January 26 2014 11:19PM
Really, I have no idea how to describe Vancouver's 5-4 overtime win against Phoenix in any way that isn't a series on nonsensical grunts and surprised-sounding noises. Vancouver was badly outshot, but carried a lot of the possession. Antoine Vermette scored on one of his shots, but registered a hat-trick. Mike Smith did Mike Smith things.
Really though, the powerplay reached a season low-point, which is saying something considering that its prevailing ineptitude in January was quite a low point on its own. The Canucks were out-shot and out-scored on their own powerplays, but still managed to come away with a victory because hockey is stupid sometimes.
Zac Dalpe was one of Vancouver's best players for god sakes. It was that type of night.
January 26 2014 04:03PM
That wonderful video is courtesy of Paul Almeida and it pretty much sums up everything wrong with the Canucks powerplay right now: they're generating a lot of shots, they can't score on any of their shots, and Dan Hamhuis is on it. Now, we're big Dan Hamhuis fans here on Canucks Army, but the simple fact of the matter is that Vancouver is better off having literally anybody on the powerplay in place of Hamhuis at the moment. The good news is that it looks like Mike & Gully have heeded our desperate pleas ahead of tonight's game against the Phoenix Coyotes and have taken Hamhuis and Kevin Bieksa off the first unit powerplay in favour of Jason Garrison and Yannick Weber.
The bad news is that this comes at the expense of David Booth.
Now, I can hear some of you snickering right now. "David Booth!?" you may say. "What the hell good is David Booth!?" you may say. Well, David Booth is absolutely a useful player, and benching him, especially in light of recent injuries and scoring woes, is an insane move. We'll get into why after the break.
January 26 2014 02:42PM
The great thing about Twitter - well, other than being the wonderful source of entertainment and information that it is - is the fact that it provides you with an opportunity to take in sports spectacles with a wide array of different individuals that you otherwise would never have been exposed to. It can be frustrating at times, but for the most part it enhances the viewing experience.
Two particular instances of this have come within the past 2 weeks; Tom Sestito's debut in the team's top 6 and 1st unit PP v. the Ducks (ultimately climaxing when he scored a PPG) and the Canucks/Kings fight night were two memorable moments for me personally, that were significantly augmented by exposed to the endless list of jokes online.
I don't know about you but I enjoy the feeling of being a part of something, and the tightly knit online hockey community is just that. On Wednesday, January 29th we've been presented with an opportunity to take our collective relationship to the next level as the official watering hole of Canucks Army is kindly hosting a viewing party for us.
Read on past the jump to find out what you need to do to make sure you're there. And I assure you, you'll want to be there; we've got an assortment of fun prizes and gifts to give away to you guys, as if we needed to sweeten the pot beyond hanging out, and drinking beer while watching the Canucks take on the Blackhawks.
January 24 2014 11:35AM
A video depiction of Vinny Prospal's reaction last night. [GIF via The Stanchion]
"I'm out!", is what Vinny Prospal was probably thinking after finishing up his PVR recording of last night's Canucks/Perds game. If you watched that game and thought to yourself, "you know what, this team is just one 39-year old winger away!" then I don't know what to tell you (except to ask you what you're on, because I want some!).
Less than 24 hours following the announcement that Prospal was signing a PTO with the Utica Comets, he has apparently reneged. Right now all that's being reported is that he had some time to think on it some more, and speak with his family, and that's how he came to his final decision. I'm thinking he did some Googling ("Abbotsford", "Utica".. no thanks..)
January 24 2014 12:07AM
Paul Gaustad is a large human. Image via Justin Bourne .
The Nashville Predators came to town with the 3rd worst 5-on-5 save percentage in the entire league, the 5th worst 5-on-5 possession numbers, and seem to have had a tough time preventing the Canucks from scoring on them in recent years. So that would seem to be the perfect remedy for Vancouver's recent offensives woes, right? Well, if you're a cynical Canucks fan like me, there's no way you read a lede like that and went "Yeah!" So good for you. Also, you probably watched the game so you know the answer already.
If you didn't watch the game, the Canucks couldn't score a powerplay goal again, only managed one even strength goal again, and now have just eight goals in their last seven games, just like the 2011 Sta-- sorry, I won't go there. Tonight's 2-1 loss to Nashville wasn't nearly that painful, but it was still frustrating. Read past the jump for a recap.