November 08 2016 09:37PM
It was a tale of two offenses that were the exact opposite for each of their first 13 games. The New York Rangers came into tonight's game leading the league in goals for while the struggling Canucks offense was tied with the Colorado Avalanche for least goals for.
That all changed in a New York minute.
November 08 2016 01:00PM
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The Canucks look to end their losing ways short of the double-digit mark. The last time they reached that painful milestone was in the Tom Renney era. I'd practically forgotten that was a thing.
Losers of the nine straight, the Canucks take their injured, downtrodden squad to Madison Square Gardens for a tilt with the New York Rangers. The Rangers, meanwhile, are taking the league by storm with their human wave offensive attack.
It's always a fun game at MSG and the Canucks have played some beauties in this building. Hopefully, there's another one in store.
November 08 2016 11:54AM
Earlier this week, I brought back the 'Benning Eye for the Stats Guy' series, where I profiled some of the players who made an impact at games that Canucks GM Jim Benning was personally scouting.
Benning is but one man, though, so there are plenty of games he won't be able to attend in person. Many of which will see their name called in Chicago at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Some by the Canucks, even.
With the Vancouver Giants moving to the Langley Events Centre this summer, I've been able to catch more than my fair share of games this season. Using the privilege afforded by my credentials, I figured I would put that to good use, in a new article series called 'Scouting the WHL'.
November 07 2016 08:29PM
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I hope you savoured tonight's game. You might not see another like it in some time.
The Canucks weren't just competitive. For the first in weeks, it seems, they were lucky. Alex Burrows drawing a penalty? There's a throwback. Better still, the Canucks put away a goal with their second unit. I'd call that a throwback too, but I'm not entirely sure the Canucks scored those in their hay day either.
If there's a checklist for pulling out a road win, I'm sure the Canucks covered most of it. And were it not for an Andrew Ladd goal bouncing in off Nikita Tryamkin in the third, the final score might reflect as much. That goal put the Islanders ahead 3-2, though they added another by the final horn.
November 07 2016 04:00PM
The Vancouver Canucks opened the floodgates against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. At least in a relative sense.
While the three goals Vancouver scored on Saturday may not seem like much, for a club so goal-starved as the Canucks, it probably meant the world. The Canucks, as I'm sure you know, are off to the worst offensive start in franchise history, averaging just over 1.5 goals per game. For context, there isn't another team averaging fewer than two.
It's safe to assume that the Canucks are likely to suffer these ills going forward, too. Even with the added caveat that positive regression is inevitable. They're going to get their fair share of bounces eventually. Whether they can convert on enough of their chances to beat the opposition on a regular basis is another thing entirely.