November 11 2016 09:00AM
The Canucks had a brief (1 game) winning streak this week, but at least these days they are scoring goals! Off the ice, they are talking fashion, dogs, and Twitter. Ever relatable, those Canucks.
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November 11 2016 05:00AM
Breaking down the brawl in the Canucks Leafs game, how did Kadri escape suspension, Canucks need to score, Trouba finally signs, Flames prospect updates, Oilers are legit, Gretzky talks McDavid, early 2017 draft rankings, interview with former Canadiens stats guy, lots of fights and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
November 10 2016 09:54PM
Photo Credit: Raj Mehta- USA TODAY Sports
There's no place like home. Surely that's the Canucks' rallying cry in the wake of today's 3-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. That's their tenth loss in eleven games; the fifth loss they've suffered on this six game Eastern swing.
The Canucks brought their best tonight. At least the best they can muster without their premier shutdown defender and arguably their most dynamic forward. They outshot the Red Wings 37-27; out-attempted them 46-33 at even strength.
Playing in his third straight game -- an anomaly in the post-Petr Mrazek landscape -- Jimmy Howard was up to the task. For every Canucks charge, there was a Howard answer -- all except one, I should add.
November 10 2016 04:00PM
It's been quite the week.
The Canucks won a game since the last update, which is a nice change!
Canucks prospects continue to make noise around the hockey world, with the NCAA players being of particular note. This week you will be able to see two Canucks prospect represent their CHL league against the mighty Russian team!
It's a big week to look forward to in the prospect world, so with that we are back for another week of Blackfish!
November 10 2016 03:00PM
Photo Credit: Rick Osentoski - USA TODAY Sports
Geographical displacement made following the Canucks anywhere near as vigorously as I'd hoped in my childhood a near impossibility. There I was in California at the turn of the millennium, and off in the distance was my home and the team I followed.
It was clear, though, even from 1500 miles away that the Detroit Red Wings were the bad guys. With their All-Star Roster and multiple Stanley Cups as a testament to its quality, they were the Evil Empire. The Canucks, a nominally rebuilding franchise on their upswing, an underdog.
And that was before these clubs met in the Western Conference Divisional Playoffs. As the Eighth seed, the Canucks, led by the West Coast Express, stood as David to the Red Wing's Goliath. They hurled their share of stones. Two of them, to be exact. Then reality came crashing down hard on the Canucks. Detroit won four straight, fairly convincingly, en route to a third Stanley Cup in a six-season stretch.