February 20 2017 11:00AM
In the week leading up to their break, the Canucks won one game and are barely clinging to their hopes of making the playoffs. Hopefully the Canucks and their fans will have a nice, stress-free week off from Canucks hockey. For now, here's the best that I can do with what this team gives me to work with:
February 20 2017 11:00AM
The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don't quite deserve their own article.
Where have all the trades gone? By this time last year, we had already seen multiple deals happen. Also, Sidney Crosby scored his 1000th point in just his 757th career game, prompting debate as to whether he's been under-appreciated as a generational talent.
February 20 2017 09:00AM
February 20 2017 12:01AM
If the Canucks could win tonight's game, they'd sit just two points removed from the final playoff berth in the Western Conference. Instead, the visiting Philadelphia Flyers left tonight's contest one win removed from a playoff spot in the East.
One can hardly blame the Canucks. We don't call the second half of a back-to-back a scheduled loss for nothing. I tend to think that adage is doubly true when the unrested team plays the same goalie twice, as the Canucks opted to tonight with 36-year-old Ryan Miller. That's tempting fate.
It looked like that decision would sink Vancouver right off the hop, too. Five minutes in Wayne Simmonds sent home a Shayne Gostisbehere point shot that squeaked through Miller and into the yawning cage. By the second period, the Flyers had a three-goal lead on fifteen shots with fifteen-plus minutes left in the second.
As they have all season, the Canucks refused to go gentle into that good night, though. They fought back. Markus Granlund started the attempted comeback with his fifteenth goal of the season. A Ben Hutton breakout pass keyed a Bo Horvat rush, and Jannik Hansen was there to pot the rebound and claw the Canucks to within one. This, with room to spare in the second frame.
That's as close as the Canucks came to accomplishing the improbable and hitting the bye week on the highest of high notes. Miller stopped 25 of 28 shots for the Canucks. Michal Neuvirth stopped 18 of 20 Canucks' shots. The Flyers take today's match 3-2.
February 19 2017 04:56PM
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- What Would You Do Wednesday (Jackson McDonald)
- Weekly Prospect Report (Ryan Biech)
- Babych Please (Grainne Downey)
- What They're Saying: Jim Benning Addresses the Trade Deadline (Vanessa Jang)
- Utica Comets Week in Review (Jeremy Davis)
- Roundtable (Matthew Henderson)
- Canucks Army Podcast (Satiar Shah)