November 27 2015 10:09PM
If you're looking to measure team speed, there's no better stick with which to do it than the Dallas Stars. Having placed as much emphasis on improving that wrinkle to their game as the Canucks this off-season, it's a storyline worth following.
Much is made of the Flames ability to squash the Canucks breakout with their speed last post-season, but the trail of breadcrumbs leads with their contest against the Stars weeks prior. Honestly, you'd have a hard time convincing a newcomer to the sport they were playing the same game.
Results aside, the Canucks look to be gaining ground - figuratively and literally. Their breakout has legs and with a little luck, this game could have definitely gone the way of Vancouver. Unfortunately it didn't, but I find some small solace in the Canucks escaping 3-on-3 overtime in one piece.
Catch up on the other side of the jump, as we break down the Canucks 3-2 SO loss in Dallas.
November 27 2015 03:00PM
For the better part of this season, the Sedins have skated alongside Jannik Hansen. Empirically speaking, the clumsy Dane offers the Canucks the best bet to maximize their return on the Twins and the evidence suggested as much well before they caught fire most recently.
This has left the estranged Radim Vrbata a refugee in the Canucks middle-six. To his credit, the Czech volume shooter has been highly effective in the face of unimaginably poor luck. Similar to Vrbata's displacement from the top line last season, it's also added much-needed scoring punch throughout the remainder of the Canucks lineup.
Given the Canucks publicly ascribed goal of remaining competitive in the face of a daunting rebuild, there's no arguing the logic behind separating Vrbata from the Twins. There's a flip side to this decision, though, which could potentially lead to unwanted consequences in the not-so-distant future.
November 27 2015 11:22AM
The last time the Canucks faced off in Dallas, there was a certain je ne sais quoi about the music selection throughout the 2nd period. Amusing? Yes. Annoying? Depends. Vancouver was OT'd in Dallas last time around but don't expect this previously lost Canucks team to dwell on that. The Canucks have 2 wins in their last 3 games and are starting to see results from their efforts. Goodbye Nickelback, hello Drake...No, wait, Tom Cochrane. No sorry again, um...Bieb...OK just watch the game.
November 27 2015 08:51AM
Photo Credit: Bob Frid/USA TODAY Sports
It's U.S. Thanksgiving weekend, and the Vancouver Canucks are in position to make the playoffs.
For all the challenges the Canucks have faced through their first 23 games, that's not a bad start for a group that got no respect from the prognosticators in preseason polls. Here's a sample of some of those expert opinions:
The Score - Justin Bourne - sixth in Pacific Division
The Hockey News - sixth in Pacific Division
Sportsnet - Stephen Burtch using analytics model - 12th in Western Conference
Bleacher Report - I went out on a limb and pegged the Canucks for fifth place in the Pacific Division
I gave the Canucks a little more credit than most of the other writers here, but I bought in to the popular beliefs that the Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames would be the class of the Pacific and that the Arizona Coyotes were at least one more year away from icing a competitive group.
As it stands right now, those three teams are the biggest threats to Vancouver's playoff status at season's end.
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November 27 2015 06:45AM
Where will Travis Hamonic land, Forbes comes out with the latest team values, Leafs and Canucks still dreaming of players coming home in 2016, teams a quarter of the way into the season, TJ Brodie won't be traded, trading Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in Oil country, two stars drop the mitts, fantasy hockey and more in this weeks Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.