April 02 2014 04:07PM
It has been a steady, progressive, and miserable fall from grace for the Vancouver Canucks this season, as they've seen any hopes they had for a playoff run evaporate into thin air. It seems like it was ages age now, but in reality it was only 3 months ago that this team was sitting pretty with a 23-11-6 following a 2-0 victory against the Calgary Flames. They won 10 times in December, losing only once in regulation for the entirety of that month.
Here comes the "buuuttttt.." -- but then, absolutely everything - and I. mean. everything. - fell apart. A rash of injuries to key players (the blueline was decimated, but Henrik Sedin's was the most critical for my money) coincided with a drastic uptick in the difficulty of the schedule, and their inability to get any sort of puck luck was reflected by the catacylsmic dip in their PDO.
It was essentially hockey's on-ice version of a natural disaster. That's how we've gotten to this point; it's April 2nd, and instead of figuring out the playoff path of least resistance we're spending our time trying to grease the wheels of that tank pictured above.
April 01 2014 11:54PM
On Tuesday night the Vancouver Canucks welcomed former bench boss Alain Vigneault and his New York Rangers to the friendly, if sparsely attended, confines of Rogers Arena. Vancouver's club played really well against an Eastern Conference team that I personally expect to make the Conference Finals, assuming Ryan McDonagh's apparent shoulder injury isn't too serious, of course.
But despite a Herculean effort from Vancouver's top-line the Canucks lost 3-1 and came undone thanks to some weak special teams play.
Read past the jump for more.
April 01 2014 02:08PM
I know that the vast overanalysis and excessive reaching for comparisons between the guy who used to sit behind the bench for the Vancouver Canucks and the guy that currently does can become a bit nauseating at times. Particularly on days like today, when the former comes back to town with his new team.
But still, I'll take that over what's become status quo; citing the team's dwindling playoff odds courtesy of Sports Club Stats, and discussing the injury de jour. Things have gotten pretty stale and dry around these parts, and the return of Alain Vigneault to the town where he enjoyed 7 largely successful seasons at least helps provide a little bit of a distraction, or reprieve from the sad reality the Canucks face these days. Even if it's only for 24 hours.
So kick back, relax, have a lozenge, and get set for tonight's game between the Rangers and Canucks.
April 01 2014 01:04PM
Watching the Vancouver Canucks has been an, almost entirely, irredeemable experience in 2013-14. They've been losing far more than they've been winning since the calendar flipped to the new year, and even worse, they've been doing so in a brutally uninteresting fashion. But for a variety of reasons, we've all continued to put ourselves through the misery that is devoting 3 hours to them time and time again, whenever they pop up on the schedule.
Which brings us to April 1st. That's the night when the Canucks host Alain Vigneault and his New York Rangers, but it's also the night we'll be having our "Canucks Army Viewing Party/Charity Event" for the second time this season. You shouldn't be alone on that night, we need to get through these rough times together.
Let's take it back to basics and go through the Six Ws - well, it's technically 5 Ws and 1 H, but who's really counting? - in a quick and easy way to get all of the relevant information we need. My elementary school teachers would be so proud of me if they could see me now.
April 01 2014 10:36AM
It 'twas the early morning of the Canucks Army Rally and not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse, blah blah blah. Sugar plums and all that jazz. In all seriousness though, that little bit about you creatures not stirring couldn't have been further from the truth. There's plenty of great content from the Canucks blogosphere and below I'll do my best to showcase it.