November 12 2014 06:52PM
Vancouver entered Tuesday night's showdown with the Ottawa Senators just two points out of a tie for 1st in the NHL, which is a position that basically no one expected them to be in at the start of the year. The Sedins, as we've come to expect over the years, came to play, and they lit the Sens up for two goals, including the overtime winner in a 4-3 victory.
Read past the jump for a (late) recap.
November 11 2014 04:30PM
After escaping California with a well-earned two points and a stolen two more, Vancouver is back in the friendly confines of Rogers Arena this evening to take on the visiting Ottawa Senators. A lot has changed since these two teams last played one another - most notably neither of them are that good any more. Still, a valuable two points are on the line tonight, and the Canucks are looking to build on a successful road swing, and continue holding a top position in the NHL standings.
Read past the jump for a preview of tonight's game.
November 11 2014 02:02PM
Someway, somehow the path to winning the 2015 Stanley Cup will go through the state of California.
This weekend, the Canucks got their first taste of that good California Love. For Vancouver, a club realistically aspiring to something more modest than championship contention this year, but lodged inconveniently in the Pacific Division, the path to qualifying for the postseason similarly runs through the heart of the Golden State.
Impressively the Canucks managed to head back north with four points out of a possible six. Banking those points is crucial for a Canucks team that went 2-9-3, amassing just seven of a possible 28 points, against the California kaiju last season, but for fun, let's take a closer look at how the Canucks fared by the underlying numbers in their first major test of the campaign.
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November 11 2014 10:30AM
The Nation Minute is a quick look at NHL stats and fun facts that we found interesting this week including the Leafs and Jets staying hot, Edmonton possession numbers, Flames blueliners, Nick Bonino and more.
November 10 2014 05:20PM
Sometimes it is a fun exercise to go down history lane and
review the way things were. It was the
summer of 2009, and the Vancouver Canucks had finished first in the Northwest
Division with 100 points and 45 wins. In
the post-season, the Canucks earned their first series sweep against the St.
Louis Blues only to be eliminated in 6 games against the Chicago Blackhawks kicking off a heated rivalry between the two teams.
That summer the Canucks were picking 22nd overall in the NHL Entry Draft and it was one of the rare drafts where Mike Gillis et. al had a selection in every round. The Canucks management was yet to start their selection of big overagers, but they were still many questionable selections.
Now that it is five years later let us review how the Vancouver selections have developed since then.