January 04 2014 01:38PM
If tonight's game between the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks is even one half of the game that we saw the last time these two teams hooked up, I think we'll all be satisfied. It was over a month ago now that all hell broke loose after Jordan Nolan took a run at Henrik Sedin. Once the fisticuffs concluded we saw a spirited effort in which the Canucks really raised the level of their game to another level (serving as a precursor for what was to come in December, essentially), only to have a couple of brutal defensive breakdowns late in the game result in a tough overtime loss.
I think it's clear at this point that these teams really don't like each other, and I wouldn't be surprised to see a similar sort of game like the one we saw in late November. I remember a while back Elliotte Friedman saying that out of all the teams in the West the Kings were the ones that gave the Canucks the most problems stylistically, but I'm not sure I agree with that. I'd say that given the way they're currently constructed, the Canucks would rather play in a 2-1 or 3-2 game than a back-and-forth shootout v. San Jose or Chicago, but that's just me.
Regardless, at the risk of sounding like the talking head on your television, this really is a big game for both teams (sorry, I don't mean to sound like a talking head on your television). Shit is getting real in a hurry. Read on past the jump for a preview.
January 04 2014 10:12AM
Yes, between David Poile having a guilt-ridden dream about leaving Jack Johnson off the team, and Brian Burke waking up in a sweat over a Seth Jones turnover, it was quite the selection process. I know the US men's basketball team has had success at the Olympics after putting together a dream team, but I don't think this is what they had in mind...
In what was purely a PR move, USA Hockey decided to allow two reporters to sit in on the meetings and conference calls that were part of the selection process for the men's Olympic hockey team. The stories from the two reporters "embedded" in the process, Scott Burnside for ESPN.com and Kevin Allen for USA Today, were to be part of a coordinated reveal on, sadly, the biggest night of the NHL season in the United States: January 1.
January 03 2014 10:22PM
Why is Torts yelling? New glasses? No, can't be it. Probably misses his old glasses.
Hey everyone, remember me? While it has certainly been a lengthy period of time since my last post on Canucks Army, I figured we could just forget it like the world forgot about Judy Winslow on Family Matters after she was killed in a horrific car crash.. or written off the show. I didn't look, since research isn't really my thing.
Anyways, I'm back with some linkage. Enjoy it after the jump.
January 03 2014 02:05PM
Welcome to this week's version of the Canucks Prospect Report.. it feels as if I haven't been able to update you since last year! This will be the first of hopefully 52 more prospect reports in 2014, and the players in question have been very busy post-Christmas.
As always, follow me @nuckprospects on Twitter for the latest in prospect news and feed free to send me any feedback on anything prospect related you wish me to cover.
Let's get to it just past the jump.
January 03 2014 12:02PM
Video courtesy CanucksTV
Yesterday we took a glance around the league and looked at how 15 former Canucks forwards were performing. Though there were a few useful pieces scattered between St. Louis and Long Island, and a couple of other quality depth players in Toronto, San Jose and Dallas, overall the team hasn't lost too much of value upfront over the past few years.
It's a different story along the blue-line, where the Canucks have seen a steady outflow of talent over the years. We'll catch up with some former Canucks defenseman after the jump.