Roberto Luongo Starts Game 1 Because Of Course he Does

Thomas Drance
May 01 2013 12:28PM

Over the latter half of the lockout shortened 2013 regular season, Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider went on a run and cemented his status as the everyday starter for the club. As the team racked up wins, Roberto Luongo appeared to adjust to life as a backup and remained focussed and committed to the team even though his bitter disappointment over staying put at the trade deadline was evident.

For a brief shining moment earlier this month it appeared as if the neverending soap opera that has engulfed Vancouver's crease ever since Cory Schneider was named the starter for game six of the club's first round series against the Chicago Blackhawks way back in 2011 had subsided. Perhaps normalcy might finally reign. Then, of course, Cory Schneider got hurt in the last week of the regular season, and now, of course, Roberto Luongo will be starting in game one of Vancouver's first round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night. How silly we were to think this situation could possibly unfold any other way.

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Night Time Headshots: April 30th

Thomas Drance
April 30 2013 10:14PM

Zack Kassian's playoff mullet, in picstitch form.
Image via Derek Jory at Fort Nucks.

Today at CanucksArmy we gave away our year end awards to a variety of Canucks for the 2013 regular season, previewed the first round series between the Canucks at Sharks at length (and we mean it when we say "at length"), and discussed whether or not Frank Corrado is the right call for Vancouver's third-pairing.

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Is Frank Corrado the right choice to replace Chris Tanev?

Patrick Johnston
April 30 2013 05:17PM

Given the lines the Canucks have been running at practice ahead of Wednesday's game one, there's a strong chance that Andrew Alberts and Frank Corrado will make up Vancouver's third pairing on Wednesday night.

This means that Keith Ballard is again on the outside looking in and (more importantly) Chris Tanev is still out of the lineup injured.

The Alberts vs Ballard debate has been had before, so let's look to the side of that, where we see that Corrado is being leaned on to play a role that may be small but will be crucial.

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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.

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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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