January 31 2014 10:43PM
Great teams have Michael Frolik on the fourth line, Andrew Ladd on the third, and play Dustin Byfuglien as a complimentary forward. Mediocre teams have Andrew Ladd and Michael Frolik on their first line, and lean on Dustin Byfuglien as their promary offensive weapon. Bad teams lose to teams who employ Frolik, Ladd and Byfuglien in major roles. Tonight, as with most nights of late, the Canucks were a bad team.
They were thoroughly out-played by a streaking but still below average Winnipeg Jets team, hemmhoraging scoring chances like a hemophiliac at a Gillette factory, and ultimately losing 4-3 on a late goal by Devin Setoguchi. And if things weren't bad enough, Vancouver lost yet another defenseman to injury. Read past the jump for a recap of tonight's events.
January 31 2014 03:35PM
It's been nearly 18 years since the Canucks last touched down in Winnipeg to play an NHL game, and the last time they did, they faced off against a Winnipeg team that included a young Teemu Selanne, Nikolai Khabibulin and Shane Doan. Suffice to say that a lot (read: everything) has changed since then, except for the fact that the Jets are still painfully mediocre. Then again, so are the Canucks.
Speaking of mediocrity, Vancouver is 7-9-4 in the past 20 games and just 3 points up on Phoenix for the final Wild Card spot. They need a win tonight, and they'll have to do it against some old acquaintances: Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien, and Dustin Byfuglien's ass.
January 31 2014 08:23AM
The Vancouver Giants have hit a rough patch of late, dropping 5 of their last 10 games for their worst stretch since early October. Not coincidentally, injuries to Dalton Thrower and Jared Rathjen have left their mark as Vancouver has struggled to keep pucks out of their own net and control the puck at their traditionally strong rates. Read past the jump for a look at Vancouver's recent struggles, and how the post-trade deadline WHL is shaping up.
January 30 2014 11:00PM
Long live Sestito! [Image via The Province]
First of all, I’d like to thank everyone involved in last night’s festivities at The Pint. Quite frankly the agonizing headache and malaise of today might suggest I had too much fun, but hey, you gotta live, right? Back to Canuckistan and the real world, there was no shortage of news from today; unfortunately though not much of it was good.
Think the last month has been bad as a Canucks fan? Not sure if it’s possible, but things could get worse. And you’ll probably be thinking the same thing, once you get to all these fine links, after the jump.
January 30 2014 05:15PM
Pictured above is the most important member of the Canucks, Mike Burnstein.
The Vancouver Canucks once again lost last night, after a rapid flurry by the Blackhawks proved to be too much to overcome. If you were one of the however many people that was able to make it out to The Pint for our viewing party, all of the other festivities surrounding the game hopefully dampened the blow of another relatively meek loss. Judging from the mood in the room I don't think anyone really carried the loss with them, allowing it to ruin their night [more on this later].
But as is usually the case with every fun night, the following morning provides some challenges. After you finally gather the energy to get up and evaluate the landscape, all you can do is hope that the damage is manageable. In the case of the Canucks, the hangover is of the mean variety this morning, as there's some more bad news on the injury front. Why did the party have to end?