April 13 2012 11:45AM
(Header courtesy theyslayedthedragon)
It didn't take long for Canucks fans to hit the panic button. Ah, the playoffs. When a single loss moves this city and the Canucks fanbase to complete an utter dispair, and a single win drives them to sheer elation. Thank goodness Canucks fans aren't prone to outrageously overreacting to things.
Despite the eye-ball test of Game 1, where the Canucks looked like they were severely under the gun for the entire game, it wasn't all that bad by the underlying numbers. In fact, despite the result, there was plenty about which to be encouraged. The club's ultimate undoing was entirely their own, easily correctable fault.
So the question is... can they correct it?
Click past the jump for the underlying numbers, key performers and more detailed game information.
April 13 2012 10:42AM
Throughout the past two seasons Cory Schneider has repeatedly proven to be exceptionally skilled with his use of words. When you think about it, this skill has been essential to him, after all he occupies a highly flammable position in the Vancouver sports market. Just one tone-deaf Schneider quote could bring a chorus of boo's down on already embattled starter Roberto Luongo. Certainly Schneider is popular enough, especially among certain segments of Canucks fans, that if he came out and said something even indirectly referencing the idea that he "should be the starter" all hell would break loose on the Team 1040's call-in shows.
Schneider is something of a chameleon, really. He's Boston born, but he plays for the Canucks, and if the alleged actions of his Massachusetts born girlfriend Jill are any indication, he's very loyal towards his first professional team. He can impersonate any Canucks roster player or coach with aplomb and he can talk politics without hitting a single wrong note. We've said it before, but Schneider has a politicians understanding of "messaging" and so it was a surprise to hear that yesterday, he took an all-out, tactless (albeit highly accurate and amusing) shot at one of the Canucks most moribund divisional "rivals": the Edmonton Oilers
Read past the jump for more!
April 13 2012 09:14AM
For the first time in the history of this contest, we're going to update exactly when we said we were. Today, we present the winners of this year's Nation Network Hockey Pool.
April 13 2012 09:07AM
The Canucks were thoroughly outclassed in game one by a bigger, more physical, and much more disciplined Kings squad. Thankfully the series is a best-of-seven and not a best-of-one. The Canucks are in a hole, but they've got time to stem the tide and there were some bright spots on Wednesday (Jannik Hansen was sensational, as was Roberto Luongo). But there are also a number of issues to iron out if the team hopes to level the series before heading to Los Angeles on the weekend.
Read past the jump to find out what they are.
April 12 2012 06:28PM
Going into the postseason, the Canucks were the only NHL team that could boast a clean sheet where supplementary discipline was concerned. That changed on Thursday evening, as it was officially announced that Byron Bit has received a two game suspension from the league for his dirty hit to the head of L.A. Kings pugilist Kyle Clifford in game one. Kyle Clifford will miss at least the next game between the two teams on Friday.