Game Day Preview: Game #2 Oilers @ Canucks

Thomas Drance
October 13 2012 02:31PM

In an ideal world, Canucks fans would be spending this afternoon excited about the team's home opener against the upstart (but realistically still moribund) squad known as the Edmonton Oilers. Tonight's game would've marked Nail Yakupov's NHL debut, and Canucks fans surely would have cheered deliriously every time a Canucks forward dumped the puck into Justin Schultz's corner and lined him up for a big hit. Also, it would've been hilarious to hear the Rogers Arena faithful chant "Seatt-le! Seatt-le" all game long.

Instead, of course, there's no NHL hockey tonight. But all is not lost, there's plenty of other things that might occupy your time this Saturday evening! Let's explore some options after the jump.

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Poorly Kept Secret Confirmed: Jason Garrison and Alex Edler Are Injured

Thomas Drance
October 12 2012 02:06PM


Jason Garrison and Alex Edler (pictured here with their teammates at the BC Lions game earlier this week) aren't locked out.
They're injured instead.

Defensemen who play for the Vancouver Canucks have traditionally gotten injured at such a rapid rate, that the team's fans have come to believe that the position is cursed. In fairness, this perception may be amplified by the fact that the Canucks employed Sami Salo for most of the past decade. Still, every season it seems, at the worst possible moment, the Canucks' defensive-corps will suffer a critical injury (or two, or three).

In 2010 for example, Willie Mitchell was already out with a concussion and Sami Salo was playing through a testicle injury after being struck in the nether regions by a puck a couple of games previous, when Alex Edler got injured in the first period of an elimination game. The Canucks lost.

In 2011, the club was well poised to win its first Stanley Cup in franchise history, then critical contributor Dan Hamhuis threw an ill-advised hip-check at an offside Milan Lucic in game 1, hurt his groin, and was unable to return in the series. The Canucks lost in seven - in case you forgot.

On Friday afternoon, Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis joined the Team 1040 mid-day show with Blake "happy endings" Price and Matt Sekeres and revealed that the lockout has done nothing to dent the curse. Read past the jump for more.

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Canucks Fans: Still the Worst (Sometimes)

Thomas Drance
October 11 2012 10:25AM

 
A digital mob attacked the girl who wrote this message.

Canucks fans - as a group - are savvy. Generally they understand the value of a guy like Chris Higgins - whose contributions extend past what you see in the boxscore. Canucks fans - as a group - donate a lot of money to charity. In the past they've got behind initiatives like Five Hole for Food, Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer, or Scrabble Tournaments with Tanner Glass with zeal. Canucks fans - as a group -  support their team voraciously through thick and thin.

But as we've seen repeatedly, and again on Wednesday night, Canucks fans (as a group) are terrible when it comes to keeping things in perspective.

Read on past the jump.

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Game Day Preview: Game #1 Canucks @ Flames

Thomas Drance
October 11 2012 09:11AM


Photo Credit: Jeremy Lim.

Were it not for the lockout, tonight would mark the culmination of a long offseason and the start of regular season Canucks hockey. If not for the business realities of 21st Century Professional Sports, the Vancouver Canucks would be headed to Calgary to play (and probably soundly defeat) an undermanned Flames club.

In an ideal world we'd have updates from practice this afternoon, and Canucks fans would bitch about Alain Vigneault's newest, weird line combinations. Cory Schneider would be poised to debut as the team's starter, and the fans would be giddy about getting to watch a flurry of back-hand saucer passes from "Henrik to Daniel, back to Henrik, to Daniel again at the side of the net, back to Henrik to Burrows in front GOOAL!"...

Alas, the NHL season won't begin tonight, and it probably won't begin any time soon (the soonest it could begin is October 25th - but don't hold your breathe). So instead of previewing the game, we'll preview some alternative entertainment options you might consider in the absence of NHL hockey...

Read on past the jump.

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Headshots October 1st

Thomas Drance
October 01 2012 02:52PM

 
Cliff Ronning (along with Jeff Brown and Jyrki Lumme) was my favorite player growing up.
It's also his birthday today. Happy 42nd birthday Cliff!

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you're written a blogpost, produced a tribute video, birthed a clever .gif into existence, or have a hockey related cause you'd like to see promoted in this space - please e-mail Thom at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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