Shawn Matthias Just Scores Goals

Rhys Jessop
March 08 2015 03:12PM

The mythical "power forward" is a player coveted by every NHL fan base - a huge guy that can hit, skate, score goals, and bull rush his way through opposing defenses. Vancouver has long clamored that the Canucks find this guy somewhere, and after scoring at a pace that would give him roughly 21 goals over an 82-game regular season in largely a 3rd line role, it looks like the Canucks have found their guy in Shawn Matthias.

We've seen that Matthias can skate, and we've seen that Matthias can play a power game, and he's scored goals this season too. But when a career 10-goal guy becomes a 20-goal guy, we should be suspicious. Is Matthias really a burgeoning power winger just finding his stride? Or are we all being fooled by random variance and a sky-high shooting percentage? And just how much money does the pending UFA deserve? We investigate after the jump.

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Canucks Army Postgame: The Pacific's Top Predator

Rhys Jessop
March 07 2015 11:47PM

After faltering in the desert, Vancouver came in to San Jose looking for a significantly better effort against a Sharks team that has struggled at home of late. Well, the effort was much better, and the results were better, but the process left a hell of a lot to be desired, as some lucky breaks coupled with the heroics of Radim Vrbata, Bo Horvat, and Eddie Lack lifted the Canucks to a much-needed 3-2 win over their division rivals.

Read past the jump for a recap of tonight's performance.

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Hockey Graphs Podcast Episode 8: Deadline Dealings

Rhys Jessop
March 07 2015 05:55PM

Hockey Graphs Podcast 2

Between their usual ramblings, Garret and Rhys somehow find time to discuss Monday's NHL trade deadline. Join us after the jump to listen!

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Canucks Army GDT #65 - Canucks @ Sharks

J.D. Burke
March 07 2015 03:29PM

Losers in three of their last four contests, the Vancouver Canucks will look to return to the win column with a trip to the SAP Center against the resurgent San Jose Sharks. While February was a rough month for the Sharks, they've turned the corner in March with consecutive victories over the Montreal Canadiens and most recently Vancouver, with a combined score of 10-2. Vancouver currently has a four-point lead on San Jose, and with a victory tonight they could all but place the Sharks in the furthest reaches of their rear view mirror with a victory tonight.

Read past the jump for a preview of tonight's game.

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Nation World HQ
March 07 2015 08:00AM


It's Saturday, and that means it's time for another round table known as the Pacific War Room. What is the Pacific War Room? Each week, the heroes at the Royal Half compile the week that was with hot takes from the best and brightest bloggers from around the Pacific Division. These are those hot takes. Enjoy.

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