Game #71 Preview: Canucks Look to get off the Schneid

Thomas Drance
March 17 2012 11:20AM

 

Of late the Canucks are reeling. Or, more accurately, they're mired in a minor losing streak punctuated by defensive breakdowns, and general indifference. Results aside, the team has played a much better possession game since the trade deadline, and I'd argue that they've been better over the past two weeks than they were in January for example (when they were winning every game, but playing really brutal hockey).

If the Canucks can stop giving up odd-man rushes by the dozen, they'll be fine, and a game against the league's worst team on Hockey Night in Canada should be a good opportunity to turn things around. Though the defensive play has been spotty, Roberto Luongo's McSofty coupon book (2-for-1 special!) has also been wide open over the past couple of weeks. He'll be on the bench tonight, as the Canucks look to get off the Schneid with Schneider between the pipes.

For a more detailed preview, underlying numbers and the three keys to the game click past the jump!

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Someone may have actually taken Manny Malhotra's job

Cam Charron
March 16 2012 02:24PM

You remember back in late January when it was presumed that Manny Malhotra had lost his job to then-Canuck Cody Hodgson due to an outbreak in scoring by the rookie accompanied by a marginal increase in ice time. Our friend Jonathan Willis had some fun with this notion, reinforcing that nothing had changed with the way that Malhotra was deployed, or the quality of his play, at any point during the run.

Well, now it has. Malhotra sat out the last game against the Phoenix Coyotes. While he wasn't a healthy scratch, there's reason to believe that, in the near future he could be.

Read past the jump to find out who may have taken Manny's job!

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Headshots March 15th

Cam Davie
March 15 2012 03:54PM


Booth: "When I lift weights, I like to wear my sweet, sweet gloves!
It's SO GOOD when doing curls. Dude, don't you do that too?"
Kesler: "Buds, you are so weird. Now let me get back to playing Air Standup Bass."
(Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, produced a tribute video or birthed a clever .gif into existence - please e-mail Thom at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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The Good The Bad And Dear Crosby

Marda Miller
March 15 2012 02:42PM

It's Sidney Crosby Day! (Alan Diaz/Associated Press)

This is a weekly feature that will highlight The Good, The Bad and The *fill in the blank* exciting things that are currently happening in the NHL. Has Sean Avery actually retired? Will Sidney Crosby make it to the end of the season without an injury? Will the Canucks ever win a hockey game again? Hockey makes the world go round.

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Who The Heck is Justin Schultz?

Jeff Angus
March 15 2012 09:53AM

If you have somehow managed to avoid hearing Justin Schultz’s name in recent days, don’t expect it to continue. The top defenseman in the entire NCAA (and currently property of the Anaheim Ducks) is weighing his options for next season. Why is this news to Canucks fans? Well, Schultz played a year of junior hockey (in the BCHL) after being drafted, and there is a loophole in the current NHL CBA that allows him to become an unrestricted free agent this summer (with a limit on how much he could earn on his first professional contract).

Read past the jump for more!

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