April 30 2013 10:14PM
Zack Kassian's playoff mullet, in picstitch form.
Image via Derek Jory at Fort Nucks.
Today at CanucksArmy we gave away our year end awards to a variety of Canucks for the 2013 regular season, previewed the first round series between the Canucks at Sharks at length (and we mean it when we say "at length"), and discussed whether or not Frank Corrado is the right call for Vancouver's third-pairing.
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April 30 2013 02:41PM
Photograph by Thearon W Henderson/Getty
In analyzing the Canucks's upcoming first round series matchup against the San Jose Sharks, many commentators have noted the similarities between the two teams, the two coaches (and their perch upon a rather hot seat), and the two organizations as a whole. Beyond being evenly matched heading into their first round matchup, both the Canucks and Sharks have sustained regular season success over the years, and have maintained their core group despite the temptation to tear it all apart after repeated postseason failure.
For all of the "mirror image" talk, there is a major difference between these two teams that will shape how the series ultimately plays out. In particular, the Sharks strength as a hockey club is in their enviable depth and special teams play, while Vancouver's is at the top-end of their roster and at even-strength. This series looks to be very close and we'll get into why it's such a coin flip, in exhausting details, after the jump.
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April 29 2013 05:42PM
It's NHL Playoff's eve and that means it was a busy day at Canucks Army. We podcasted with Kevin Woodley and Elliotte Friedman, we touched on the San Jose-Vancouver series being snubbed by CBC, I self-flaggelated over for some weak preseason prognosticating regarding Vancouver's goal totals this season, argued that playing Andrew Ebbett over Jordan Schroeder doesn't make much sense, and delved into the reasons why Jason Garrison should play on Vancouver's top power-play unit.
We also introduced the Nation Network's NHL Playoff Pick'Em Contest: Streak Cred, which you should totally get in on since it supports a couple of good causes, will be an awful lot of fun to play over the next couple of months, and gives you an opportunity to win some great prizes (including a trip for two to attend Oktoberfest in Bavaria).
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April 29 2013 03:01PM
Photo Credit Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty
On Wednesday evening, the Canucks will open their first round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks are quite possibly the league's single best special teams club, and the Canucks will be hard pressed to match them in this area.
One adjustment that could help is changing up the first unit so that it features Jason Garrison's ridiculously powerful slapshot. I'm convinced that the Canucks need to add some heavy artillery to the first power-play unit, and I crunched some numbers in an attempt to prove it. Check it out after the jump.
April 29 2013 02:32PM
Phorograph by: Jamie Sabau, NHILI/Getty Images
On the very same day the Canucks acquired Derek Roy, they sent Jordan Schroeder back to Chicago. He hasn't been back with the team since, as the Canucks coaching staff has preferred to roll with Andrew Ebbett in the lineup and often in their top-nine.
I'm very much unconvinced that this makes any sense in the postseason, and I'll explain why after the jump.