February 10 2017 03:00PM
When the Canucks pick up two points this season, Ryan Miller is the story more often than not, much like he was last night in a 3-0 shutout victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets, in which he was the first star. With a goals per game of 2.30, better than only Arizona and Colorado, the Canucks often need to rely on goaltending to squeak out a victory. That was certainly the case after Christmas and through much of January, when Miller was the league's hottest goaltender and lo and behold, the Canucks manufactured a six game winning streak.
But then, as Willie Desjardins continued to ride his number one netminder, Miller's numbers began to erode. Damn near everyone, from fans to analysts to the Canucks staff themselves, has pointed out that Ryan Miller plays better when rested - and I have the numbers to prove it.
So why are they still running him down?
February 10 2017 01:00PM
You may have heard this week, that one of the top-25 winningest coaches in NHL history was fired. Claude Julien, was let go from Boston after spending a decade with the team, in which he won a Stanley Cup. I don't know if you remember that, but let's move on from that.
Going into the season, it was widely assumed that it would take a lot for the Canucks to bring Willie back next season. However, the Canucks have performed better than people expected (not difficult) and perhaps the plane isn't ready to take off quite yet. That being said, Julien would be an asset to any team.
Should the Canucks pursue him as a coach? I asked our writers what they think.
February 10 2017 10:09AM
The Vancouver Canucks have opted to send forward Sven Baertschi home from the team's road trip due to a concussion suffered in Tuesday's game against the Nashville Predators. Baertschi travelled with the team to Columbus, but didn't play in last night's game, and the team ultimately opted to send him home to Vancouver prior to travelling to Boston.
Baertschi didn't travel with the team to Boston, and is heading home to treat concussion— Jason Botchford (@botchford) February 10, 2017
February 10 2017 09:00AM
As they attempt the steep uphill climb towards the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Canucks are keeping busy off the ice by hanging out with kids, interviewing each other, and listening to Johnny Cash.
February 10 2017 07:00AM
The NHLN Notebook is a semi-regular feature of interesting hockey content from the past few days that doesn't quite deserve its own article.
In today's notebook, we look at Arizona possibly being on the move (again), Gary Bettman getting called out by Dr. Bennet Omalu who is the doctor that discovered CTE, and Bryan Bickell getting set to return to the NHL. Also, Dion Phaneuf may be asked to waive his no move clause to help Ottawa prospect younger defencemen come expansion draft time, and Dallas mulls over whether or not to sell at the deadline.