouver Canucks out of the building, city and perhaps, the country. Did they succeed? No, but they left Cody Hodgson dazed and confused (although Alain Vigneault said Hodgson is "fine").
December 08 2011 10:54PM
Mason Raymond beats Carey Price short-handed to key the Canucks rally.
It began with a familiar script for the Canucks this season: a series of missed calls, iffy goaltending and some lackluster even-strength play conspired to put the team down early. The Canucks were handily out-chancing the hometown Habs (9-5 in the first twenty minutes) but nonetheless found themselves down two to nothing through twenty minutes. Then Erik Cole turned a Sami Salo turnover at the offensive blueline the other way, and beat Luongo on a softy to put the game away, or so it seemed. That's when the Canucks threw out the the "Fall 2011" script, and turned to the "Winter 2010 script." The show must go on, of course, and the Canucks put on a pretty good one, staging an impressive comeback as Mason Raymond, Cody Hodgson and Sami Salo tallied in the shootout victory.
A more extensive recap, chance data and tonight's statistical three stars after the jump!