March 08 2013 01:21PM
A sight for sore eyes.
These days people have differing opinions on the state of the Vancouver Canucks. Which is fitting, quite frankly, given the team's topsy turvy performance this year. Some feel obliged to call for coach Alain Vigneault's head once they see lackluster efforts like the one the Canucks submitted against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Others see performances like the one against the Los Angeles Kings, and say to themselves, "hey this makes sense, this is a top-5 possession team!" I'll let you guess which of the two camps I reside in.
Nonetheless, one thing we can all agree on is that this team has had their share of troubles scoring goals of late. Over the past 7 games - a stretch in which they went 2-3-2 - they managed to score 15 goals. Keep in mind that 5 of those came in one game. Now the team sits at 17th in the league in goals/game, a far cry from their top-5 finishes in the past two seasons.
Yesterday, Thomas Drance highlighted the issues on the power play. It also wouldn't hurt their cause if first-line winger Alex Burrows started converting on some of his chances.
Read Past the Jump for More.
March 08 2013 11:52AM
Want to play mediocre hockey in Canucky Thompson's town? Someone has to pay
This is a regular Friday feature combining a healthy mixture of observation, analysis, and foresight on the Vancouver Canucks. If you'd like to get at me about anything covered in this column, follow me on Twitter at @yyjordan and let's start a textual relationship (wink).
March 07 2013 10:52PM
This is the exact moment that Cory Schneider realizes his team has lost to the worst club in the NHL.
(Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)
Over the past week the Canucks have played four games, posting a 1-1-2 record in four games against the San Jose Sharks, the Los Angeles Kings, the Calgary Flames and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Their Sybil-like inconsistency over the past week has been something of a microcosm for their season: they were excellent against Los Angeles and San Jose and pretty damn dreadful while facing AHL-quality goaltending in Calgary this past Sunday. On Thursday night they reprised the subpar form they flashed in Calgary, against the Blue Jackets in Columbus.
There were some bright-spots: Zack Kassian had jump throughout the contest and looks to have left his February doldrums in the past month. Meanwhile Jannik Hansen was involved and impressive (again), and the pairing of Jason Garrison and Dan Hamhuis put on an exhibition in steadiness. But there were more negatives, and those negatives were of the big picture variety. While Cory Schneider continued his average play, Chris Tanev looked not-quite-ready to handle tougher matchups in the top-four. Meanwhile Alex Edler - well - he had a flaming tire fire of an outing. Add it all up and the Canucks weren't good enough to beat the league's worst team.
Read on past the jump for more analysis and scoring chance data.
March 07 2013 04:18PM
Dan Hamhuis and David Booth taking a wiz (out of the play).
Today at Canucks Army we wrote a treatise on Vancouver's power-play struggles and discussed the disappointing returns the Canucks have recouped on the Booth gamble so far. We also put off writing a game preview for too long (I'll admit that I forgot that Columbus is located in the Eastern timezone) so we're going to do a "Game Preview/Headshots mashup" today!
Read on past the jump for that!
March 07 2013 02:33PM
David Booth has no trouble beating defenders. Beating goalies on the other hand...
(Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
David Booth’s tenure with the Canucks has been largely forgettable to date. He has sustained a few injuries, gone through a revolving door of linemates, and suffered from a lack of offensive production.
His underlying numbers (advanced stats) have been pretty good, for the most part, but they have yet to translate into any sustained tangible success (he has a single assist in seven games in 2013). Will Booth break out soon or is he just a shooting% outlier with below average skills for a top-six forward? Is he trade bait? What will the Canucks do with him this summer as they look to cut some salary to fit under the reduced cap?
There are a lot of questions surrounding Booth right now, and not a lot of answers. We'll get into it further after the jump.