Game #60 Preview - Clashville of the Titans

Cam Davie
February 21 2012 09:20AM


Super dreamy Alex Edler scores the shootout winner against Pekka Rinne in their last game in Nashville.
It's safe to say that Canucks fans have had enough of the shootout though.
(Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

Game Day Recon: Game #60 - Canucks @ Predators

I'm sure the stat-nerds would love to tell you that the Nashville Predators, based on their awful possession numbers, are outstaying their welcome in the hunt for home-ice advantage. But the fact remains that the Preds have already functionally guaranteed themselves a playoff spot, and are a legit powerhouse in the Western Conference. They score goals, they have an enviable defence and one of the best goalies in the league. While it seems like it should be a given to simply write off the Predators, they're a leading team in the West, playing in an insanely tough division.

And the Vancouver Canucks should be worried about tonight's game, because the Preds have proven that they are legit. 

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A Mystery Solved

Jonathan Willis
February 20 2012 08:01PM

In the summer of 2001, the Vancouver Canucks were a team on the rise. They’d made the playoffs in 2000-01 for the first time since the mid-1990’s, and things were looking up. The team’s major question mark was in net, where Dan Cloutier was unproven as a starting goaltender and no backup goalie was in place. At that fall’s waiver draft, general manager Brian Burke addressed the backup goalie position, claiming minor-league veteran Martin Brochu, a decision that many questioned at the time. Why did Burke enter the season with an unproven backup behind an unproven starter?

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Headshots February 20th

Cam Davie
February 20 2012 03:13PM


A Boba Fett Canucks mask?! Uh..... AWESOME!
Sorry, nerds, the bidding has ended. It sold for $150!
(Photo via ebay)

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, produced a tribute video or birthed a clever .gif into existence - please e-mail Thom at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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Manny Malhotra centres the "first checking line"

Cam Charron
February 20 2012 12:56PM

 

For the last couple of weeks, I have been very interested in Alain Vigneault's utilization of fourth line centreman Manny Malhotra. The hope is that eventually the mainstream writers and reporters in this town will hop on to the fact that he starts shifts in the defensive zone at a higher rate than any player since the start of the BehindTheNet era (2007-08) and it's very likely that he ranks as one of the highest in the history of the league.

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Alex Burrows' 500th NHL Game

Jeff Paterson
February 20 2012 11:26AM

Tuesday night in Nashville, Alex Burrows will play his 500th National Hockey League game. It’s a remarkable achievement for a guy many felt would never get the chance to play that first one. His story of perseverance is well-documented and doesn’t need to be retraced in this space. Just know that seven seasons ago, Burrows was toiling for the Columbia Inferno of the ECHL and now he skates on one of the top lines in hockey. Nothing in his hockey life has come easily and it’s interesting to look back now at the way his career with the Canucks has unfolded.

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