Game #53 Preview - Music City Makeover

Cam Davie
February 07 2012 11:08AM

In their last trip to Nashville, the Canucks did a little do-si-do into the Western Conference Final,
thanks entirely to Ryan Kesler. Does Kes still have some Music City Magic left in him?
(Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Game Day Recon: Game #53 - Canucks @ Predators

The Vancouver Canucks return to Nashville for the first time since dispatching the Predators from the second round of the playoffs. The Predators have gone through a bit of a transformation this year, lighting the lamp like never before. Meanwhile the Canucks have been coasting on minimal effort of late, yet are still managing to win games and pick up points. Will the Predators' change in philosophy be enough to knock the Canucks down a peg? Or can the Canucks stumble their way to victory again?

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Can Alexander Edler handle heavy minutes?

Cam Charron
February 06 2012 09:09PM

Those who closely follow the Canucks have been aware that the team is on a pretty brutal slide lately. Since the game in Boston, the Canucks have been a below average possession team, earning just 37.6% of the score-tied shots,40% of the score-tied Fenwick events and 43.7% of the score-tied Corsi events. Anybody paying attention to the scoring chance data here at Canucks Army has probably noticed a similar effect there.

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Headshots February 6th

Thomas Drance
February 06 2012 03:07PM


Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, produced a tribute video or birthed a clever .gif into existence - please e-mail Thom at

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You Know What I Hate?! - Feb 6

Cam Davie
February 06 2012 02:03PM

M.I.A. is angry. And so am I. But she's gonna get a stern talking-to by some TV exec
over this insignificant act. US Network TV - where this is offensive, but blowing someone up is awesome.
Photo courtesy Getty Images/NBC.

Today I continue my weekly feature of me venting and raging on stupid crap happening with the Canucks, their fans and around the NHL. Two things about feature... 1) It will appear (hopefully) every Monday, and 2) It is blatantly ripped off from a stand-up bit from comedian Craig Anton. On either point, I make no apologies. Enjoy. Or don't.

This week, I give the middle finger to touch-up icing, the Canucks winning (HUH?!) and the tantalizing tease of hockey in the Pacific Northwest.

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How "The Great Dane" can get out of the Doghouse

Jeff Paterson
February 06 2012 12:58PM

Where has Hansen's gumption gone?

Alain Vigneault made a decision Saturday in Denver. Now it’s Jannik Hansen’s turn to make a decision of his own.

In the Canucks 3-2 shootout win over the Avalanche, Vigneault gave Hansen a season-low 8:04 of ice time. It wasn’t just a season low, but a substantial 2:49 lower than the previous low (10:53 on December 1st vs Nashville). The Danish winger hasn't seen as little of the ice since he played a total of 3:58 in Columbus on February 12, 2010 – the night of the Olympic opening ceremonies nearly two years ago.

So it has been a while since Hansen sat and watched as much hockey from ice level as he did at the Pepsi Center this weekend. He’s a different – and more valuable -- player now than he was back then, but Saturday’s move by the coach had better get Hansen’s attention.

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