October 12 2013 02:08PM
Hey guys, remember me? Can I play?
Five games into the season, and the Canucks have been anything but consistent. Well, maybe their performance can be described as consistently inconsistent now that I think about it. They've only managed to submit one really dominant performance though (last Saturday night against the Oilers), to go along with one good one (against the Devils, though it was really that one impressive period that did it), and three stinkers.
Yet despite the fact that they've been all over the map, they're still 3-2, so things could be worse. I'm not sure there's much to take away from the loss against the Sharks a few nights ago; they're pretty clearly in a different class, but that's okay, because that puts the Canucks in the same boat as roughly 26-28 other teams. At least they've managed to take care of business against lesser teams.
This is a relatively big game for the home team, as it'll be the last time they play in the friendly confines of Rogers Arena over the next 2+ weeks. It's also one that's not lacking for storylines, that's for sure. Alex Edler will start serving his 3 game suspension, Zack Kassian will be returning from his 5 game suspension, Brendan Gallagher and Carey Price return home (I'm sure this won't be the last time you hear about this), and it'll all be happening on Hockey Night in Canada!
Read on past the jump for a look at what to expect tonight.
October 11 2013 06:48PM
The dressing room is supposed to be a safe place for players. That is said time and again between coaches and players. Things that are said or happen between those walls stay between those walls.
Joe Thornton is making headlines today, for a comment he directed in a humorous way at a scrum of reporters that were interviewing another player. He was not being interviewed himself. He said something sarcastic about scoring four goals in one game and what he would do to celebrate.
October 11 2013 05:10PM
Will he do it? I don't know, I ain't got no crystal ball.
This is a regular Friday feature combining a healthy mixture of observation, analysis, and foresight on the Vancouver Canucks. If you'd like to get at me about anything covered in this column, follow me on Twitter at @yyjordan and let's start a textual relationship (wink).
October 11 2013 01:43PM
Three-game suspension for VAN's Allex Edler.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 11, 2013
On Thursday night the Vancouver Canucks lost not only the game (in a convincing fashion, to boot), but also defenseman Alexander Edler, who has been suspended for 3 games by the NHL for his check to the head of Tomas Hertl.
Read on past the jump for some analysis on the suspension, and what this means going forward.
October 11 2013 10:49AM
Following Canuck Prospects is one of my interests (inspired by the guys over at Bolt Prospects), and something I've started paying a lot more attention to. While the title is a work in project right now, I hope to write a weekly update on the status of all the Canuck prospects, Utica Comets and anything else related. Based on the prospects series this site ran back in the summer, it's clear that you guys are interested in keeping tabs on how the future Canucks are doing in their endeavors.
Where I can I will try and provide some analytical stuff as well, but in some of these leagues even finding the box score can be difficult. Follow me at @nuckprospects as I try and keep up with the latest in prospect news. I will try and cover the guys in the system that you don't often see on TV; sure, Zac Dalpe may be considered a prospect and you technically don't really see him on your TV, but he is outside of the scope of this report.