The Jerk-Puck Puzzle: So, Duco?

Thomas Drance
February 13 2012 02:07PM


Mike Duco had a controversial start to his Canucks tenure, but since, he's done nothing but impress. He looks like he's straight out of the 19th Century with that villainous facial hair; and his penchant for targeting the opposition's stars (or those players taking liberties with Canucks skaters) has earned him praise from the team's closest observers. As was pointed out today on Twitter: Mike Duco plays hockey like a guided ballistic missile

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Game #55 Preview: Hell-Fire

Thomas Drance
February 11 2012 12:52PM

What do the Canucks and Flames have in common? Zombies Left Wingers.

Game Day Recon: Game #55 - Canucks @ Flames

Today there are all sorts of Canucks goodies. It's hockey day in Canada, Trevor Linden is the featured article on Wikipedia, and the Canucks will face-off against the Flames, in Calgary tonight! Add in the fact that the Bruins and Blackhawks are struggling, and it's a pretty good moment in time for Canucks fans!

It will be the fourth meeting between the Flames and the Canucks this season. Vancouver dominated the first two games, before the Flames scored a victory in the most recent meeting between the two clubs on December 23rd. The aggregate score mid-way through the season series between is 11-5 in Vancouver's favour. 

A more detailed preview, underlying numbers and the 3 keys to the game after the break!

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Seriously though, where are the Wild Things? Recap and Chance Data

Thomas Drance
February 09 2012 11:49PM

The Canucks shook off their Xxcel demons and secured a 5-2 road win in Minny.

With the exception of one fleeting moment when Byron Bitz sent a back-hand saucer pass to Henrik Sedin for a tap-in, tonight's win wasn't pretty. But it was effective, and the Canucks capitalized on a variety of bounces to earn a convincing 5-2 win over the Minnesota Mild. More important than the victory, which, heightened the team's perch atop the Northwest Division to a K2-like 15 points, it was another solid 5-on-5 performance from Vancouver's club. Neither the WIld nor the Preds are stellar possession teams, but after the dismal run the team was on, it's good to see them stop the bleeding.

While the victory was convincing, the Canucks still needed to overcome some weak penalty-killing, and the fastest goal in Minnesota Wild history. That goal, scored 13 seconds into the first by Dan Heatley, should've foreshadowed a long-night for the road-team; but from there Vancouver mostly dictated proceedings.

The Canucks capitalized on a mid-period 5-on-3 power-play - the result of a Matt Cullen high-stick on Alex Edler, and a Nate Prosser trip on Cody Hodgson - when Daniel Sedin got just enough on a rebound to direct it past Niklas Backstrom. Maxim  Lapierre then put the Canucks up one when he scored a garbage goal off of another Edler rebound. In the second, the team bucked another recent trend by putting in a strong performance in the middle frame, and functionally put the Wild away with a Henrik goal off of a sweet back-hand apple from Bitz. Other than a flukey Malhotra trip, a run in with Clutterbuck and a beauty Setoguchi snipe: it was mostly smooth sailing from there.

A more detailed recap, scoring chance data and the Statistical Three Stars after the jump!

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Headshots February 9th

Thomas Drance
February 09 2012 03:06PM

How scary would Giant Kevin BieksaZilla be in real life? Answer: very scary

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

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Canucks Bitzkrieg Predators: Recap and Chance Data

Thomas Drance
February 07 2012 10:49PM

Bitz and the twins celebrate the Canucks third goal... Wait, the twins and who?

On Tuesday night, the Canucks and the Predators continued a recent trend of playing strange, high-scoring games against each other. The Canucks jumped out to an early lead thanks to a power-play goal from Kesler, followed by goals from Byron Bitz and Daniel Sedin (set up by Byron Bitz just twenty-three seconds after Bitz's goal). We'll now take a brief musical interlude:

"And the man at the back said Everyone attack and it turned into a Byyyron Bitz. And the girl in the corner said Boy, I wanna warn ya, it'll turn into a Byyyron Bitz! Byyyyyyron Bitz."

Anyway, back to our gamer, the Predators got two ugly goals in the second and tied the game up. One of their goals came off of the skate of Sergei Kostitsyn, and the second was a puck that Mike Fisher deflected, Luongo stopped, and then kicked into his own net. It was the sort of goal that the Predators specialize in scoring against Luongo: totally unrepeatable fluke goals that make Vancouver's star goaltender look silly. At least that one wasn't a bank-shot from below the goal line!

In the third period the Canucks finally took over a hockey game for the first time in weeks! They handily out-chanced the Predators in the frame, and while they were unable to solve Rinne, it was nice to see Vancouver's hockey club return to something resembling the form fans of the team are used to. In the shootout Luongo stopped five of six Predators shooters, allowing the Canucks to overcome 2 hit posts (by Hodgson and Daniel Sedin) in the skills competition. The bonus point from tonight's contest puts the team just one game back of the Red Wings for first in the West with one game in hand.

A more detailed recap, chance data and the statistical three stars after the jump!

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