Canucks Army Postgame: Minnesota Wildin'

J.D. Burke
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.

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CANUCKS ARMY GDT #52 - CANUCKS @ Wild

Thomas Drance
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.

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Report: Canucks unwilling to part with Virtanen, Horvat in trade for Evander Kane

Thomas Drance
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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Canucks Player Power Rankings - Feb 9th, 2015

Grainne Downey
February 09 2015 01:34PM

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Nothing goes together quite like fathers and bad jokes and today's power rankings has an abundance of both. 

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Finding the Balance Between Youth and a Competitive Edge

J.D. Burke
February 09 2015 11:00AM

It didn't take long, but Vancouver had once again found itself engaged in talks about their own troubled power-forward in the hours leading up to Saturday night's contest with the Penguins. It was speculated that Zack Kassian would return to the Canucks lineup, most likely at the expense of Chris Higgins. There had been rumblings throughout the day that Higgins might be suffering from some sort of mystery ailment. With that in mind, the decision made perfect sense on many levels.

Whatever ailment Higgins was rumoured to have, it clearly wasn't that serious. By puck-drop, Higgins was a fixture of the third-line, on Linden Vey's flank, opposite Kassian. Should he have been, though? I'm beginning to wonder if this club's short term dreams of a return to the post-season are beginning to hamper their long term aspirations of getting younger and competing for the Stanley Cup again.

The Canucks made the easy decision, but I'm not necessarily sure it was the right one. Is Vancouver passing up on valued time to develop younger alternatives?

Lets find out on the other side of the jump.

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