April 30 2013 05:17PM
Given the lines the Canucks have been running at practice ahead of Wednesday's game one, there's a strong chance that Andrew Alberts and Frank Corrado will make up Vancouver's third pairing on Wednesday night.
This means that Keith Ballard is again on the outside looking in and (more importantly) Chris Tanev is still out of the lineup injured.
The Alberts vs Ballard debate has been had before, so let's look to the side of that, where we see that Corrado is being leaned on to play a role that may be small but will be crucial.
April 30 2013 02:41PM
Photograph by Thearon W Henderson/Getty
In analyzing the Canucks's upcoming first round series matchup against the San Jose Sharks, many commentators have noted the similarities between the two teams, the two coaches (and their perch upon a rather hot seat), and the two organizations as a whole. Beyond being evenly matched heading into their first round matchup, both the Canucks and Sharks have sustained regular season success over the years, and have maintained their core group despite the temptation to tear it all apart after repeated postseason failure.
For all of the "mirror image" talk, there is a major difference between these two teams that will shape how the series ultimately plays out. In particular, the Sharks strength as a hockey club is in their enviable depth and special teams play, while Vancouver's is at the top-end of their roster and at even-strength. This series looks to be very close and we'll get into why it's such a coin flip, in exhausting details, after the jump.
Read past the jump.
April 30 2013 09:23AM
Daniel Sedin was awarded the Cyclone Taylor, for team MVP, in 2011. Who earned the honour this season?
With the regular season winding down, the Vancouver Canucks handed out their team awards just a few days ago. Trying to keep up with things, The Nation Network has decided to hand out (virtual) year-end hardware for each team across the network this season. Just past the jump we'll be sharing our votes - gathered from all of your favourite voices on this fine site - on 6 individual award categories, with write-ups explaining the thought process behind the decisions included. We'll also be opening up voting for you, the readers, so make sure your opinion is heard!
April 29 2013 05:42PM
It's NHL Playoff's eve and that means it was a busy day at Canucks Army. We podcasted with Kevin Woodley and Elliotte Friedman, we touched on the San Jose-Vancouver series being snubbed by CBC, I self-flaggelated over for some weak preseason prognosticating regarding Vancouver's goal totals this season, argued that playing Andrew Ebbett over Jordan Schroeder doesn't make much sense, and delved into the reasons why Jason Garrison should play on Vancouver's top power-play unit.
We also introduced the Nation Network's NHL Playoff Pick'Em Contest: Streak Cred, which you should totally get in on since it supports a couple of good causes, will be an awful lot of fun to play over the next couple of months, and gives you an opportunity to win some great prizes (including a trip for two to attend Oktoberfest in Bavaria).
Click past the jump for more Canucks news and other tidbits.
April 29 2013 04:03PM
Have you received positive reviews at work lately? Perhaps a supervisor or boss commended you for "excellent use of time around the office" or a "focus on efficiency?" Well throw that attitude out the window friends. It's time to waste some time during the playoffs. Some serious time. I'm talkin' bout StreakCred - the Nation Network Playoff Game.
Curious? Of course you are. Who wants to climb the corporate ladder anyway? AMIRITE?*