November 10 2016 02:18PM
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Trying to find two teams on the opposite end of forgettable losing streaks isn't easy. Here we are, though.
The Vancouver Canucks are riding high after an impressive victory over the New York Rangers to snap a nine-game losing skid; meanwhile, the Detroit Red Wings victory over the Philadelphia Flyers snapped a five-game slump of their own.
Two teams, renewed, re-energized and desperate to get back to normalcy. Unfortunately for the Canucks, it will take more than a handful of wins to do that.
Two in a row is a good start.
November 10 2016 11:00AM
I started this series last season to shine some light on Canucks prospects that are impressing in each individual month of the season. I like to vary things up and acknowledge different prospects month to month, but at the start of the season, you're likely to get a list of some of the best all around prospects.
At least one, if not two, of the prospects on October's list fall into that category, but one of them is more of a surprise - one of the more pleasant surprises of the young season in fact.
Let's countdown the three stars of October.
November 10 2016 09:00AM
The Vancouver Canucks have started their 2016-17 season terribly, and critics of this team's architects haven't been shy about voicing their displeasure.
The Canucks 5-3 win against the New York Rangers on Tuesday busted a nine-game losing streak and had the added effect of calming their discontent fans. They're hardly out of the woods yet though.
Perhaps one of the more amazing things about this losing streak is that, before it began, the Canucks were the at the very top of the NHL standings -- 1st overall with a 4-0-0 record. 19 days and nine losses later, they sit 29th, and a loss against the Rangers could have put them in 30th, if not for a series of busted goal droughts.
Though they've managed to avoid 30th in the overall standings, they haven't been so lucky in other areas. Here are five categories in which the Canucks rank dead last.
November 09 2016 02:02PM
Not to be outdone by The Donald's electoral success or their own last night in New York, the Canucks have heaped another topic on the mountain of discussable items.
After weeks long debates on Jake Virtanen's status and whether he's best suited with the Canucks or the Utica Comets, Vancouver's acquiesced to an increasingly discontent fan base and sent Virtanen to Utica. This happens amid questions about Virtanen's confidence, health, professionalism and ability to contribute on a nightly basis in the Canucks lineup.
November 09 2016 01:17PM
In the third episode of this season's Canucks Army Podcast, J.D. Burke and myself try to make sense of the Jake Virtanen situation. It's difficult to find a silver lining when it comes to Virtanen but we have to remember he's still a young player who needs guidance and time to find his footing as an NHL player, and we agree Utica is the best landing spot (recording was made before the news of Virtanen's demotion was announced today).