February 09 2015 10:38PM
It seems likely that the Vancouver Canucks will have to soldier on without the services of key second-line centreman Nick Bonino.
Bonino sustained an apparent left foot injury while blocking a Ryan Suter one-timer in the second period of Monday night's 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild.
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February 09 2015 09:22PM
I've wasted no digital ink on this platform, or others for that matter, discussing the threat that the an upstart Minnesota Wild pose to Vancouver's playoff aspirations. By most underlying metrics, they are the better team. With the addition of Devan Dubnyk, they've addressed their Achilles heel. This in mind, the Canucks should have had no problem getting up for a contest against their playoff bubble Western counterparts. This is the home stretch and these are four-point games if there ever was such a thing.
Instead Vancouver wandered aimlessly like lambs to the slaughter into tonight's contest. Defensively, the Canucks treated their structure as an afterthought. The two clubs traded chances early; Dubnyk was up to the task, Ryan Miller was not. This trend continued until Miller was relieved of his duty and the game was well out of reach. Eddie Lack did his best to stop the bleeding, keeping the Wild at five. The final score 5-3.
Lets find out where it all went wrong on the other side of the jump.
February 09 2015 05:41PM
The Vancouver Canucks will visit the Minnesota Wild in the unfriendly confines of the Xcel Energy Center on Monday evening.
The Wild, who might be the league's stingiest defensive club when their goalies are stopping even an average rate of shots, are in the midst of a major surge. Since acquiring Devan Dubnyk from the Arizona Coyotes nine games ago the Wild have amassed a gaudy 7-1-1 record, in large part thanks to Dubnyk stopping nearly 95 percent of the shots he's faced.
For a team like the Canucks, who have often struggled to manufacture offense, this will be a major test.
February 09 2015 03:06PM
That the Vancouver Canucks are interested in acquiring Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane, who hails from Vancouver originally and played his major junior hockey locally with the Giants, is becoming more apparent as the reports mount.
Kane was in the eye of a storm of controversy last week when he was a healthy scratch for a game against the Canucks following an incident with teammates. He underwent surgery on an injured shoulder at the end of the week and it sure seems as if his Jets tenure is at an end.
Though Kane is done for the year, it's possible that Winnipeg could trade him before the deadline. While the Canucks are reportedly one of the teams currently holding down a playoff spot that would still be eager to acquire Kane before the March 2nd NHL trade deadline, they're reluctant to meet Winnipeg's asking price, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.
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February 09 2015 01:34PM
Nothing goes together quite like fathers and bad jokes and today's power rankings has an abundance of both.