The Shea Weber Test

Thomas Drance
February 06 2012 11:15AM

Tomorrow the Canucks will face-off against the Predators, but today they'll take the day-off in Music City, Tennessee. With the trade deadline exactly three weeks away, there is no more desirable target for Canucks fans than Olympic Gold Medalist, Norris frontrunner and B.C. native Shea Weber - who currently dominates from the back-end for Hockey's version of the The Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The probability of the Canucks ever acquiring Shea Weber is remote, but while it's within the realm of loose-feasibility over the next year and a half, there's absolutely zero chance of it happening this month.  

Of course, the fact that Shea Weber definitely won't be a Canuck this season, will do nothing to stop folks who covers the team from writing about that possibility over the next forty-eight hours. If you like closing your eyes and fantasizing about the Sedins cycling to set up Weber point-blasts, the next two days are custom made for you! But I'm not interested in discussing Shea Weber's imminent arrival in Vancouver as a realistic, or even far-fetched possibility; I'm interested in discussing it in the abstract. More after the jump.

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Canucks Channel Houdini, Magically Escape From Denver With 2 Points: Recap and Scoring Chance Data

Thomas Drance
February 04 2012 06:25PM

Bieksa found the back of the net with 35 seconds remaining in Saturday's game.

It's becoming something of a theme of late, but the Canucks managed yet another "great escape" this afternoon in Denver. If the team's inability to control possession wasn't nearing the "20 game milestone," I'd find it amusing! Instead, I'm getting pretty worried. Sure the Canucks are picking up points in most of the games in which they're out-played, but they've been extremely lucky. And their goaltending has been unsustainably good.

Today the Canucks came out flat and let their opponent dictate the pace. The team's trademark creativity was only visible in their own end of the rink, where they produced a greater variety of turnovers than a Pillsbury factory. The team was out-chanced 19-12 at even-strength, the penalty kill was porous, and the first power-play unit allowed three chances against in nearly 6:30 of ice-time.

Despite the team's uninspired play, they managed to get the two points thanks mostly to Roberto Luongo, with habitual fan-base scapegoats Raymond and Bieksa scoring "clutch" markers as well. A more detailed recap, chance data and the statistical three stars after the jump!

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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

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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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