Canucks Dress Legitimate NHL Lineup, Fall to Ducks 3-2

Thomas Drance
September 29 2011 12:38AM


This photo rules because it looks like Burrows and Getzlaf are combining to hold one super long stick.
Photo Credit: Mike Blake REUTERS

The Canucks fell behind early to the Ducks in preseason action this evening, eventually losing by a score of 3-2. It was the first game of the preseason in which the Canucks dressed a majority of legitimate NHL skaters, and the "core of the team" looked rusty in spots, but were still generally effective - out-shooting the Ducks by a wide margin.

Jonas Hiller made thirty one saves in the win, several of the larcenous variety, while Luongo looked particularly rusty allowing two weak goals and three goals on twenty-two shots in the loss. The Canucks got goals from Henrik Sedin, Sami Salo on the two man-advantage, and Mark Mancari (who tipped a dangerous cross-crease feed from Cam Fowler into his own team's net). In the last couple of minutes in the game, the Canucks failed to capitalize on a 6-on-3 advantage with Luongo on the bench and two Ducks skater in the penalty-box.

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Evening Headshots September 28th

Thomas Drance
September 28 2011 07:08PM


The Canucks can't seem to get into the Winners Only Party.
Ryan Reynolds can, but no one accepts his free drink offers.

Headshots are a Canucksarmy feature where we link to the days freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, made a tribute video or birthed a clever .gif into existence - please e-mail me at thom.drance@gmail.com.

The above image is from a post about the Canucks "Stanley Cup Finals hangover" from Days of Y'Orr. The DOY guys have averaged about a post per week devoted exclusively to the Canucks, their fans and the city of Vancouver. That's more posts over the course of the last few months than fifty percent of the "bigger" Canucks blogs in the smylosphere. Thats... Well it's something.

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Pre-Season Roster Battles

Thomas Drance
September 28 2011 02:54PM


Will Keith Ballard start the season in the Canucks Top-Six?

Great news - the Canucks are dressing an NHL quality line-up this evening against Anaheim, and will probably do so again tomorrow against the Sharks. Tonight the Canucks will go with what many expect to be their opening day top-6 forward group (The twins, and Burrows, Sturm-Hodgson-Samuelsson) as well as their projected top-4 defense and Luongo in net. I'm excited - we haven't really enjoyed some high-quality "Sedinery" since the Western Conference Final - and I require a hit of that.

Though the "core" of the team is beginning to see action with three games left in the preseason, there are still some roster battles to be fleshed out. Who will replace Kesler? Who will begin the season as the teams left defenseman on the third pairing? And which two players will line up outside Maxim Lapierre on the fourth line? Let's take a quick look!

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Headshots September 27th

Thomas Drance
September 27 2011 02:39PM


Need something good to read? Why you're just like Ryan Kesler - except way worse at hockey!

Headshots are a Canucksarmy feature where we link to the days freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, made a tribute video or birthed a clever .gif into existence - please e-mail me at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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Season Preview: Goats and Stars

Thomas Drance
September 27 2011 11:38AM

It's become a tradition: every year at the Nations Network, our writers and commenters pick their stars — that one player who they will praise without end no matter what — and their goats — their yearly whipping-boy; he who can do no good for the season.

And this season is no exception.

CanucksArmy has expanded in the past few months, and our roster of writers has grown along with the blog. Writing for the site this season will be: Jeff Angus, TinfoilTuque, Cam Charron, Thomas Drance, Remy Greer (aka Herbert Vasilijevs), Patrick Johnston and Alix Wright. 

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