October 27 2011 09:55AM
The Canucks were doing a whole LOT of this last night: CHASING THE PUCK.
And they have a new Canuck Killer on their hands - Alex Steen.
(Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
We're now 10 games into the Vancouver Canucks' season, and one thing has become clear to me: the Canucks have mastered the art of phoning it in.
Whether the man in net is the much-maligned Roberto Luongo or the golden-boy Cory Schneider, the Canucks effort level when starting games has stayed at 0 with no signs of increasing. Last night, their disinterest was on full display from start to finish, and the Canucks biggest problem lies with their best players.
October 27 2011 08:17AM
I've noticed some Canucks fans have begun asking for individual goal songs for when a particular player scores. This seems like a fun idea, yet another way for the NHL to interact with the fans to help promote an exciting atmosphere. Which is why everyone in the NHL, of course, says no. The Canucks in particular claim it is a team game, and to single out a player with an individual goal song would be counter productive to this ideal.
October 26 2011 02:45PM
Cody Hodgson imitates the face I make when I read yet another "Canucks goaltending controversy" take.
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October 26 2011 02:11PM
The Vancouver Canucks play the St. Louis Blues tonight for the first of four regular season meetings. There is otherwise nothing special about this hockey game: It's a mid-week game, will be a rare Wednesday night match-up that isnt broadcast nationally, and the hype going into the game has nothing to do with the opponent.
We all remember the 7-game series that the two team's played in 1995, highlighted by Canuck captain Trevor Linden checking Jeff Norton through the glass—and punctuated by Kirk McLean's 41-save performance in Game Seven.
October 26 2011 01:11PM
At the 24 minute mark of last night's 3-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, with the game beginning to get out of hand, Alain Vigneault juggled the team's defensive pairings. To start the season Alain Vigneault deployed his defense the way we all expected, but over the last week, the Canucks head-coach changed-up and radically altered his handling of the team's blueliners. Let's take a closer look at the likely reasons behind this, how effective these pairings have been, and whether or not we can expect last week's deployment-pattern to continue.