October 29 2015 05:15PM
Now that the Canucks have toppled the top team in the NHL, we can start feeling good about ourselves again. Sure, it's probably way too early to be considering the playoffs, but it seems appropriate given what's going on in the rest of the Western Conference.
Despite the Canucks' (now broken) recent string of losses, they still have 11 points in 9 games - good enough to sit second place in the Pacific Division, with only Los Angeles above, and Arizona, San Jose, Edmonton, Calgary and Anaheim below. Just a few weeks into the season, the Canucks have a six point lead on the Flames and a seven point lead on the Ducks, two teams who were supposed to be at the top of the division.
If there is any chance for the Canucks to make it to the post-season again this year, it’s likely going to be because the Pacific Division is suddenly just so f#%king terrible.
October 29 2015 03:30PM
Blackfish is the name of a semi-famous documentary. Released in 2013, the film followed one of the captive killer whales in the world famous Sea World, and touched on the horrific conditions the whales have to live in and the constant stresses they are under. Blackfish can be compared metaphorically to the prospects in the Canucks system, in the sense that they are kept captive, constantly abused, and only the strongest are able to emerge, be happy and become a full-time NHLer. With that considered, let's look at this week's update of baby killer whales in the system.
October 29 2015 01:43PM
Living in the glory of Tuesday, the Canucks will put that big win behind them and head on over to the confines of the American Airlines Arena to face the Stars. Everything's bigger in Texas and another win would sure be monumental for the Canucks. Injuries to Brandon Prust and Dan Hamhuis have triggered call-ups to Brendan Gaunce and Alex Biega; the young guys just keep on coming. Let's hope the wins do too!
October 29 2015 10:57AM
While there's little to celebrate with concerns to the ankle injury Brandon Prust sustained in Tuesday night's victory over the Montreal Canadiens, there is the faintest of silver linings. According to The Province's, Jason Botchford, the Canucks will be kicking the youth movement into second-gear, with the insertion of Brendan Gaunce into their lineup for tonight's tilt with the Dallas Stars.
Gaunce is in tonight— Jason Botchford (@botchford) October 29, 2015
Conventional wisdom might suggest that the Canucks dig back into the Adam Cracknell well; especially given this would be an opportunity to play him at his natural position as a winger. Instead the Canucks have opted for Gaunce, who will presumably slot in on the Canucks fourth line.
October 29 2015 08:36AM
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Nine games into the new NHL season, the Vancouver Canucks' young forwards don't look out of place.
Jared McCann and Jake Virtanen both continued to state their compelling cases for spending the season in the NHL, and were both standouts in the Canucks' convincing 5-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.
As the Canucks hit the road for back-to-back games against the Dallas Stars on Thursday and the Arizona Coyotes on Friday, the clock is ticking on the trial periods for both 19-year-olds.
Here's a look at the finer points of the league's policy regarding young players and where McCann and Virtanen stand.