October 15 2013 08:30PM
Chris Higgins can't help but smile tonight. (Image via Jeff Vinnick )
As the Vancouver Canucks went into Philadelphia to take on the Flyers on Tuesday evening, all the talk around here was about percentages, unsustainably bad luck, and being long overdue. All of that held particularly true for Chris Higgins, Ryan Kesler, and Dan Hamhuis, who have been having their play called into question because of things that tend to happen over the course of an 82-game season. Unfortunately for them, it came at the start of the season with the team struggling against good competition.
Some of that will surely die down after Thursday night's win, as the Canucks kicked off their 7-game road trip with a much needed two points thanks to a late flurry, line juggling, and some fortunate bounces.
Read on past the jump for a quick recap of the game.
October 15 2013 01:29PM
Paul Holmgren makes the NHL a funner place.
The Canucks have embarked on their 7 game road trip, which kicks off tonight in the city of Brotherly Love. Thus far this season they've done a good job of taking care of business against subpar teams, but have had some serious trouble with teams that are, you know, competent.
Fortunately for them the Flyers, with a 1-5 record on the year, are an absolute mess at the moment. They replaced their coach last week, squeeked out their only win of the season thus far against the lowly Panthers, and then promptly lost 2 in a row (including a walloping at the hands of the Red Wings). They're missing 2 of their top 6 forwards, Luke Schenn is on their top defensive pairing, and their starting goaltender is Steve Mason. Just remember that when you complain as a Canucks fan..
Considering the way their last 2 games have gone, and what lies ahead on this upcoming road trip, getting back on track in this one would be awfully nice.
October 15 2013 01:06PM
There really isn't enough data for us to analyze the Vancouver Canucks season on any level yet, but there seems to be an awful lot of malaise and faux-negativity for the first team since 2009 to record three wins in the first six games:
2014 - 3-3-0
2013 - 2-2-2
2012 - 2-3-1
2011 - 2-3-1
2010 - 2-4-0
2009 - 3-3-0
October 15 2013 10:34AM
Obviously we at CanucksArmy are big supporters of sports betting, in part because we buy into the Nate Silver theory that putting your money where your prediction is will help improve the aggregate accuracy of forecasting. So this is a natural fit for us. That said, make sure to gamble for fun (or for bragging rights), not to make money. From all of us at CanucksArmy and PlayNow: a gentle reminder to use your game sense!
Read past the jump for special offers to CanucksArmy.com readers from PlayNow Sports, and a preview of this upcoming week of Canucks hockey.
October 13 2013 12:01PM
The WHL's Eastern conference has not been kind to the Vancouver Giants (1-7-1-1), as they not only lost all five games on their road trip, but they also lost top forward Cain Franson to an injury, at least in the short term. The good news is that Dalton Thrower's return and some good old shooting percentage regression has led to some offensive results, as the Giants scored more goals in the last seven days than they had all season. Alec Baer, Brett Kulak and Andreas Eder all found the back of the net for the first time this year too.
But that's about where the good news ends. Despite having what should be a strong blueline, the Giants just can't keep the puck out of their net. Read on past the jump for more.