The Respectful Rivalry: Vancouver and Detroit

Jeff Angus
April 20 2013 09:55AM

The Canucks and Red Wings have had a very good (and understated) rivalry over the past decade or so. For so long, the Canucks were the little brother to Western Conference juggernauts from Colorado and Detroit, teams that would routinely feast on the Canucks and their subpar goaltending.

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NHL Waters Down It's High Profile Product

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April 19 2013 01:47PM

Outdoor game in March? Vancouver should be playing the Ducks.

Sure, I get that the NHL wants to milk the golden cash, wait.

That can't be right, because as we learned during the lockout, it's the players that are cattle. So maybe the the more appropriate phrase might be that they want to fleece the golden sheep? Whatever. I won't even make the obvious joke about killing the golden goose. The point is they can hold as many of these games as they want, but why hold one of them in Vancouver?

Seriously. I mean, it's one thing to figuratively water down the NHL's annual outdoor showcase by staging six of them next year, but holding one of them in Vancouver in March will literally water down the product.

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The Canucks Week in Quips for April 19

April 19 2013 11:25AM

Point rockets in flight, that's Blackbeard's Delight! Woop!
(Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

This is a regular Friday feature combining a healthy mixture of observation, analysis, and foresight on the Vancouver Canucks. If you'd like to get at me about anything covered in this column, follow me on Twitter at @yyjordan and let's start a textual relationship (wink).

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Ebbett Does Dallas

Thomas Drance
April 18 2013 11:48PM

What does Cory Schneider have in common with laundry? Both get hung out to dry.
Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The Canucks finished up their season long five game roadtrip in Dallas on Thursday night not with a whimper, but with a bang. Unfortunately it was a bang of the wrong sort, like a flashbang, as the Canucks got lit up for four goals in the third period - three of them in quick succession - by a pretty mediocre team in the Dallas Stars.

But you know what's white and blue and not nearly as bad as it looked on Thursday night? The Canucks. Actually, the team was probably the better club on the whole in this game, though it wasn't enough to prevent the game from getting away from them in dramatic fashion in the latter half of the contest...

Read past the jump for scoring chance data and analysis.

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The Week of a Canucks Bandwagoner (Episode II)

Austin Wallace
April 18 2013 04:13PM

Image uncredited via NWSportsbeat

This week, I hope we can all agree to jump on a bandwagon: the Bruins bandwagon. Regardless of how much most of us fans hate a certain breed of rat, or how we have perceived Boston players and fans, we as people, not fans, should lend our support in any way we can. An event like this does more than transcend sport; it diminishes its importance to the same extent that Astronaut’s feel diminished by the stars. I have been heartened by the fact that even those fans that have previously been passionate in their distaste for Boston within the scope of their NHL team have shown genuine concern and support. Sports may not matter in and of themselves, but they can be a rallying point, a source of healing and pride. Look no further than the national anthem of the first Bruin's game, I don’t think I have ever shed tears over an anthem before...

The Canucks may not matter in the big scheme of things, but they matter to me and I assume those reading this share my sentiment. This week has been interesting as far as bandwagoning goes. Like the Canucks, there has been a lot of turnover on the old wagon, but just as many people seem to leave as arrive. Read past the jump for more.

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