Canucks' power play needs to disrupt the box

Patrick Johnston
April 13 2012 02:28PM


Alex Burrows is open. Get him the puck!

Two major problems from Wednesday: the Canucks were dominated in the slot at even strength and they also lost the powerplay battle. The Canucks' struggles with the man advantage have been evident for some time, but one thing stood out in Game 1: they aren't doing enough to penetrate the Kings' defensive structure.

Read on past the jump.

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Western Conference Quarter Final Game 2 Preview

Cam Davie
April 13 2012 11:45AM


(Header courtesy theyslayedthedragon)

It didn't take long for Canucks fans to hit the panic button. Ah, the playoffs. When a single loss moves this city and the Canucks fanbase to complete an utter dispair, and a single win drives them to sheer elation. Thank goodness Canucks fans aren't prone to outrageously overreacting to things.

Despite the eye-ball test of Game 1, where the Canucks looked like they were severely under the gun for the entire game, it wasn't all that bad by the underlying numbers. In fact, despite the result, there was plenty about which to be encouraged. The club's ultimate undoing was entirely their own, easily correctable fault.

So the question is... can they correct it?

Click past the jump for the underlying numbers, key performers and more detailed game information.

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Cory Schneider Abandons his Usual Tact, Mocks Edmonton

Thomas Drance
April 13 2012 10:42AM

Throughout the past two seasons Cory Schneider has repeatedly proven to be exceptionally skilled with his use of words. When you think about it, this skill has been essential to him, after all he occupies a highly flammable position in the Vancouver sports market. Just one tone-deaf Schneider quote could bring a chorus of boo's down on already embattled starter Roberto Luongo. Certainly Schneider is popular enough, especially among certain segments of Canucks fans, that if he came out and said something even indirectly referencing the idea that he "should be the starter" all hell would break loose on the Team 1040's call-in shows.

Schneider is something of a chameleon, really. He's Boston born, but he plays for the Canucks, and if the alleged actions of his Massachusetts born girlfriend Jill are any indication, he's very loyal towards his first professional team. He can impersonate any Canucks roster player or coach with aplomb and he can talk politics without hitting a single wrong note. We've said it before, but Schneider has a politicians understanding of "messaging" and so it was a surprise to hear that yesterday, he took an all-out, tactless (albeit highly accurate and amusing) shot at one of the Canucks most moribund divisional "rivals": the Edmonton Oilers

Read past the jump for more!

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Nation Network Hockey Pool: The Winners

Jonathan Willis
April 13 2012 09:14AM

For the first time in the history of this contest, we're going to update exactly when we said we were. Today, we present the winners of this year's Nation Network Hockey Pool.

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Game Two Adjustments

Jeff Angus
April 13 2012 09:07AM

The Canucks were thoroughly outclassed in game one by a bigger, more physical, and much more disciplined Kings squad. Thankfully the series is a best-of-seven and not a best-of-one. The Canucks are in a hole, but they've got time to stem the tide and there were some bright spots on Wednesday (Jannik Hansen was sensational, as was Roberto Luongo). But there are also a number of issues to iron out if the team hopes to level the series before heading to Los Angeles on the weekend.

Read past the jump to find out what they are.

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