November 19 2014 10:00PM
The Canucks never make things easy. With four days rest, all of which I assume was spent ruminating on their last contest against the Arizona Coyotes, it seemed reasonable to expect Vancouver would send the Oilers all they could handle. I'd hardly say they met expectations, but for enough individual sequences they were able to execute a level of dominance over Edmonton that has become commonplace in these match ups. The final, a 5-4 victory for Vancouver, does little to reflect this but counts as a win all the same - Vancouver's fourth of the season over Edmonton.
Perhaps we're all too enamoured with Zack Kassian shenanigans and ensuing silliness that an ordinary hockey game, complete with lead changes and momentum swings, has ceased to excite us when these two teams meet. Maybe we expect more of Vancouver against these perennial basement dwellers and barely scraping out a win in this shootout style game leaves much to be desired?
Whatever the case, the Canucks were great at times, but there's a lot that needs fixing coming out of tonight's match. Results aside, I'll try and touch on this on the other side of the jump
November 19 2014 04:17PM
They call these "trap games." Sometimes, either after a big win when you can have a major let down, or before a big game when you can overlook your opponent, teams can overlook squads well below them in the standings and cough up an otherwise eminently winnable two points.
Well, with Ryan Kesler making his return to Vancouver tomorrow night, you wouldn't be wrong to suspect that the Canucks could overlook a bottom-of-the-standings team that they've owned in the recent past. This would could be a costly mistake though, as the 2014-2015 Edmonton Oilers may legitimately be just as good as the 2014-2015 Vancouver Canucks.
Read past the jump.
November 19 2014 01:40PM
Photo courtesy of Sportsnet.
For some of you, getting your report card was one of the most exciting times of the year. If your grades were good, maybe your parents would give you a little extra allowance to spend, or let you get that video game you wanted. For others, report card time was a tangled mess of gut-wrenching nervousness and oh my god Mr. Smith gave me a C- in English MY PARENTS ARE GOING TO KILL ME.
Either way, welcome to the Canucks Army Weekly Report Card, where we'll take all that repressed childhood anxiety, bottle it back up, and apply it to your (presumably) favourite hockey team instead.
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November 19 2014 09:30AM
Welcome to a new feature here on Canucks Army and all sites on the Nation Network: What Would You Do Wednesday, 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! We're back this week after a short hiatus, so let's get started:
November 18 2014 09:00AM
Going into the 2014 offseason, most teams were expecting a salary cap north of $70M. However, due to a weaker than expected Canadian dollar, the cap ended up at $69M. This caught many NHL executives scrambling and in the aftermath team were forced to players like Linden Vey, Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy available at fire sale prices in order to help teams become cap compliant.
With some economists projecting that the Canadian dollar could fall as low as $0.82 U.S. next year, there is a fair amount of uncertainty as to where the salary cap will land next off season, as reported by Elliotte Friedman.
But what impact will this have on the NHL? Who could be the next winners and losers? Find out after the jump.