Canucks v. Sharks- Round 1 Preview

Thomas Drance
April 30 2013 02:41PM

Photograph by Thearon W Henderson/Getty

In analyzing the Canucks's upcoming first round series matchup against the San Jose Sharks, many commentators have noted the similarities between the two teams, the two coaches (and their perch upon a rather hot seat), and the two organizations as a whole. Beyond being evenly matched heading into their first round matchup, both the Canucks and Sharks have sustained regular season success over the years, and have maintained their core group despite the temptation to tear it all apart after repeated postseason failure.

For all of the "mirror image" talk, there is a major difference between these two teams that will shape how the series ultimately plays out. In particular, the Sharks strength as a hockey club is in their enviable depth and special teams play, while Vancouver's is at the top-end of their roster and at even-strength. This series looks to be very close and we'll get into why it's such a coin flip, in exhausting details, after the jump.

Read past the jump.

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Canucks Army 2013 Year-End Awards

Dimitri Filipovic
April 30 2013 09:23AM

Daniel Sedin was awarded the Cyclone Taylor, for team MVP, in 2011. Who earned the honour this season?

With the regular season winding down, the Vancouver Canucks handed out their team awards just a few days ago. Trying to keep up with things, The Nation Network has decided to hand out (virtual) year-end hardware for each team across the network this season. Just past the jump we'll be sharing our votes - gathered from all of your favourite voices on this fine site - on 6 individual award categories, with write-ups explaining the thought process behind the decisions included. We'll also be opening up voting for you, the readers, so make sure your opinion is heard!

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Afternoon Headshots: April 29th

Thomas Drance
April 29 2013 05:42PM

We'll miss you Northwest Division.
Words from PiTB/Vancouver Sun, photo from knothappening.

It's NHL Playoff's eve and that means it was a busy day at Canucks Army. We podcasted with Kevin Woodley and Elliotte Friedman, we touched on the San Jose-Vancouver series being snubbed by CBC, I self-flaggelated over for some weak preseason prognosticating regarding Vancouver's goal totals this season, argued that playing Andrew Ebbett over Jordan Schroeder doesn't make much sense, and delved into the reasons why Jason Garrison should play on Vancouver's top power-play unit.

We also introduced the Nation Network's NHL Playoff Pick'Em Contest: Streak Cred, which you should totally get in on since it supports a couple of good causes, will be an awful lot of fun to play over the next couple of months, and gives you an opportunity to win some great prizes (including a trip for two to attend Oktoberfest in Bavaria).

Click past the jump for more Canucks news and other tidbits.

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April 29 2013 04:03PM

Have you received positive reviews at work lately? Perhaps a supervisor or boss commended you for "excellent use of time around the office" or a "focus on efficiency?" Well throw that attitude out the window friends. It's time to waste some time during the playoffs. Some serious time. I'm talkin' bout StreakCred - the Nation Network Playoff Game.

Curious? Of course you are. Who wants to climb the corporate ladder anyway? AMIRITE?*

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Jason Garrison and the First Unit Power-Play

Thomas Drance
April 29 2013 03:01PM

Photo Credit Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty

On Wednesday evening, the Canucks will open their first round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks are quite possibly the league's single best special teams club, and the Canucks will be hard pressed to match them in this area. 

One adjustment that could help is changing up the first unit so that it features Jason Garrison's ridiculously powerful slapshot. I'm convinced that the Canucks need to add some heavy artillery to the first power-play unit, and I crunched some numbers in an attempt to prove it. Check it out after the jump.

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