October 22 2011 11:26AM
Roberto Luongo is an excellent goaltender. Year after year he consistently posts well above average numbers, numbers that mark him as one of the league’s best goaltenders. He’s also a slow starter, and a little bit streaky – in recent history he typically starts poorly, and interchanges unbeatable months with poorer ones. Let’s look at his work in October for the Vancouver Canucks.
October 22 2011 08:48AM
Last time they played, Ryan Kesler capped off a 40-goal regular season.
Is he ready to light the lamp again?
(Photo by Jessica Haydahl/NHLI via Getty Images)
Game Day Recon: Game #8 - Wild @ Canucks
The Vancouver Canucks complete a four-game home stand with an afternoon affair against the Minnesota Wild.
First, the Predators. Now the Wild. It's a good thing that Vancouver likes its hockey. Otherwise back to back games with two of the most boring teams in the league would have fans feeling in droves.
But Canucks clearly love boring, cost-prohibitive divisional matchups in the middle of the day.
October 21 2011 03:25PM
Mark Spector’s piece on Sportsnet ripping into Canucks fans for their heinous treatment of Roberto Luongo was flawed on many levels. Aside from the obvious and basic problem – that Spector takes an entire fan-base, melds them into one, and then explains why he and the rest of the country are laughing at them is obviously flawed – I was struck by Spector’s wildly inaccurate and vaguely racist implication that Vancouver’s problems are the result of drafting too many Europeans.
October 21 2011 02:21PM
The Good and the Bad of this past week.
It's Friday. So we close out the "Week That Was" with our latest volume of Cheers and Jeers.
We start with hate for Lu, love for Ryp, and what the hell is up with a 1 PM start ?!
October 21 2011 01:06PM
A lot can happen during 60 minutes of battle night in and night out, so every week Canucks Army will bring you a quick player assessment: who is are doing well enough that you should slap their names on the back of your $250 jersey, who's been so bad they should be jettisoned down to the Wolves before you reach the end of this sentence and the guys caught in the murky middle, giving you just enough good to make it palatable to ignore the bloody awful.
This week we celebrate two guys who had their own luxury suites in AV's doghouse last season while casting a shameful eye at a pair of slumping wingers (there's a more than slight chance you can guess who one of them is).