April 13 2012 03:37PM
The Good and the Bad of this past week.
It's Friday. So we close out the "Week That Was" with our latest volume of... "Cheers and Jeers!"
This week, I throw a pane of glass on Shanny and thin-skinned Canucks fans, while I make no subsequent apologies for liking Cory Schneider and our friends at Smug Nation.
April 13 2012 02:43PM
Hey everyone, welcome to "The #Canucks Week in Tweets!" Every week, I plan on bringing you the best of the Canucks on Twitter, from the reasonable to the totally ridiculous (okay, mostly ridiculous)! If you see a tweet you think should be featured here, get in touch with me at @cullenthecomic!
Aw, look at you, you're so cute with your riot jokes. They're most definitely my favorite. And not only that, but you had the decency to throw in a weak pun too! You little scamp! The Artful Dodger would be proud.
More after the jump!
April 13 2012 02:28PM
Alex Burrows is open. Get him the puck!
Two major problems from Wednesday: the Canucks were dominated in the slot at even strength and they also lost the powerplay battle. The Canucks' struggles with the man advantage have been evident for some time, but one thing stood out in Game 1: they aren't doing enough to penetrate the Kings' defensive structure.
Read on past the jump.
April 13 2012 11:45AM
(Header courtesy theyslayedthedragon)
It didn't take long for Canucks fans to hit the panic button. Ah, the playoffs. When a single loss moves this city and the Canucks fanbase to complete an utter dispair, and a single win drives them to sheer elation. Thank goodness Canucks fans aren't prone to outrageously overreacting to things.
Despite the eye-ball test of Game 1, where the Canucks looked like they were severely under the gun for the entire game, it wasn't all that bad by the underlying numbers. In fact, despite the result, there was plenty about which to be encouraged. The club's ultimate undoing was entirely their own, easily correctable fault.
So the question is... can they correct it?
Click past the jump for the underlying numbers, key performers and more detailed game information.
April 13 2012 10:42AM
Throughout the past two seasons Cory Schneider has repeatedly proven to be exceptionally skilled with his use of words. When you think about it, this skill has been essential to him, after all he occupies a highly flammable position in the Vancouver sports market. Just one tone-deaf Schneider quote could bring a chorus of boo's down on already embattled starter Roberto Luongo. Certainly Schneider is popular enough, especially among certain segments of Canucks fans, that if he came out and said something even indirectly referencing the idea that he "should be the starter" all hell would break loose on the Team 1040's call-in shows.
Schneider is something of a chameleon, really. He's Boston born, but he plays for the Canucks, and if the alleged actions of his Massachusetts born girlfriend Jill are any indication, he's very loyal towards his first professional team. He can impersonate any Canucks roster player or coach with aplomb and he can talk politics without hitting a single wrong note. We've said it before, but Schneider has a politicians understanding of "messaging" and so it was a surprise to hear that yesterday, he took an all-out, tactless (albeit highly accurate and amusing) shot at one of the Canucks most moribund divisional "rivals": the Edmonton Oilers
Read past the jump for more!