March 10 2012 12:13PM
Walking past the rich history of horrendous Vancouver sweaters, Roberto Luongo
takes on his hometown Habs tonight - a team with an ACTUAL history of winning.
Just, uh, not lately.
(Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
Game Day Recon: Game #69 - Canadiens @ Canucks
The Vancouver Canucks are mired in the doldrums of their regular season. With so little on the line right now for the team (the Northwest Division crown is all but guaranteed, and they've got a sizable lead on whoever wins the Pacific) they're playing for pride. Which, they finally showed some of on Thursday, though it doesn't mean this slump is in the rearview mirror. After all, even when they handily outplayed Winnipeg at home on Thursday, they were still only able to escape with a one-goal win.
Then along comes the woeful Montreal Canadiens. Injured, unlucky, but most awful, the Habs limp into Rogers Arena just trying to play out this regrettable and forgettable season while dreams of Nail Yakupov dance in their head.
With so many Canucks looking to break out of slumps... is THIS finally the game the team finally retrieves their offensive panache?
March 09 2012 03:06PM
Darren Haydar started scoring again. The Wolves started winning again. Funny how that works.
(Photo: Chris Jerina/AHL in Photos)
Wolf Prowl went away for a bit, but now it's back! After a tough finish to February, the Wolves got back to their winning ways this week.
March 09 2012 01:55PM
We know today where the Vancouver Canucks are likely to finish in the Western Conference. They may not technically have clinched the Northwest Division crown at this point, but with an 18-point gap separating them from second-ranked Colorado, that’s simply a formality. They also don’t have a mathematical lock on the first or second spot in the West, but with a 13-point gap between them and the current Pacific Division leader (Dallas), that’s another mere formality.
With so much certainty for the Canucks, who are their likely playoff opponents?
March 09 2012 12:27PM
The Good and the Bad of this past week.
It's Friday. So we close out the "Week That Was" with our latest volume of... "Cheers and Jeers!"
This week, I hold hands in a bike lane with Dave Pratt and You Can Play, while St. Paddy's Day NHL gear and the lack of a Shanaban are so bad they should relocated to Glendale.
March 08 2012 11:33PM
The Vancouver Canucks played the Winnipeg Jets for the first time in 16 years was the storyline coming into this one, although, I do believe they played Atlanta last spring, and Phoenix last week, so I'm not too sure about the factual basis for this one. What I do know, however, is that Winnipeg is an alright team in the playoff race, held back by some shaky goaltending.
That wasn't really on display tonight, however. The Canucks put three past Ondrej Pavelec, one by Ryan Kesler, one by Alex Edler and one by Sammy Pahlsson, but they also took 45 shots on goal and came back from a third period deficit to win 3-2.
For further analysis, Statistical Three Stars, Statistical Three Goats, and scoring chances, click after the jump…