May 03 2013 04:49PM
Just a tremendous image. Via Redditer Etzio192.
Today at CanucksArmy we micro-analyzed Vancouver's faceoff issues, looked at whether or not Friday night's game qualified as a must win (it kind of does), talked at length about the Canucks 2011 draft class which is looking pretty interesting in the wake of Alexandre Grenier and Henrik Tommernes signing entry-level contracts, rounded up the Canucks week in quips, and of course previewed tonight's Canucks game, which is kind of a big one for the Canucks to win lest they end up like the frustrated T-Rex in the image above...
More Canucks links and stuff after the jump.
May 03 2013 10:56AM
All eyes will be on Luogno, as usual, in game 2.
Photograph by: (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)
It didn't take long for the Canucks to get their backs up against the wall in the 2013 playoffs. Teams have come back from 2-0 deficits in a playoff series in the past, hell it happens every second year or so, but usually that team is the road team. Vancouver's already lost home-ice advantage, and the outlook for this series will turn grim if the team loses again on Friday night...
If they hope to avoid that fate, they'll need to generate more quality looks and test Niemi. The Canucks only challenged Niemi with five difficult shots on Wednesday night, a paltry number and not nearly enough, especially when you consider that none of those shots came in the third period of a tied playoff game.
Read past the jump for more.
May 03 2013 10:04AM
The Canucks Signed Henrik Tommernes to an Entry-Level Deal This Week.
Photograph by BILDBYRÅN via Aftonbladet.
Among a certain segment of Canucks fan, the 2011 NHL Draft is more widely known as "the draft the year after the Canucks took Adam Polasek ahead of Brendan Gallagher." But it's looking like it could actually be an interesting one. This week the Canucks signed two more of the eight players they selected in Minnesota that year in puckmoving defenceman Henrik Tommernes (team press release), and beanpole forward Alexandre Grenier (team press release).
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May 02 2013 01:12AM
Logan Couture powered the Sharks to victory in Game 1 of their first round series against the Canucks.
(Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
On Wednesday night the Vancouver Canucks opened the 2013 playoffs with a three to one loss at home against the San Jose Sharks. For the most part the game unfolded as we expected as game one was tightly contested, evenly matched, and extremely physical. There isn't a lot of daylight separating the Sharks from the Canucks in terms of overall team quality, and on a night where a sixty minute effort was required from the hockey club in order to stack the deck in their favour, the Canucks only really gave twenty.
It was the team's fifth straight home loss in the postseason dating back to game seven of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, a fact that might provide us with a partial answer to the question, "why aren't Canucks playoff tickets selling like hot cakes this spring?"
Read past the jump for more analysis and scoring chance data.
May 01 2013 06:18PM
Image via Brendan Hoare.
Today at our hockey blog we reacted to the news that Roberto Luongo will start game one, unveiled our new partnership with PlayNow Sports that includes a wicked offer for CanucksArmy readers and set up tonight's game with a podcast. Of course if you want to read our absurdly exhaustive series preview, do that before the playoff opener!
Read past the jump for more Canucks news and stuff!