November 20 2014 12:30PM
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Every once in a while, a question comes along that the statistical side of Canucks Army cannot answer. A question that no matter how deep you dive into the numbers, an answer will not be forthcoming. A situation where Canucks Army has to call upon their emotional leader, yours truly (I like to hand out arbitrary titles to myself), to figure out a solution.
That question, of course, is should Canucks fans boo Ryan Kesler in his return game to Rogers Arena on Thursday?
In the famous words of my buddy Thomas Drance, read more past the jump!
November 20 2014 09:15AM
It's been another week in the Smylosphere as the Canucks prospects have been busy, doing what they do best, battling in corners and playing a full 60 minutes. With that said some prospects are beginning to stand out while others are leading fans to question their future. Without wasting time, let's get right into the non-AHL prospects!
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November 20 2014 08:37AM
Dailyfaceoff presents the Fantasy Minute. A quick run through the best Fantasy Hockey waiver adds, sleepers and buy low-sell high candidates for the week. (Based on 12 team leagues)
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.