February 05 2012 09:44AM
This is a weekly feature that will highlight The Good, The Bad and The *fill in the blank* exciting things that are currently happening in the NHL. Will the Canucks really trade Schneider? Did Boston actually lose all four games to Carolina? Are clocks conspiring against the NHL or just Columbus? Hockey – it can make time stop.
February 04 2012 06:25PM
Bieksa found the back of the net with 35 seconds remaining in Saturday's game.
It's becoming something of a theme of late, but the Canucks managed yet another "great escape" this afternoon in Denver. If the team's inability to control possession wasn't nearing the "20 game milestone," I'd find it amusing! Instead, I'm getting pretty worried. Sure the Canucks are picking up points in most of the games in which they're out-played, but they've been extremely lucky. And their goaltending has been unsustainably good.
Today the Canucks came out flat and let their opponent dictate the pace. The team's trademark creativity was only visible in their own end of the rink, where they produced a greater variety of turnovers than a Pillsbury factory. The team was out-chanced 19-12 at even-strength, the penalty kill was porous, and the first power-play unit allowed three chances against in nearly 6:30 of ice-time.
Despite the team's uninspired play, they managed to get the two points thanks mostly to Roberto Luongo, with habitual fan-base scapegoats Raymond and Bieksa scoring "clutch" markers as well. A more detailed recap, chance data and the statistical three stars after the jump!
February 04 2012 07:16AM
It has been nearly three months since Avs Winger Daniel Winnick "hadouken'd" Alex Edler.
Game Day Recon: Game #52 - Canucks @ Avalanche
Early this afternoon the "slumping" Canucks visit the Mile High City for another Saturday day-game that won't be televised, or covered, by Hockey Night in Canada. It's the Canucks third non-HNIC, Saturday day-game in 2012, with the memorable affairs in Boston, and in Vancouver against San Jose, being the other recent examples.
Are all of these early starts responsible for the breakdown in the Canucks once-vaunted possession game over the past four weeks? Probably not, but they're getting to be a bit frustrating! The CBC may not produce my favorite hockey broadcast anymore, but damn-it, seeing les boys on Hockey Night still means something!
A longer recap, underlying numbers from both teams, and more after the jump!
February 03 2012 02:14PM
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!"
This week, I tip my hat to Captain Clutch and a couple of Blackhawks fans (WHAT?!?!), but I stop the clock on the Staples Center staff and smash my own hands in penance.
February 03 2012 01:24PM
Shhh. Don't tell the four teams waging war on a nightly basis for Central Division supremacy about what's going on in the sleepy Northwest. Alright, it's not much of a secret really, but I don't know if people realize just how much the Canucks have benefited from running roughshod over the "cupcakes" in their division the past three seasons, especially the Colorado Avalanche. This stuff will make those Central Division guys cringe, if not cry.