December 20 2011 01:34AM
Going into this game, some lazy analysts may look at the standings, say "hey, Minnesota has won 20 games and lead the division" and labelled the Wild one of the best teams in hockey. This couldn't be further from the truth, as the team's record is an absolute house of cards, with goaltender Niklas Backstrom's save percentage up beyond sustainable levels, which apparently turns this game into a SHOWDOWN!
The Canucks, despite a slow start, took advantage of some bounces in the crease and the Sedins stole the show on the powerplay, giving the Canucks their second straight win and handing the Wild, suddenly reeling, their fourth straight defeat. To check detailed analysis, scoring chance data, and the statistical three stars, follow us after the jump.
December 19 2011 06:54PM
Look, Dion's chasing someone else too!
(Pawel Dwulit - Canadian Press)
Things are on the move here at the army. Today we launch a new column, "Rising Action", where CA contributor Patrick Johnston takes aim at the hockey media, both through a Canucks lens and with a view to the league as a whole...read on!
Saturday's Canucks takedown of a resurgent Leafs squad wasn't the only entertainment on offer for hockey fans, they also had the pleasure of witnessing Glenn Healy and company out do themselves. From Ron Maclean's bizarre, hackneyed 'apology', to Healy's crazed pronouncements from between the benches, it was quite the night for once-proud flaghip show of hockey.
Let's follow my quasi-live tweeting of Saturday night's action.
December 18 2011 11:55AM
Lots of WJC talk this week on NationRadio with the annual tournament right around the corner. Among the other topics this week is Magnus Paajarvi being sent from the Oilers to their AHL affiliate, the 2011-12 Boston Bruins, Red Deer Rebels and OKC Barons.
This is NationRadio.
December 17 2011 08:20PM
(It wasn't quite this, but it was something)
After losing two games to the lowest-ranked teams in each respective conference, the Vancouver Canucks faced a team that they've had a bit of recent dominance against in the Toronto Maple Leafs, coming off a close loss to the Buffalo Sabres a night prior. The Canucks got an early goal, had it tied up, got an early goal in the second, had it tied up again, but then pulled away in the third period to cement their ninth straight win against the Leafs.
Follow us after the jump for detailed analysis, scoring chance data, and a new favourite feature of ours, the Statistical Three Stars...
December 17 2011 11:55AM
Last year's affair at Air Canada Centre was a bizarre one.
I think the Canucks would rather just demolish the Leafs old fashioned-like this time around.
(Photo by Abelimages / Getty Images)
Game Day Recon: Game #32 - Canucks @ Maple Leafs
The Vancouver Canucks lost consecutive games to the worst teams in either conference. Sobering, for sure. But par for the course when it comes to the Vancouver Canucks, who have found ways to lose to the bottom feeders in the league for several years. The good thing about the Canucks facing the Leafs is that the Leafs are currently in a playoff spot. And the Canucks should be good and pissed off after gagging away a two-goal lead in Carolina on Thursday.