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.
April 28 2013 10:21AM
Alright dudes, we finished outside the bottom-5! Can't wait for summer vacation and a standing O from the fans!
Photo by John Ulan/NHLI via Getty Images
The playoff matchups are set and the Canucks will face a very good hockey team in the San Jose Sharks in their first round series this week. It promises to be a good one, partly because it'll feature a Canucks team that doesn't play the likes of Derek Joslin and Cam Barker for nearly twenty-minutes a game. On Saturday night, the Canucks did just that and were stomped by the Edmonton Oilers in a really ugly five minute span. Last month in Edmonton that span came right at the start of the game, and on Saturday night it came right at the end. As the Canucks advance to the playoffs, perhaps we should be happy that they won't face the young Oilers in Edmonton exclusively on Hockey Night in Canada in the first round...
Read past the jump for scoring chance data and some analysis.
April 27 2013 12:28PM
Photo Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
The Oilers, fresh off of pantsing the living hell out of the somehow playoff bound Minnesota Wild on Friday and killing the dream of a Canucks first round bye, will look to finish another disappointing season off on a winning note. The Canucks meanwhile, have a final opportunity to tune up for the postseason and also another opportunity for a key player to go down with an injury. I know for sure that there will be a number of fatalistic Canucks fans watching Saturday's contest whilst holding their breath...
Read past the jump.
April 27 2013 08:49AM
Ok, maybe they aren't actually laughing at you, but that's only because they feel sorry for you. Look, Columbus, I'm all for joking around and having a little fun, but this #lumbus thing has got to stop.
Not only is it dumb, demeaning, childish and dumb, but it's also a subtle, ironic poke at your general ineptitude. Did I mention that it's dumb?
Seriously, club this one to death with a rock and put yourself out of your misery. It's for your own good.
April 26 2013 07:11PM
The team acknowledges the fans following the final home game of the regular season.
Photograph by Jeff Vinnick NHLI/Getty
On a wonderful Friday at CanucksArmy (wonderful because it's Friday and the sun in shining, not necessarily because of the content) we recapped last night's Canucks loss to the depleted Anaheim Ducks, looked at which games this weekend would impact Vancouver's first round playoff opponent, examined three tough tactical choices facing the Canucks coaching staff in advance of the postseason and Jordan Clarke ran through his "Canucks Week in Quips" for a final time this regular season.
More Canucks news, and references to POONERMAN and his accomplice CAMBARKERFAN after the jump.