February 05 2015 11:58PM
Hosting a San Jose Sharks club on the second half of back-to-backs - a team that lost just last night to the Calgary Flames - provided the Vancouver Canucks with as good a chance as any to pass their marine-animal competitors in the Pacific Division playoff chase. The Canucks were well rested and had finished their last contest with an offensive surge the likes of which their fans haven't been treated to in months. The stage was set with opportunities aplenty for the Canucks to get back on track in what's been an otherwise uninspiring 2015.
And, oh, how they disappointed. Whether you believe in "momentum" or otherwise, there's no denying what little the Canucks could have hypothetically gained from their last contest failed to carry forward into this one. Their offense inept, their defense permissive and their special teams a complete non-factor, Vancouver limped lifelessly to a 5-1 loss at the hands of their Southern Pacific counterparts. But hey, we did out-hit the Sharks...
All that and more, on the other side of the jump.
Dreger: Canucks interested in Evander Kane, 'would love to bring the hometown kid back to Vancouver'
February 05 2015 06:45PM
Are the chemistry conscious Vancouver Canucks interested in bringing Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane to the west coast of Canada? They should be, but it would be a bit of a surprising move for an organization that has jettisoned a variety of players in the recent past for reasons relating to "character" and off-ice citizenship.
Those concerns might not be enough to dissuade Vancouver when it comes to Kane. In fact they're reportedly very interested in pursuing the embattled Jets power forward, according to TSN's Darren Dreger. Unfortunately, they're not alone.
Read past the jump for more.
February 05 2015 05:00PM
Boy, there sure has been a lot of talk about Zack Kassian the last few days. We've gone from Zack talking to the media after being told he would be scratched on Tuesday, to Canucks head coach, Willie Desjardins, talking to Warren Rychel, the co-owner of Kassian's Memorial Cup winning team, the Windsor Spitfires.
But despite all the talking, there's still no game action for Kassian, as it has just come out that he will once again be scratched for tonight's game against the Sharks.
Oooh, boy. Next thing you know, he's going to show up at the rink in a track suit...
February 05 2015 02:55PM
Whether or not he opts to have surgery or is dealt to another team, it seems like Winnipeg Jets forward, former Vancouver Giant and local kid Evander Kane has played his last game in a Jets uniform.
The situation is complicated and got even more complicated with news breaking on Thursday that Kane failed to report to Tuesday night's game in Vancouver following an incident with teammates.
From a Vancouver Canucks perspective, acquiring Kane would be difficult even if the club did have interest (which is far from clear). If the Jets are selling though, the Canucks have to be in on the bidding.
Let's get into why.
February 05 2015 01:13PM
For the second time this week, the Vancouver Canucks play host to a visiting team on the second half of a road back-to-back, and for the second time this week, their opponent has dropped a game to the Calgary Flames the night prior. Tonight's foe, the San Jose Sharks, have been struggling to gain their usual footing in the Pacific this season, and sit just two points ahead of Vancouver for 3rd in the division.
Read past the jump for a preview of tonight's contest.