February 07 2012 10:49PM
Bitz and the twins celebrate the Canucks third goal... Wait, the twins and who?
On Tuesday night, the Canucks and the Predators continued a recent trend of playing strange, high-scoring games against each other. The Canucks jumped out to an early lead thanks to a power-play goal from Kesler, followed by goals from Byron Bitz and Daniel Sedin (set up by Byron Bitz just twenty-three seconds after Bitz's goal). We'll now take a brief musical interlude:
"And the man at the back said Everyone attack and it turned into a Byyyron Bitz. And the girl in the corner said Boy, I wanna warn ya, it'll turn into a Byyyron Bitz! Byyyyyyron Bitz."
Anyway, back to our gamer, the Predators got two ugly goals in the second and tied the game up. One of their goals came off of the skate of Sergei Kostitsyn, and the second was a puck that Mike Fisher deflected, Luongo stopped, and then kicked into his own net. It was the sort of goal that the Predators specialize in scoring against Luongo: totally unrepeatable fluke goals that make Vancouver's star goaltender look silly. At least that one wasn't a bank-shot from below the goal line!
In the third period the Canucks finally took over a hockey game for the first time in weeks! They handily out-chanced the Predators in the frame, and while they were unable to solve Rinne, it was nice to see Vancouver's hockey club return to something resembling the form fans of the team are used to. In the shootout Luongo stopped five of six Predators shooters, allowing the Canucks to overcome 2 hit posts (by Hodgson and Daniel Sedin) in the skills competition. The bonus point from tonight's contest puts the team just one game back of the Red Wings for first in the West with one game in hand.
A more detailed recap, chance data and the statistical three stars after the jump!
February 07 2012 02:57PM
Raymond played his 300th game Saturday, Matthew Henderson made an infograph for the milestone.
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February 07 2012 12:12PM
The... Canucks... Lines... Chopped... And... Screwed.
It is becoming obvious that the Canucks have become Hamlet. First of all, they're being visited by the ghost of Tebow. Secondly, with Jannik Hansen struggling, something is rotten in the state of Denmark; and now, apparently, Alain Vigneault has gone mad. According to Botch, here's what the lines looked like at practice:
D. Sedin - Kesler - Burrows
Bitz - Henrik - Raymond
Booth - Hodgson - Hansen
Malhotra - Lapierre - Weise
Indisputably, that's pretty weird. But while Vigneault catches a lot of flack in the Vancouver market for some of his seemingly absurd roster moves, to his credit: he's willing to make ballsy decisions, and is cheeky about the over-wrought reactions some of his line combinations engender.
Read on past the jump!
February 07 2012 11:08AM
In their last trip to Nashville, the Canucks did a little do-si-do into the Western Conference Final,
thanks entirely to Ryan Kesler. Does Kes still have some Music City Magic left in him?
(Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
Game Day Recon: Game #53 - Canucks @ Predators
The Vancouver Canucks return to Nashville for the first time since dispatching the Predators from the second round of the playoffs. The Predators have gone through a bit of a transformation this year, lighting the lamp like never before. Meanwhile the Canucks have been coasting on minimal effort of late, yet are still managing to win games and pick up points. Will the Predators' change in philosophy be enough to knock the Canucks down a peg? Or can the Canucks stumble their way to victory again?
February 06 2012 09:09PM
Those who closely follow the Canucks have been aware that the team is on a pretty brutal slide lately. Since the game in Boston, the Canucks have been a below average possession team, earning just 37.6% of the score-tied shots,40% of the score-tied Fenwick events and 43.7% of the score-tied Corsi events. Anybody paying attention to the scoring chance data here at Canucks Army has probably noticed a similar effect there.