February 22 2013 01:39PM
Ain't no thing chicken wing! (They love Kesler down in Nashville, I hear).
Photo Credit: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images
The Canucks ended their three game losing skid on Thursday night, and did so in fine fashion with a dynamite third period on the road against the team that beat them a week earlier and initially set off the string of Canucks defeats. Vancouver's new defensive pairings looked pretty good with a couple of qualifications - Tanev and Edler were a bit too low-event for my liking (neutring at least some of Edler's effectiveness) and Bieksa's two-way game is still iffy - and Jordan Schroeder and Mason Raymond continued to impress on a speedy third-line alongside David Booth. Those are good signs for the Canucks, who should only get better as Ryan Kesler finds his form and the Sedin twins work their way further into an offensive groove.
Tonight the Canucks, who have faced a platter of second-tier - or at least untested - netminders over the past eight games including Leland Irving, Chris Nilstrop, Ray Emery, Jake Allen, Darcy Kuemper and Richard Bachman, will face Pekka Rinne (probably) and his bottomless glove hand. I'd say that represents a step up in quality, that is unless Barry Trotz decides to roll out Chris Mason instead...
Read on past the jump.
February 22 2013 10:14AM
This is a regular Friday feature combining a healthy mixture of observation, analysis, and foresight on the Vancouver Canucks. If you'd like to get at me about anything covered in this column, follow me on Twitter at @yyjordan and let's start a textual relationship (wink).
February 21 2013 11:53PM
Classic Bieksa angry face. Hey Vernon Fiddler, impersonate this!
Photo Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
Despite an uninspired first forty minutes in which the Canucks were out-chanced and didn't look like a team that was particularly eager to break out of a three game losing skid, Vancouver's club rallied in the final frame and managed to defeat the Dallas Stars in regulation on Thursday night.
It was a reasonably solid outing all around for Vancouver's club, though particularly for the third-line of Jordan Schroeder, Mason Raymond and David Booth who were borderline spectacular in relatively difficult minutes. Meanwhile Henrik Sedin scored a beauty, Zack Kassian won a fight, and Jason Garrison had a wicked shift leading to a goal and earned himself a short respite from the wellspring of criticism he's been treated too of late. Also we got to watch Jamie Benn be ridiculously good at hockey and Jaromir Jagr do things no forty something year old man should be capable of, so all around a fun night of hockey.
Read on past the jump.
February 21 2013 03:37PM
Alex Edler wears flip flops and also his full practice gear.
Insert unoriginal "what about Kesler" flopping joke here: _________
Photo Credit: Sedin Twins.
Marian Hossa, whose injured status played a role in Jannik Hansen's one game suspension, returned to the ice to practice with his Blackhawks teammates. Jannik Hansen was callously quoted saying this development didn't surprise him in the least. [The White Towel]
February 21 2013 01:06PM
Ryan Kesler and the Canucks are in Big D tonight to take on Cody Eakin and the Dallas Stars. Dallas got the best of Vancouver last Friday night, defeating the Canucks 4-3 at Rogers Arena. It marked the first time that the Canucks had lost a game at home after leading through 40 minutes since October 2009.
Cristopher Nilstorp is getting the start for Dallas tonight, as Kari Lehtonen remains sidelined with a groin injury. Cory Schneider will get the call for the Canucks - his second consecutive start after stealing Vancouver a point in Chicago on Tuesday evening.
Read on for a preview of tonight's action.