October 25 2013 03:41PM
Leave Zack Kassian alone, you big meanie!
I guess you could say that the odds aren't in the Canucks' favour heading into the final game of a road trip which has taken them 13 days to complete. They're bruised, battered, tired, and probably just want to get home to their own beds and whoever they happen to have waiting for them back in Vancouver.
Thanks to some strong goaltending from Roberto Luongo last night they were able to improve to 4-1-1, which makes the trip an awfully successful one - regardless of the outcome of tonight's game - despite the fact that they've looked more than shaky in getting there. With that being said, the Blues are a team that they could very well see come playoff time, and I'm sure that none of the guys in the Canucks lockerroom would particularly like to get embarrassed on this Friday night. Whether it winds up mattering on the scoreboard or not, I find it hard to believe that they'll lay down for the Blues.
Read on past the jump for a preview of the game which many think will be a lopsided one.
October 25 2013 01:17PM
The K.R.E.A.M. always rises to the top.
This is a regular Friday feature combining a healthy mixture of observation, analysis, and foresight on the Vancouver Canucks. If you'd like to get at me about anything covered in this column, follow me on Twitter at @yyjordan and let's start a textual relationship (wink).
October 25 2013 10:17AM
Fun story in the New York Daily News that ran Thursday, or at least a story with a fun quote from John Tortorella:
"I know the reputation from the outside looking in, when I wasn't coaching here, everybody outside thought Vancouver dove and did some whining," Tortorella said, according to NHL.com. "Our team is not going to dive. Our team has already been talked to. We're not going to dive. I don't think there is much whining going on either.
I can't speak to the reputation that the Vancouver Canucks have created over the last few seasons, or whether they earned it or not. Every team in the NHL dives, and some teams dive more than others, and that's okay. It's usually more of a reflection of the player than an organizational philosophy. What some teams do well, without diving, is draw a lot of penalties. Getting powerplays is good. No team, not even the Canucks with an awful powerplay to start the season, generates fewer goals per 60 minutes on the powerplay than while at even strength. Failing having players that can generate penalties a lot, here's the solution: Dive More. Take the fall, act hurt, get indignant.
October 24 2013 08:32PM
It's still October? Who cares? Roberto Luongo stole his team two points on Thursday night.
It was announced that 13,203 were in attendance at the Prudential Center to watch the Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils play hockey on Thursday night. That strikes me as a rather generous figure, but let's go with it anyways. The crowd was pretty much nonexistent all night, but it's not like the two teams they were watching gave them any reason to make noise anyways.
The thing is.. I doubt either the Devils or the Canucks care much about that. One team got to play exactly the type of game that they like to play, while the other team managed to somehow come away with 2 points that'll count all the same towards the standings at the end of the year.
Read on past the jump for some thoughts on what we just witnessed.
October 24 2013 06:00PM
Ah, the simpler days when Jannik Hansen could lift both of his arms. (Image via Darryl Dyck)
We've yet to see the Vancouver Canucks enjoy the luxury of a full lineup thus far in the 2013-14 season, and it looks like that'll continue for the forseeable future. First it was the Zack Kassian suspension, then the Alex Burrows injury, and now it's Jannik Hansen, who has been officially placed on the Long Term Injury Reserve by the team.
This comes after a nasty fall into the endboards that he took in the 1st period of Tuesday afternoon's game against the New York Islanders. He was sent home from the trip to be further evaluated, and apparently the prognosis isn't all that positive.
Read on past the jump for more on the injury.