March 20 2012 10:04AM
Another week, another leader in the Nation Network Hockey Pool.
March 19 2012 09:45PM
Alex Burrows battles, kind of, to create traffic against Wild netminder Josh Harding who recorded the easy shutout.
(Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)
It's pretty clear that the Canucks just don't care. That's not an excuse, and its been so long since the team put in a solid sixty minute effort that you can forgive fans in the Vancouver market who aren't well disposed to "trusting" this particular team in a seven-game series, but I'm still convinced it's true.
In tonight's game against the Wild, the Canucks attempted more even-strength shots (52-45) than Minnesota and had roughly an equal number of shots on goal. Most of those shots, however, were of the dreaded "perimeter" variety, and by the chance data the Canucks were absolutely crushed in this game.
Vancouver's blueliners took 12 shots, and the forwards took many of the remaining 21 from odd angles, or from well over 40 feet out. Most of those shots hardly troubled Josh Harding. The way the Canucks avoided the "tough areas" of the ice, and were content to just set up point shots repeatedly, indicates to me that the team is cruising and primarily looking to avoid injury.
When you put a half-hearted effort into just about anything, you get the result you deserve. Tonight that meant a two-zip loss at the hands of the league's worst possession team.
Click past the jump for a more thorough recap, chance data and the statistical three stars.
March 19 2012 03:20PM
Dorsett yells at his teammates to pick up Alex Edler on Saturday night.
Dorsett's teammates responded by taking a nap.
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March 19 2012 02:43PM
The You Can Play project was launched by the Burke family in honour of Brendan Burke, a gay athlete who perished tragically in late 2009. I'm proud of the way the hockey community is leading the way on a critical social issue, the acceptance of LGBT athletes in professional sports, and I was thrilled today to hear that the organization has added their newest spokesman - Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks.
March 19 2012 12:19PM
The Canucks, fresh off a win over Columbus on Saturday that was altogether too close for comfort, will look to continue to shake out some cobwebs tonight as they roll into the home-base of the Minnesota Wild. The Canucks are hated in Minnesota, and generally speaking have had some memorably godawful games at the Xcel Energy Center over the past couple of seasons. From the Rypien incident, to the 5-2 shellacking they took in November - the Canucks are occasionally ambushed by their Xcel demons, despite consistently being a far superior side to the one the Wild ice.
Tonight, they'll face Josh Harding, with Mason Raymond in the press-box, Manny Malhotra back in the lineup and Cory Schneider in net. Will the twins be reunited with the Burrows? Is the Edler-Bieksa experiment finally over?
Read past the jump for a more thorough recap, underlying numbers and the three keys to the game!