January 29 2015 11:00AM
Given all the chatter surrounding the Canucks and Bruins making a potential deal, it seems like a foregone conclusion that something is going to happen between these two teams before the trade deadline. We know that Canucks management isn't a fan of Zack Kassian, we know that Vancouver needs help on their left side D, and we know that Boston Bruins left side D Matt Bartkowski has been struggling for ice time in Boston and has ties to the Canucks organization. Putting two and two together, it seems like the heavy flirting between the Canucks and Bruins will eventually amount to a Kassian-for-Bartkowski swap, perhaps with some other stuff thrown in.
So let's just get out ahead of this right now, what the heck is a "Matt Bartkowski"? Is it better than Zack Kassian? How will it help the Canucks? Read past the jump to find out.
January 29 2015 09:30AM
Welcome to a mid-week favourite feature here on Canucks Army and all sites on the Nation Network: What Would You Do Thursday, where we put you, yes YOU, in charge of your own imaginary Vancouver Canucks. We'll present you with a different scenario each week, and you tell us how you'd solve it in the comments section below. Give props to the answers you do like and trash the ones you don't. Easy! So let's get started:
January 28 2015 01:00PM
With the Canucks having played their 46th game last night, we are over halfway through the NHL season and approaching the home stretch. Since 41 games is a good benchmark, we can use this point to analyze how Vancouver has been playing and what specific things have been going their favour, and what's been going against them.
One thing that we cannot predict in hockey is luck. Luck plays such a large role in determining the outcome of games to the point that the NHL is identical to a league where only 28% of the games are determined by the better team winning and the remaining 72% of games are a coin-flip. This should come as no surprise, otherwise you would see teams like Buffalo win-less and the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings of the world virtually undefeated.
But what is luck? People tend to think of it as a vague, undefined, superstitious entity, but rather "luck" is everything that is outside of a players' control. Things like injuries, being subjected to variances in shooting percentages, or referees making bad or ill-timed calls are all included in "luck."
Continue past the jump to see how luck has been helping the Canucks this season.
January 28 2015 09:30AM
Welcome back to another week where we review the progress of all of Vancouver's prospects. It's been a fairly busy week for the CHL prospects as they have been playing every other day while the better prospects continue to produce. In other leagues the injury bug is starting to hit as players are no starting to miss games.
Read past the jump for all your news and prospects stats.
January 27 2015 11:37PM
Whoa, Canucks were so bad there's a military coup under way pic.twitter.com/Taaq6oOBTb— petbugs (@petbugs13) January 28, 2015
Facing the leading horse in the Presidents' Trophy race is hardly what I'd call easing back into the routine. With the Anaheim Ducks winners of seven of their last eight, this is doubly true. Making matters worse, the Vancouver Canucks did little to help their cause. Poor goaltending, worse decision making and bad penalties crippled the Canucks early and their inability to generate anything offensively drove the final nails in their coffin. When it was all said and done, the disinterested Canucks dropped tonight's contest with the Ducks by a score of 4-0.
There's not a lot to chew on, but we'll make the most out of what the Canucks did offer on the other side of the jump. There's serious potential here for more talking points than there were shots for Vancouver in the final two frames, so that's something.