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March 06 2015 06:15AM
All your post trade deadline news, Maple Leafs drama, Giordano's Norris chances squashed, the Oilers GM, new players on new teams and more in this week's Roundup.
March 06 2015 01:36AM
I feel bad for Eddie Lack.....dude gets no goal support and hung out to dry more nights than he deserves... pic.twitter.com/7sicxzKNXY— Cory (@nine30shineshop) March 6, 2015
The Arizona Coyotes have gone full-Rommel, trading any asset with some semblance of value to ensure an uglier now that helps secure a brighter tomorrow. These Panzers are facing off with Buffalo's Shermans in the ultimate battle for first pick between Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. They have the worst starting goaltender in the league. Their first line center in Kyle Chipchura - he of the waiver wire trip as recently as December.
So it is strangely fitting that the Canucks were shut out for the first two and a half periods of this hockey game. To Vancouver's credit, they mounted a last second push to knot things up at two by regulations end, before dropping tonight's contest in the shootout, 3-2.
There's not a whole lot to talk about, but what little there is will all be covered, on the other side of the jump.
March 05 2015 10:10PM
Eddie Lack did his best, but couldn't overcome a lacklustre Canucks effort in the desert as the throwback Arizona Coyotes outlasted the visiting Canucks for a 3-2 win in a shootout.
Click past the jump for our world-famous NHL 94 graphic recap!
March 05 2015 03:00PM
For much of the year the Vancouver Canucks have killed penalties with the ruthlessness one might expect of the Tilikum on their sweater.
Vancouver's 4-on-5 play has been a major strength of the club this season. While the Sedins have been super proficient on the power play, the rest of the team has brought Vancouver down to about average. Needless to say the Canucks' 5-on-5 play has left something to be desired, as the team has been both out-scored and out-possessed at even strength.
An elite penalty kill has helped Vancouver keep their goals against down and their total goal differential in the positive side of the ledger all season, and this was largely thanks to their top defensive tandem of Alex Edler and Chris Tanev. Yet with the Canucks allowing only two power-play goals against in their last 10 games, has their absence really had any influence on the Canucks' penalty killing? Read past the jump to find out.
March 05 2015 01:45PM
The Vancouver Canucks will look to bounce back from a humbling 6-2 loss earlier this week against the San Jose Sharks, and they've got something of a gimme on the docket in the Arizona Coyotes.
Sellers at the recent NHL trade deadline, the Coyotes have subtracted a whole mess of key contributors from their lineup recently including Antoine Vermette, Zybnek Michalek, Keith Yandle. Perhaps most importantly from a Canucks perspective: serial injurer of Canucks player Martin Hanzal is on Injured Reserve.
Vancouver has struggled against bottom feeders over the past month. Can they get back on track against a club that's squarely eyeing the McEichel lottery?