March 31 2014 12:22PM
In what has essentially been a lost season - be it self-inflicted, or by injuries, or some sort of combination of everything - the Vancouver Canucks and their increasingly disinterested fanbase now find themselves struggling to grasp at straws for some semblance of a silver lining to close out the 2013-14 campaign.
Having plummeted from the middle of the Western Conference’s pack, where the playoffs seemed in reach, to the dregs and halfway back again, the Canucks are now left in no man’s land. They find themselves with less than a 0.5% chance of making the playoffs, according to www.SportsClubStats.com.
Conversely, the Canucks sudden bout of regression and emergence from PDO-Hell have moved them further from the draft lottery than most fans would like (and have been hoping ever since the playoffs started to slip away). In short: this club is inching dangerously close to entering full-Calgary Flames territory. You never want to go full-Calgary Flames.
But as is always the case, we here at Canucks Army try our very best to avoid catering to the alarmist sensibilities of the petulant section of fans. And in doing so, today I will try to bring three ways for the Canucks to get something out of these final six games. It's not much, but it's something..
March 30 2014 12:20AM
Hey, at least it wasn't 9-1.
March 29 2014 02:23PM
Image via Earl Sleek
In theory, the Anaheim Ducks are hardly the fearsome opponent that they'd appear to be on paper based on their sparkling 47-18-8 record this season. They've been a prime regression candidate (much like Vancouver's most recent opponent) for a while now, and it appears to be starting to catch up to them.
They've won just 5 of their 12 games in March, with a handful of performances ranging from uninspiring to downright worrisome mixed in there. Heck, they just most recently had all sorts of difficulties with their swing through the province of Alberta, which isn't exactly known for its stellar hockey product these days.
But for whatever reason they appear to be a team that gives these Vancouver Canucks all sorts of fits this year, having beaten them all 3 times they've faced off. It's not so much that they've won all of those meetings, though. Moreso it's that they've humbled them in a bad way; including both a 9-1 rout and the worst possession game of the season for the Canucks.
Fourth time's the charm? I mean, at this point basically just showing up to the arena would be an improvement on their past showings against the Ducks in 2014 to-date.
March 28 2014 03:38PM
Generally, my list of Facebook friends is different than the list of people I interact with online. It's made up of college bros and girls I used to flirt with, the common thread being that I had enough real-life interaction with them to be generally curious about their new jobs, new cities and vacation plans.
These Facebook friends, generally scattered across British Columbia but contained within Vancouver and Kamloops, aren't into hockey like I'm into hockey. Even in my periods of disinterest from the NHL, I still check scores and scorers. I check my Fantasy teams every night. I'm interested in which junior hockey player I'd interviewed once years ago is finally making his NHL debut. The friends I went to high school and university with are not like that. Events were made out of watching Canucks games and finals games, but there's not enough interest in what the Philadelphias and Tampa Bays of the world are doing for me to have legitimate hockey discussions with these friends where I'll learn something.
March 28 2014 11:01AM
Image courtesy of @VanCanucks
It's been an exciting week for Canucks prospects. While the Canucks are trying to drag themselves out of a good draft pick, their prospects in the AHL are fighting to bring the Comets to the post season (and have a good chance of doing so), and the guys down in the Major Junior are sweeping series. Things are happening.
As always, feel free to follow me on Twitter @nuckprospects for the latest in prospect news. You're more than welcome to send me any feedback on anything prospect related you wish for me to cover in the future.