Canucks Lose Thrilling Game They Shouldn't Have Lost: Recap and Chance Data

Dimitri Filipovic
March 06 2013 01:02AM

"You stole those two points for your team, Antti."

Here's the question if you're a Canucks fan: would you rather see your team play a thrilling game in which they dominate, only to have them eventually lose, or would you prefer to see them squeek out a forgettable yawner and take home the two points?

For me, personally, it's the former; every single day of the week, and twice on this particular night. Especially when you're talking about a regular season game in March, shortened season or no shortened season.

The Vancouver Canucks wound up losing to the San Jose Sharks in a shootout on Tuesday night, yet it's nearly impossible to fault the process that they put forth. They should have won this game, and if they continue to play like this, more often than not they will.

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

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Afternoon Headshots: March 5th

Thomas Drance
March 05 2013 06:43PM

Biesellent is such dad humour.
Via Sealcat, who else?

Today at our humble old Canucks blog we guffawed at some funny photos of Zack Kassian, tried our best (and mostly failed) to figure out whether or not Nicklas Jensen was AHL eligible following his successful season in the Swedish Elite League, laughed at the ineptitude of the Northwest Division and previewed tonight's contest between the Canucks and the Sharks.

Lots of other Canucks news happened too (okay, not lots but some!) and we'll recap it after the jump.

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Game #22 Preview: Sharks @ Canucks

Dimitri Filipovic
March 05 2013 03:27PM

The Canucks need to figure out a way to beat Antti Niemi, which has been easier said than done this season.

The Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks come into Tuesday night's game bearing some serious similarities, even if their respectives paths in getting there have been different. They have nearly identical records, their underlying numbers are comparable, and come playoff time, I think they've both got a legitimate shot to make a run.

This will mark their first meeting since January 27th - only the 5th contest of the early season for the Canucks - when the Sharks took care of business with a score of 4-1. Yet just like these two teams, that game was close; much closer than the score would indicate. Despite a dreadful start and some terrible shooting luck, the Canucks were in it until some dumb penalties ultimately derailed their efforts. 

Read on Past the Jump for More on the Game.

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Nicklas Jensen finishes off his SEL Season, will be assigned to Chicago this week

Thomas Drance
March 05 2013 02:22PM

Nicklas Jensen celebrates a goal with AIK in October.
Photo Uncredited Via Expressen.

On Tuesday morning Nicklas Jensen's season with Swedish Elite League team AIK came to an end, and he scored a third period goal to seal the win in his final game. According to Vancouver's Assistant General Manager Lorne Henning, Nicklas Jensen will be assigned to Chicago on Friday.

That said his eligibility for American Hockey League action isn't quite a slam-dunk yet.

Read on past the jump for more.

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Never Change, NW Division. Never Change.

Graphic Comments
March 05 2013 10:44AM

Feast or famine

Wow. There really is no middle ground in the Northwest Division, is there?

Whether it's in the standings, with the Canucks pretty much feasting on the talent starved rest of the division, or in the front offices, where you could never accuse any of the GMs of being underfed, but sometimes it sure seems like they've starved their brains of oxygen.

That's right: it's feast or famine in the Northwest. (Yeah, I went there. Deal with it.)

This last week was no exception...

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