January 15 2014 02:50PM
Get your game face on, just like Corey Perry!
Wednesday night's game between the Vancouver and Anaheim will be hard-pressed to match the intensity, excitement, and intrigue that we saw last time the Canucks hit the ice, but that's okay. Despite that there's at least a handful of noteworthy things for us to look at and talk about in the lead-up to puck drop.
Like, for example, the fact that their opponent tonight has somehow both quietly and kind of unfathomably won 17 of their past 18 games to give themselves a nice little cushion atop the Western Conference. Then there's the 19-0-2 record they have at the Honda Center (the location of tonight's game); if the Canucks hope to hand them their first loss at home they'll have to play better than they did the last time they saw each other 10 days ago.. which fortunately would pretty much be impossible not to do. Remember, streaks are made to be broken.
The lineup will look slightly different tonight than it did in LA, and will probably continue to change steadily over the next couple of games as it slowly but surely morphs into a healthier, more optimal group. Whatever happens, we can all feel better about ourselves knowing that Mike Gillis wasn't the one that swapped two very comparable goaltenders just so he could give up a 3rd round pick for a bottom-6 forward with an ugly contract today.
January 15 2014 01:01PM
By now, you know that Keith Olbermann doesn't like goons. But if you've missed it...have a look-see.
Some comments after the jump.
January 15 2014 10:34AM
Photo via PHT
On Monday our pal Corey Pronman published his "midseason top-50 NHL prospects" list (Insider only) over at ESPN, and three Canucks prospects made the list (or two did, and a third player was an honourable mention). While CanucksArmy favorites Ludwig Blomstrang and Brendan Gaunce were inexcusably snubbed (and now Pronman has to fight Tom Sestito, which sucks for him); Frank Corrado, Bo Horvat and Hunter Shinkaruk all made cameo appearances in the top-50.
Let's discuss the respective seasons those three prospects are having, and breakdown Pronman's comments after the jump.
January 14 2014 04:21PM
Torts confirms Booth will play vs Anaheim, but says another player from Utica will join team in Phoenix. Suspect it will be Jensen. #canucks— Brad Ziemer (@BradZiemer) January 14, 2014
Following last night's "moral victory" the Vancouver Canucks have been using their day off in Anaheim to make some moves. Don't worry, our boyfriend Tom Sestito is safe. It's Darren Archibald, on the other hand, who needs to pack his bags and head on back to Utica. As a result of Archibald's departure it's expected that David Booth will be back on the lineup on Wednesday v. the Ducks, and that highly touted prospect Nicklas Jensen could get the call.
Read on past the jump for a quick assessment of the landscape moving forward.
January 14 2014 11:57AM
Henrik Sedin in his office on the right side half wall.
Image via wikimedia commons
For fans of the team, Vancouver's power-play has been extraordinarily frustrating to watch this season (and for a couple years now, truth be told). While the Canucks are generating shots-a-plenty with the man-advantage - in fact they're generating 5-on-4 shots at an elite rate this season - the finish just hasn't been there. The club ranks in the bottom-10 in the league in percentage of converted power-play opportunities after 46 games, a ghastly number that makes zero sense when you consider the skill possessed by the club's top-end personnel.
Some of the club's lack of power-play success is a result of pure, unadulterated bad luck; and indeed Vancouver's 5-on-4 team shooting percentage is second worst in the league. While the puck has begun to bounce in Vancouver's favour somewhat more often over the past month, and will probably continue to do so, I tend to think there's more going on here than just "bad bounces".
Read past the jump.