January 12 2012 12:26PM
The Sedins are going back to the All-Star Game. Matthew Barnaby? Not so much.
The NHL's All-Stars were announced today, and to the surprise of absolutely no one, the Sedins will appear in the game at Scotiabank Place on January 29th. It will be Henrik's third trip to the NHL's sponsorship showcase, and Daniel's second. Cody Hodgson will also represent the Canucks at all-star weekend as a member of the "All-Star Rookies" team. The biggest surprise inclusion was Alex Edler, who will make his first career All-Star appearance in Ottawa.
January 11 2012 10:01AM
It was the second game of a back-to-back and the team's 9th game in the last 16 days, and did it ever show. The Canucks needed a cheapish shootout goal to escape Tampa Bay with two points, despite the fact that the Lightning thoroughly dominated proceedings on Tuesday. The Canucks were pummeled at even-strength, and surrendered 25! total chances to last season's Eastern Conference bridesmaid.
Luckily for Vancouver, they had Cory Schneider in net and he had a terrific game despite the four goals allowed. In fact the play of Schneider, contrasted with the less than stellar performance of Dwayne Roloson for Tampa, allowed the Canucks to snatch two points from the jaws of defeat.
A more thorough recap, the statistical three stars and scoring chance data after the jump.
January 10 2012 11:50PM
I'm writing this just after 1:30 AM EST, so it has now been roughly 81 hours since the conclusion of the Canucks dramatic 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday afternoon. Yet still, in the Boston or the Vancouver markets, that game and these two teams are all anyone seems able to talk about. The media, the fan-bases, the management, the players - they all hate each other. The Bruins have called out Shanahan, they've made Bertuzzi references, while the Canucks have mocked the Bruins' intelligence and made some vague threats about "getting back" at Marchand at some undefined time in the future. It's all very dramatic.
To that end, the video embedded above is possibly the best piece of "CANUCKS BRUINS RIVALRY OMG" media that's been produced to date. Basically Tony Gallagher joined Shawn Thornton and some Boston homer media host to discuss the Dale Weise non-fight, among other unresolved issues from Saturday's contest. Here are some highlights:
January 10 2012 09:34AM
I spent much of Monday on twitter pointing out why it's impossible to look at Marchand's "low-bridge" hit on Salo in the context of other hip-checks (as Bruins fans, and Boston media were desperately trying to do). In my view Marchand's was a uniquely predatory hit, with it's own particular context, and we certainly didn't see anything like it in last years playoffs. I thought Harrison Mooney nailed it on Sunday, and I personally saw the two punches to the head of Sami Salo prior to Marchand's submarining as indicative of intent. I'm usually reluctant to ascribe injurious intent to players on hits if there isn't tangible evidence (like multiple cheap-shots five seconds prior to the hit) to support it. In this case, I thought it was pretty clear cut.
January 09 2012 09:25AM
Donald Fehr Executive Director of the NHLPA, who on Friday rejected the NHL's proposed realignment.
It's a safe bet that the Canucks organization is particularly unhappy about it.
When Donald Fehr and the NHLPA rejected the NHL's popular realignment plan, scrapping the plan at least for next hockey season, the Canucks cannot have been pleased. From my perspective as a Canucks fan, I'm disappointed. I was looking forward to seeing the Wild shipped out of the division, and to the Canucks playing in the same conference as their burgeoning rivals in California.
From my perspective as a hockey fan, however, it's nice to see the NHLPA show some back-bone and with CBA negotiations being right around the corner, it makes sense for the union to secure every available bargaining chip in advance. Nonetheless, the Canucks are clearly among the league's biggest losers in the wake of the NHLPA rejection. Let's take a look at why: