November 17 2016 09:00AM
This is the first in a semi-regular series where we look back at moments in Canucks history.
It was November and, like today, a Thursday. After dropping the previous ten regular season games, the Canucks finally managed to eke out a win over the San Jose Sharks the night before - a 5-2 decision. Less than 20 games into the season, mired amidst player controversy, indifferent play, and disgruntled ownership, the struggling Canucks finally fired their head coach and one of his assistants.
November 16 2016 02:19PM
The Canucks are off to their worst offensive start in franchise history. They aren't just awful, they're historically awful.
of those 18 teams, 5 of them were seasons by the Washington Capitals right after expansion (74-75, 75-76, 77-78, 78-79, 81-82)...— Stephen Burtch (@SteveBurtch) November 11, 2016
After the team's loss to Detroit, the Canucks became just the 17th post-expansion-era team to register two or fewer regulation wins in their first fifteen games. The list of other teams that have managed that feat is a veritable murderer's row of the truly inept, featuring multiple appearances by the Ballard-era Leafs and post-expansion Washington Capitals and San Jose Sharks. The last team to start their season this poorly was the 2005-06 St. Louis Blues, who finished the season with 57 points.
Suddenly the predictions by USA Today and EA Sports don't look so ridiculous.
November 16 2016 11:23AM
Jake Virtanen is on the move once again. This morning, the Vancouver Canucks announced that the 20-year-old forward is heading back down to the AHL to get some ice-time with the Utica Comets.
An impatient fan may roll their eyes at this kind of move, but it's the one that had to be made. Virtanen was recently sent to Utica to play two games and while registering 6 shots in the team's OT win over Hartford, he still probably could have used some more time down there. But despite that, Virtanen was recalled only to warm a seat in the press box.
November 16 2016 09:00AM
Howdy, soldiers. Since J.D. Burke is a liberal elitist and I am a man of the people, I'll be taking over WWYDW from this point onward.
Last night's 7-2 thrashing at the hands of the Rangers notwithstanding, it's actually been a relatively decent week for the Canucks. They picked up a pair of wins against New York and Dallas, and actually managed to score five whole goals in each of those wins. The biggest (positive) story over that time was the inspired play of rookie Troy Stecher, who even scored his first goal of the season on Sunday against the Stars.
With Chris Tanev expected to return shortly, this leaves the Canucks with a logjam on the right side, with Stecher, Tryamkin, and Larsen all vying for a spot on the third pairing. So this week's question is simple: Which right-handed defenseman comes out of the lineup when Chris Tanev returns?
November 15 2016 10:58PM
So tonight, my daughter and I sat down to watch the Canucks face off against the New York Rangers.
In cute news, I've never seen her more excited than she gets when the broadcast team says "Luca Sbisa".
In less cute news, the Canucks lost 7-2, meaning the team still has only two wins after their impressive start to the season. Y....ikes.