December 20 2013 04:11PM
At the start of the season, I presumed that the Canucks might have three of four prospects at Team Canada's selection camp this season for the World Juniors, with most recent first round picks Bo Horvat and Hunter Shinkaruk, as well as last year's first rounder Brendan Gaunce. Maybe there was a spot somewhere for Belleville's Jordan Subban.
Ultimately though, Hockey Canada decided to go with a 25-man camp this year, cutting Gaunce and Subban before it began. Bo Horvat was a lock all through the camp, but Shinkaruk, who has been nursing a hagging hip injury this year and had just 16 points so far in 18 games, was one of the first cuts from the camp, along with New Jersey prospect Damon Severson.
December 20 2013 02:55PM
Eddie Lack used to enjoy being in Chicago. This'll be a different experience, you'd imagine.
The title for last night's game recap was "It Gets Easier, Right", and it turns out that the answer is a definitive "no". The score from that game is actually misleading, seeing as the Canucks completely and utterly dominated the entire 2nd period of a game in which they were only down 2-1. But a soft back-breaking goal by Cole late in the 2nd really did them in.
Less than 24 hours following the loss they're back at it, this time against the Chicago Blackhawks and their usual gimmicks; Jim Cornelison's extravagant anthem, Chelsea Dagger, Vince Vaughn, and some very good hockey players. It's far from an ideal situation for the Canucks given all of the circumstances, but there's a reason they play the games. Remember that time they were supposed to get slaughtered by the Blues at the end of their 7-game road trip? Yeah..
December 20 2013 12:22PM
With any luck, this awful pun will land me a job running the @VanCanucks Twitter account.
After their biggest win of the season at home, the Canucks are on the road this week where they've been good all year, culminating in a showdown with the Blackhawks at the Mad House.
Here are 10 thoughts for the week, and since this is my last entry before Christmas, I hope everyone enjoys a safe and happy holiday season. Here we go!
December 19 2013 09:11PM
The Vancouver Canucks continued on with their mini-trip through the Western Conference's Central Division Thursday night in Dallas. Here are the Cliffs Notes for the game: they gave up more goals than they scored, things didn't go nearly as well as you'd hoped they would, and ultimately they weren't able to overcome a slow start.
An easy narrative would be that they were looking ahead to the looming tilt against the Blackhawks, but I don't buy that for a second really. They looked like a team who had a few defensive breakdowns, and one whose goaltender was not able to match the efforts of the guy on the other end of the ice.
Read on past the jump for a quick recap of Thursday night's loss in Big D.
December 19 2013 12:49PM
Get excited! Andrew Alberts is coming to a lineup near you! [Image via Vancity Buzz]
The positives: Thursday night's game against the Dallas Stars can only be an upgrade in entertainment value from the last time we saw the Canucks, in their shootout loss to the Wild. Also, while the Stars are probably at least a smidgen better than their record would indicate, they're not the Chicago Blackhawks.. so you can breathe easy for another night. Plus Andrew Alberts looks very dapper in his Ugly Christmas Sweater.
The negatives: The news on recently injured defenseman Ryan Stanton isn't exactly great, and the reason a picture of Andrew Alberts is being used is because he's coming to a lineup near you! Also, Aaron Rome still isn't healthy enough to play for the Stars which I know will upset at least 1 person out there.