A Baffling Personnel Decision: On Andrew Ebbett and Jordan Schroeder

Thomas Drance
April 29 2013 02:32PM


Phorograph by: Jamie Sabau, NHILI/Getty Images

On the very same day the Canucks acquired Derek Roy, they sent Jordan Schroeder back to Chicago. He hasn't been back with the team since, as the Canucks coaching staff has preferred to roll with Andrew Ebbett in the lineup and often in their top-nine.

I'm very much unconvinced that this makes any sense in the postseason, and I'll explain why after the jump.

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My Canucks goal total projections were more noise than signal this season

Thomas Drance
April 29 2013 10:51AM


Ryan Kesler and David Booth battled injuries all season. In doing so they made me look bad.
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Before the 2011-12 season I predicted Vancouver Canucks goal totals over at Pass it to Bulis and I did astonishingly well over the 82 game season:

My overall team predictions were much more successful: I had the Canucks scoring 57 power-play goals (they have 55), 178 even-strength goals (they’ve scored 176), 7 short-handed goals (the Canucks have 7) and 5 shootout winners (they’ve scored 8). That my friends, is some serious Rainman schtick.

Yep, I was pretty proud of myself. Well, this season my bubble burst and the model fared significantly less well. I'll dive into why after the jump.

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Canucks Open First Round Series Wednesday, Will be on TSN

Thomas Drance
April 28 2013 10:06PM


Whoa, the Canucks series won't be on CBC?
Photo Credit Jeff Vinnick/Behind the Lens

So the playoff schedule is set, and the Canucks will open their first round series against the San Jose Sharks at Rogers Arena on Wednesday night at 7:30 PM Pacific Standard Time. In an interesting and somewhat surpising move, the CBC, which gets to pick the Canadian broadcast rights to the two series they want most before TSN gets their first selection, decided to pass on the Pacific Time Zone series between the Sharks and the Canucks. So the CBC picked the Toronto versus Boston series and all-Canadian Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series between the Habs and the Senators instead, with TSN happily snapping up the Canucks series. 

Read past the jump.

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The CanucksArmy Podcast: Episode 2

CanucksArmy Podcast
April 28 2013 09:38PM


Canucks grinder Steve Pinizzotto knows what to listen to while eating energy bars.
Photograph by Jeff Vinnick/Behind The Lens

This week, and hopefully into late May and early June, we'll be brining you wall-to-wall coverage of the Canucks playoff run. So consider this podcast an hors d'oeuvres of sorts.

For the second episode of the podcast we're joined by CBC's Elliotte Friedman, who talks about Vancouver's defence oriented identity this season and his network's raw deal on playoff broadcast rights. We're also joined by NHL.com correspondent and InGoal magazine editor Kevin Woodley, he gives us an in-depth scouting report on Sharks goaltender Antii Niemi and updates on all things Canucks-goaltending going into the postseason.

Click past the jump to listen.

As always you can stream the podcast from this post:

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We're still trying to clear a final few hurdles to get the podcast up on iTunes, so we're hoping that'll happen for next week. Hope you enjoy the podcast.

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Five Potential Areas for Concern in Canuck-Land

Jeff Angus
April 28 2013 01:20PM

Be afraid Canucks fans, be very afraid.

The Canucks enter the postseason as the Northwest Division champs for the fifth consecutive year, and the current core has been through a lot together over those five years – lots of highs (San Jose Game 5, Chicago Game 7), and lots of lows (Boston Game 7, the first two Chicago matchups).

They know what it takes to win in the playoffs. Structured defense, discipline*, goaltending, and some luck.

The Canucks haven’t been the same electric offensive team in 2013 as they have been in the past few years, due in large part to personnel changes and injuries. However, they have tweaked the system and turned in some impressive defensive performances. The Chris Tanev high ankle sprain is a worrisome injury, and the team will be in tough to balance three pairings without him.

Let’s take a look at five possible areas of concern heading into the 2013 postseason.

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