November 21 2014 12:16AM
For a night that started off disastrously and ended merely poorly, there was really a lot to like about Vancouver's performance in the second half of a back-to-back against one of the Western Conference's top teams. They may have lost 4-3 in a shootout, but they battled through some early adversity, laid the boots to a rested Anaheim Ducks team in the second period, and saw Bo Horvat score his first NHL goal and dominate Ryan Kesler in the faceoff dot.
The news may get really, really bad tomorrow, but for now, there are quite a few positives, and - dare I say it - moral victories to go over tonight. Read past the jump for a recap.
November 20 2014 05:15PM
You may have heard, but that Ryan Kesler guy is returning to Rogers Arena for the first time tonight since being dealt in the offseason. But beyond that, this is still an important game for the Canucks, as they sit just one point back of Anaheim for 1st in the Pacific, but just five points out of a playoff spot, with perennial powerhouses Chicago and San Jose as the teams in pursuit.
It's a huge game for a bunch of reasons tonight, so read past the jump for a preview.
November 20 2014 03:38PM
Oilers have traded Will Acton to Vancouver for prospect Kellan Lain.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) November 20, 2014
The Canucks completed a minor trade today, sending Kellan Lain to the Edmonton Oilers for 27-year old forward Will Acton. It's not a major trade by any means, but we'll take a look after the jump.
November 20 2014 02:47PM
I have to admit, there's nothing funnier than the wanton chaos of a leaderless mob of kids swarming around without in what seems like a pretty aimless, and uncontrolled fashion leaving behind a wake shattered windows and the smell of burning garbage. Riots, on the other hand, are not funny at all.
Thus begins the ninth year of the Oilers' rebuild, and the continued smashing of the window of opportunity provided by three consecutive first overall picks.
With so much other material to work with, I'm a little disappointed that our friends over at Oilers Nation decided to go with the riot theme in their preview of last night's game.
But I guess disappointment comes with the territory in Edmonton.
November 20 2014 12:30PM
(Picture courtesy of @sportsnetirf )
Every once in a while, a question comes along that the statistical side of Canucks Army cannot answer. A question that no matter how deep you dive into the numbers, an answer will not be forthcoming. A situation where Canucks Army has to call upon their emotional leader, yours truly (I like to hand out arbitrary titles to myself), to figure out a solution.
That question, of course, is should Canucks fans boo Ryan Kesler in his return game to Rogers Arena on Thursday?
In the famous words of my buddy Thomas Drance, read more past the jump!