January 03 2014 12:02PM
Video courtesy CanucksTV
Yesterday we took a glance around the league and looked at how 15 former Canucks forwards were performing. Though there were a few useful pieces scattered between St. Louis and Long Island, and a couple of other quality depth players in Toronto, San Jose and Dallas, overall the team hasn't lost too much of value upfront over the past few years.
It's a different story along the blue-line, where the Canucks have seen a steady outflow of talent over the years. We'll catch up with some former Canucks defenseman after the jump.
January 03 2014 10:39AM
Monte Carlo simulations are a really fun and interesting way to make predictions in just about anything, and this can be applied to many fields including hockey. Many different websites and experts use Monte Carlos to make predictions in hockey to determine final standings and points of teams. In this experiment, I create my own Monte Carlo to see if I can make similar prediction with reasonable outcomes. I then apply this method to the Vancouver Canucks and the Canadian teams in general.
To read learn more on my method, continue past the jump:
January 02 2014 12:46PM
The one that got away!
Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons
At the very outset of every calender year the ubiquitous New Years anthem "Auld Lang Syne" beckons us, rhetorically, to remember old friendships: "May old acquaintance be forgot and never come to mind?"
With the New Year now upon us and with Sami Salo having been fondly welcomed back to Rogers Arena on Wednesday night, we figured we'd heed that age old call from Robbie Burns and take a brief look at how ex-Canucks skaters are performing around the league this season.
We'll do it as a series, actually, with a post today on ex-Canucks forward and then another post on ex-Canucks defensemen and goaltenders tomorrow. Read on past the jump.
January 02 2014 10:51AM
Image via @CrownRoyal22
Reading some of the postgame quotes you'd think that Wednesday night's lackluster effort v. the Lightning was something we'd become accustomed to seeing as part of a worrying trend, rather than an aberration. But with a 10-1-2 month of December in the rearview mirror, I think it's fair to say it's far more of the latter than the former, and we should take this performance for what it is: an outlier more than anything else.
After losing a game a few days ago in which they had really deserved a better fate v. the Flyers, the right team won this time around. John Tortorella hit the nail right on the head when he said the following, "that's a team effort. It is probably our worst game of the year. We deserved to lose that one and we did.”
You sure did, Torts. Read on past the jump for a deeper look at what went wrong.
January 01 2014 01:53PM
Happy New Year, everyone. Hope you all had a good night, stayed safe, have spent this morning hydrating properly, and are ready for some hockey tonight.
There's only one game left on the slate for the first day of 2014 - with all of the Winter Classic festivites finally coming to an end - and it's the Canucks taking on their bitter rival in the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Okay, fine, it may not seem like the most riveting matchup on paper (especially considering the sole reason people circled this game on their calendars when the schedule came out, Steven Stamkos, isn't even playing), but the Lightning are actually playing some fine hockey these days and really intrigue me as a fan of the game, personally.
Read on past the jump for a quick preview.