March 03 2011 07:05PM
Nashville Predators @ Vancouver Canucks
7:00 PM PST
|2.44 (28th)||Goals/Game||3.23 (3rd)|
|2.33 (3rd)||Goals Against/Game||2.28 (2nd)|
|15% (27th)||PP||24.5% (2nd)|
|85.5% (4th)||PK||85.9% (2nd)|
March 03 2011 11:17AM
It has been a busy week in Canuckistan. On Sunday, the team hosted super-skills, and a curious twitter controversy erupted over media independence; on Monday – Gillis acquired reinforcements just before the deadline; on Tuesday – ghastly superimposed ads appeared behind the glass – sending fans into paroxysms of general annoyance. Ironically, the least exciting part of last week was Tuesday nights game...
March 03 2011 10:36AM
Canucks take on former teammate and Roxy Hall-of-Famer Shane O'Brien
Game Day Recon #65 - Predators @ Canucks
The Vancouver Canucks have hit a pretty big lull in their play. They've alternated wins and losses in 11 straight games. They've looked disinterested in many of those games, even those that they've won. They're having difficulties scoring. Luckily for the Canucks, they built up a cushion at the top of the conference such that they can weather this storm.
The Canucks face the Nashville Predators tonight, a team facing a similar swoon and scoring problems of late.
The difference? The Preds are picking the wrong time to falter, as they begin the fight for a playoff spot in the tight Western Conference.
March 01 2011 10:41AM
I bet Kesler and Umberger went out for beers last night.
Game Day Recon #64 - Blue Jackets @ Canucks
The Vancouver Canucks need to keep an unfortunate streak going, as they look to get back in the win column. The Canucks have traded wins and losses for 10 games, and are currently on the down swing. However, the Canucks hope that at least one of the their trade deadline acquisitions will inject some life and spark into the lineup right away.
February 28 2011 07:42PM
Gillis at the Deadline:
This wasn't Mike Gillis' first trade deadline as an NHL GM, but it was certainly his most revealing. In 2009, Gillis stood pat – Sundin had been his big midseason acquisition and Gillis was still restocking a feeder system left atrophied by the Burke/Nonis regime. (*) In 2010, Gillis had more pieces to play with; early in the day he moved disgruntled former client Mathieu Schneider, and swapped AHLers with St. Louis. In his biggest splash of the day – the word “splash” being applied generously in this case – Gillis exchanged a third rounder with Jim Rutherford for Andrew Alberts right at the deadline. Though it's a small sample size, there is a pattern that corroborates two things Gillis often reiterates to fans and the media – he prefers not to make large deals at the trade deadline, though he is comfortable waiting to the last minute, or as he ironically calls it: “working to a deadline.”