April 13 2012 11:37PM
There isn't much here. We know the score, we know the team is on the brink, we know that there's clearly something missing from this group. The team is playing a scoring chance behind every shift and leaving shots on the ice.
Toughness? Grit? Tiredness? I forget the story at this point. Vancouver had a tepid, predictable powerplay. Few positives to take from it, and they also allowed a pair of shorthanded goals (although I guess one ~technically~ wasn't).
I won't take too much of your time. It's Friday, we know the score, we know the stakes. I'll have a few thoughts on Roberto Luongo vs. Cory Schneider debate that's sure to pop up in the coming day, along with the usual stuff: chances, the Statistical Three Stars, and the Statistical Three Goats.
April 13 2012 03:37PM
The Good and the Bad of this past week.
It's Friday. So we close out the "Week That Was" with our latest volume of... "Cheers and Jeers!"
This week, I throw a pane of glass on Shanny and thin-skinned Canucks fans, while I make no subsequent apologies for liking Cory Schneider and our friends at Smug Nation.
April 13 2012 02:43PM
Hey everyone, welcome to "The #Canucks Week in Tweets!" Every week, I plan on bringing you the best of the Canucks on Twitter, from the reasonable to the totally ridiculous (okay, mostly ridiculous)! If you see a tweet you think should be featured here, get in touch with me at @cullenthecomic!
Aw, look at you, you're so cute with your riot jokes. They're most definitely my favorite. And not only that, but you had the decency to throw in a weak pun too! You little scamp! The Artful Dodger would be proud.
More after the jump!
April 13 2012 02:28PM
Alex Burrows is open. Get him the puck!
Two major problems from Wednesday: the Canucks were dominated in the slot at even strength and they also lost the powerplay battle. The Canucks' struggles with the man advantage have been evident for some time, but one thing stood out in Game 1: they aren't doing enough to penetrate the Kings' defensive structure.
Read on past the jump.
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.