March 27 2016 09:48PM
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Even when the pick stakes are high, there's something about losing to the Chicago Blackhawks that makes you hate the idea of encouraging it. By something, of course, I mean all of those playoff matches and the fact that the Hawks are full of players that are insufferably skilled with almost as insufferable backstories. This is a game you'd be happy to stomach for pride, especially after losing seven prior.
But that didn't happen, as the Canucks dropped yet another two points in a 3-2 result.
March 27 2016 02:53PM
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Sometimes I think (the royal we included) take for granted how successful the Vancouver Canucks have been on this side of the millennium. They may not have a Stanley Cup to their credit, but I'll be damned if they didn't come as close as humanly possible.
Like most teams though the Canucks had to be bad to get good. Vancouver didn't find the Sedin twins in the middle rounds of the draft. They had to hit rock bottom to get there. To that exact end, one might argue that the 1998-99 season was the best in Canucks history. Didn't make it any less painful at the time, though.
That season was a deep breath before the plunge into a full-fledged rebuild. In a lot of ways, it mirrors the season the Canucks are currently suffering. They had a bevy of young talent making their debuts and an outdated core on their way to pasture - highlighted at the top by Mark Messier.
March 27 2016 12:28PM
For the final time this season, the Canucks and Blackhawks will face off in an original Smythe division matchup at the Rog. Two teams going in very different directions, one that couldn't buy a goal and the other who has paid five guys to score a ton until they retire.
The Canucks have a pretty big game ahead of them and I wouldn't count them out. Chicago hasn't exactly been stellar lately but a win keeps them near the top of the conference and helps them clinch a berth into the Hockey Trophy Playdowns!!! The Hawks got a big win in Calgary last night so they'll be out for the kill. Jokes on them, you can't kill something that's dead.
TV: SNET (ALL CHANNELS)
RADIO: TSN 1040
PUCK DROP: 5:09 PM
March 26 2016 03:52PM
Here at Canucks Army, we have an unhealthy obsession with hockey prospects, both undrafted and those already in the system. Never in the seven year history of this website has that obsession been more important than it is now, as the Canucks are entrenched in a rebuild, and prospects are their only hope for the future.
As was the case with our Preseason Prospect Rankings, this set was created by consensus from nearly a dozen Canucks Army writers and contributors. The parameters are simple: the qualify for the rankings, the prospect must be eligible for the Calder Memorial Trophy (aka, must be a rookie) next season. That means that Jake Virtanen, Jared McCann, and Ben Hutton are out. They are no longer considered prospects by this measure, as they have graduated to full time NHLers.
Rather than publishing individual articles for each prospect like we did in the summer (and will do again for the next preseason rankings), these are split into sections, like last year's midterm rankings. Finally, we've reached the top two prospects in the organizations, and there are no surprises here.
March 25 2016 08:57PM
I don't even know what to say anymore. How many different ways can I say "the Canucks were listless and didn't score"? It's as exasperating as it is exhausting on my level of creativity.
Another game though and another Canucks shutout. That's the fourth of its kind in five games and a seventh straight loss, not that anyone's keeping track. It wouldn't be so painful if I could tell you it was percentage driven. Oh, how I'd love to be able to say this is a mirage. I just can't, though. It would be damn irresponsible. A team has to get to the home-plate area before I reach that deep into my chest of excuses - as you might imagine, it's overflowing at this stage of the season.
For the second time in less than a week, the Canucks held Brian Elliot's hand all the way to an effortless shutout. They didn't challenge the Blues. Not in any meaningful way. Don't believe me? Let the shot totals take it away. The Blues more than doubled the Canucks, with 37 shots to their 15. The game, well, that was a foregone conclusion before puck-drop. The score itself, 4-0 for the St. Louis Blues.
I can handle losing. It's a means to an end. We all knew it was coming. Hell, we all wanted it. I can't handle efforts like these and the decisions that built the roster responsible for them. People say the rebuild hasn't begun yet. How bad is this team when it does in earnest?