March 29 2016 11:40PM
The Vancouver Canucks, battered, beaten and humiliated more often than not of late, hosted the San Jose Sharks for a Tuesday tilt at Rogers Arena. There wasn't much at stock for either team. Not in the traditional sense. Another loss though and the Canucks are that much closer to securing a draft pick in the top four.
The Canucks delivered their beleaguered fan base just that, dropping tonight's game 3-1 to the visiting Sharks. At times the Canucks were dominant. They controlled play for most of the first, tilting the ice heavily towards James Reimer and the Sharks end. Their reward? A Joe Pavelski goal 20 seconds into the second frame and a 1-0 deficit.
Bloodied but not unbowed, Chris Higgins leveled the score on a shorthanded rush no more than six minutes later. Higgins was afforded the opportunity killing a five-minute major taken by Jake Virtanen for a late, high and just plain dirty hit.
That's as close as the Canucks came, though. Mental lapses and a parade to the penalty box tainted the third and final frame, costing the Canucks any chance at knotting the game and sending it to overtime. Logan Couture put the final nail in the coffin, hitting the long drive to tye the knot on his first career hat-trick.
March 29 2016 03:00PM
With the Canucks currently on an 8 game win-less streak, it's time to look to next year. Focusing on this season can be painful and tiring, so looking to see what next year's lineup may be a good antidote for the despair.
One thing that has stuck out to me recently is that the Canucks are already full with players with NHL contracts next season. We are 6 months away from the puck drop of the 2016-17 season, but they already have a minimum of 11 forwards for next season, plus the kids and then add some bubble players.
When it comes to the forwards, it is impossible to predict what the lines will be. There tends to be a lot of fluctuation and change over the course of a season, so let's look at them differently.
March 29 2016 01:00PM
It's the Canucks and the Sharks at the Rog. Two teams enter, one team leaves... actually, they both leave, Vancouver goes to San Jose on Thursday. The Canucks haven't benefited at all from an opponent playing two games in two nights this season so don't expect a tired Sharks team to fall down to the struggling Canucks. Seven games left to go and the nightmare will be over, but they must play the games.
We must watch them, for the Matthews....for the Matthews.
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PUCK DROP: 7:09 PM
March 29 2016 09:00AM
The Vancouver Canucks season is mercifully crawling to its end, so the time is right to look towards next season to see where how this roster will shape up.
That starts today, first with a look to the blue line.
We're still six-plus months away from next season, so there are limitations on what we can and can't look into. To start, we'll account for what they have at the moment and who the Canucks are committed to for next October and beyond. From there we'll see what moves the Canucks might make to augment, supplement those pieces.
Nation World HQ
March 29 2016 07:00AM
In an effort to keep fans aware of the comings and goings of the other teams in the
Smythe Pacific Division… The fine folks at The Royal Half have created the Pacific War Room… a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams. In order of the Pacific Division standings… we present the Pacific War Room!