April 28 2013 10:21AM
Alright dudes, we finished outside the bottom-5! Can't wait for summer vacation and a standing O from the fans!
Photo by John Ulan/NHLI via Getty Images
The playoff matchups are set and the Canucks will face a very good hockey team in the San Jose Sharks in their first round series this week. It promises to be a good one, partly because it'll feature a Canucks team that doesn't play the likes of Derek Joslin and Cam Barker for nearly twenty-minutes a game. On Saturday night, the Canucks did just that and were stomped by the Edmonton Oilers in a really ugly five minute span. Last month in Edmonton that span came right at the start of the game, and on Saturday night it came right at the end. As the Canucks advance to the playoffs, perhaps we should be happy that they won't face the young Oilers in Edmonton exclusively on Hockey Night in Canada in the first round...
Read past the jump for scoring chance data and some analysis.
April 27 2013 12:28PM
Photo Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
The Oilers, fresh off of pantsing the living hell out of the somehow playoff bound Minnesota Wild on Friday and killing the dream of a Canucks first round bye, will look to finish another disappointing season off on a winning note. The Canucks meanwhile, have a final opportunity to tune up for the postseason and also another opportunity for a key player to go down with an injury. I know for sure that there will be a number of fatalistic Canucks fans watching Saturday's contest whilst holding their breath...
Read past the jump.
April 26 2013 07:11PM
The team acknowledges the fans following the final home game of the regular season.
Photograph by Jeff Vinnick NHLI/Getty
On a wonderful Friday at CanucksArmy (wonderful because it's Friday and the sun in shining, not necessarily because of the content) we recapped last night's Canucks loss to the depleted Anaheim Ducks, looked at which games this weekend would impact Vancouver's first round playoff opponent, examined three tough tactical choices facing the Canucks coaching staff in advance of the postseason and Jordan Clarke ran through his "Canucks Week in Quips" for a final time this regular season.
More Canucks news, and references to POONERMAN and his accomplice CAMBARKERFAN after the jump.
April 26 2013 02:00PM
Here's a group of guys I don't envy.
Photograph uncredited via RainCityHockey
Heading into the postseason, the Canucks have some pretty weighty tactical choices to make. Some of the questions facing the club include: do you keep Ryan Kesler and Derek Roy together? How do you deploy a quality fourth-line when you only employ ten quality NHL players? Do you prioritize defence and count on your goaltending, or should this club push the tempo? We look at those three questions in detail after the jump.
April 26 2013 11:57AM
One more weekend left before the playoff excitement begins!
Photograph by Jeff Vinnick, NHLI/GETTY
Just like Thursday night's shrug of a contest at Rogers Arena, Saturday's Canucks game on the road against the Edmonton Oilers will have no real meaning for either team. The Canucks have locked up the third spot in the West, they can't move up or down in the standings. As such, avoiding a cheap shot from a frustrated Taylor Hall, testing out Corrado to see whether or not you can count on him in the postseason (so far so good), and getting the special teams units a bit of additional practice is really all the Canucks should be pushing to do on Saturday night.
But there will be four other contests worth paying attention to this weekend, four games which will impact the identity of the Canucks opponent in the first round of the playoffs. So in advance of the final weekend of regular season hockey why don't we take a look at the lay of the land, which clubs the Canucks could realistically meet in round one, and which teams you should root for this coming weekend.