November 11 2014 02:02PM
Someway, somehow the path to winning the 2015 Stanley Cup will go through the state of California.
This weekend, the Canucks got their first taste of that good California Love. For Vancouver, a club realistically aspiring to something more modest than championship contention this year, but lodged inconveniently in the Pacific Division, the path to qualifying for the postseason similarly runs through the heart of the Golden State.
Impressively the Canucks managed to head back north with four points out of a possible six. Banking those points is crucial for a Canucks team that went 2-9-3, amassing just seven of a possible 28 points, against the California kaiju last season, but for fun, let's take a closer look at how the Canucks fared by the underlying numbers in their first major test of the campaign.
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November 11 2014 10:30AM
The Nation Minute is a quick look at NHL stats and fun facts that we found interesting this week including the Leafs and Jets staying hot, Edmonton possession numbers, Flames blueliners, Nick Bonino and more.
November 10 2014 05:20PM
Sometimes it is a fun exercise to go down history lane and
review the way things were. It was the
summer of 2009, and the Vancouver Canucks had finished first in the Northwest
Division with 100 points and 45 wins. In
the post-season, the Canucks earned their first series sweep against the St.
Louis Blues only to be eliminated in 6 games against the Chicago Blackhawks kicking off a heated rivalry between the two teams.
That summer the Canucks were picking 22nd overall in the NHL Entry Draft and it was one of the rare drafts where Mike Gillis et. al had a selection in every round. The Canucks management was yet to start their selection of big overagers, but they were still many questionable selections.
Now that it is five years later let us review how the Vancouver selections have developed since then.
November 09 2014 10:32PM
Kesler wins draw. Ducks score. Ducks fan finger guns camera. This is not good. pic.twitter.com/xnHQjJNZWE— Wyatt Arndt (@TheStanchion) November 10, 2014
Vancouver entered tonight with the hopes of making good on the final leg of their California road trip. Going 2-1-0 in three trips to California would go a long way in validating this franchises belief in themselves as a playoff team. Beyond that, using a victory over Ryan Kesler and the Anaheim Ducks to tilt the needle above .500 would surely be icing on the cake for a team that so desperately needs to find positives after their 5-1 shellacking at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings just one night earlier.
It took a weathered storm in the first, a draw in the final two periods and a series of posts in the shootout to do it, but they left Anaheim with the victory. Read past the jump for a full recap.
November 09 2014 04:38PM
Vancouver is in Orange County tonight to face the Anaheim ducks for the first time since the big trade in the Summer that sent Ryan Kesler to Anaheim for Nick Bonino, Luca Sbisa, and Jared McCann. While this game won't settle who won the trade, or anything in the grand scheme of an 82-game NHL season, a win tonight would go a long way to salvaging some of the goodwill lost with back-to-back poor efforts against San Jose and Los Angeles.
Standing in their way are the NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks, who, even without Corey Perry, will be a tough opponent on the second half of a back-to-back. Read past the jump for a preview.