Canucks Drop a Gimme in Calgary

Thomas Drance
March 03 2013 11:35PM

Cam Barker made his debut in a Canucks loss to the Flames on Sunday night.
Photo Credit: Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images

The Canucks barely made it out of Vancouver on Sunday evening in advance of their contest against Calgary. Once the team landed in cowtown, the Canucks had only a couple of hours to transition from the tarmac to the rink. Ultimately they may as well have stayed at home, as they frittered away two points against an overmatched opponent playing in front of an AHL goaltender...

There's context here of course. Vancouver was coming off of an emotional home win over the Los Angeles Kings the night before and it's no surprise that they put in a bit of a flat effort in the second game of a travelling back-to-back. Still, Vancouver started strong and ran out of gas late and fell behind for good on a goal that immediately followed a goofy "bench minor" penalty charged against Alain Vigneault in the third.  It was an appropriate way for a listless, frustrating game to end.

Read on past the jump for more analysis.

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Game 21 Preview: Canucks @ Flames

Thomas Drance
March 03 2013 05:12PM

"Aww come on, really? No snow day?!!!"
Photo Credit: @sportsnetmurph

I think it's fair to assume that the Canucks watched the weather (and airport) reports out of Calgary this afternoon with the intent, hopeful interest of a child crossing their fingers and hoping for a snow day. Due to a severe snow storm that has battered Calgary for the past couple of days, the airport was closed (partly because the runway lights were malfunctioning) and the Canucks had a hell of a time getting into town. In fact, for a couple of hours there it looked like tonight's game might be cancelled or postponed. Ultimately the Canucks managed to land in cowtown, and will face a quick transition as they rush to the rink, get a game day skate in and prepare to battle a Flames team they've historically dominated.

With a hectic travel schedule and coming off of an emotional victory last night against the Kings, the Canucks could struggle to find their legs in this one. On the other hand, the Flames will start Danny Taylor in net so yeah...

Read on past the jump for a (not very) thorough preview.

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Gillis says he knew that Ryan O'Reilly would've had to clear waivers

Thomas Drance
March 03 2013 04:36PM

Did Canucks management really know that rule 13.23 would apply to O'Reilly?
Photo Credit: Our pal (and fancy-beard analyst) @thestanchion.

Following the Canucks' emotional 5-2 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champions on Saturday night, General Manager Mike Gillis appeared on CBC's After Hours segment with Todd Simpson and Scott Oake. The three covered a fair bit of ground in the interview: talking @strombone1, the two bluechip netminders in goalie-ville, Gillis' decision to shut Manny Malhotra down, and tacked on briefly at the end of the segment, they chatted Ryan O'Reilly.

For those of you who've spent this week in solitary confinement, Ryan O'Reilly was signed to an offer sheet by the Calgary Flames earlier this week and the Colorado Avalanche quickly matched the two-year pact. Had the Avalanche decided against matching the O'Reilly offer sheet, they would've recieved a first and a third round pick from the Flames and also Calgary would've had to put O'Reilly on waivers before he could play in their lineup. The reason? O'Reilly played a couple of games in the KHL past the January 19th deadline and was thus subject to CBA rule 13.23.

So do we buy that Mike Gillis was aware of this rule and a step ahead of Feaster on this? Read on past the jump.

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Making Highlights at Hockey Night

Steve Dangle
March 03 2013 11:16AM

Working for CBC Sports and Hockey Night in Canada has been a dream of mine ever since I was a kid. In October of the 2011-12 NHL season, this dream became a reality.

My ticket into “the ceebs” was making highlight packs. I did that all throughout last season, and once the players and owners stopped bickering, I continued to do it this season.

I’ve had some people watch my highlight packs and ask questions like, “Why didn’t you put this in there?” “Why didn’t you mention this?” “Why did you put that in, but not this?” Those are all fair questions, because whether you agree with the editing decisions I make or not, there is a method to my madness.

Here is a little look at how I make highlight packs. For those of you reading this on the Leafs, Flames, or Oilers Nation websites, I know your team didn't play last night, but they're obviously regulars on Hockey Night in Canada, so you may like this, too.

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King Me! Canucks Get Back On Track Against Los Angeles: Recap and Chance Data

Dimitri Filipovic
March 03 2013 12:02AM

Henrik Sedin came to play tonight, and managed to thrive against a tough opponent in Anze Kopitar.

Things were nowhere near as bad as some people would have had you believe - quite frankly they rarely ever are - heading into Saturday night's game for the Vancouver Canucks, but they were still reeling, nonetheless. Two straight poor efforts and an injury to a key contributor will do that to a team. 

But in front of a national audience on Hockey Night in Canada, with Don Cherry and Ron MacLean in the house, the Canucks managed to regroup and put together a solid 5-2 win. There were definitely positives to be taken from the performance all the way around.

It's Saturday night, so let's bang through this like Jeff Carter bangs through, well, you can finish that sentence as you see fit. 

Read on Past the Jump for the Scoring Chance Data, and Analysis.

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