April 21 2015 10:58AM
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The Vancouver Canucks need goals. They need more of an offensive push from all over their lineup. They need Sven.
On Tuesday the club announced the recall of forward Sven Baertschi from the AHL's Utica Comets. Based on the timing of the recall - immediately before the club takes to the ice for the game-day skate on Tuesday - we can assume that he's in Calgary, and prepared to go in Game 4 if the Canucks decide they need him.
April 21 2015 09:00AM
FLAMES LEAD SERIES 2-1
This series has been quite truculent so far and after Game 3, the Flames are the more truculent group. An absolute 180 from Game 2, the Canucks were beyond looking for answers in the first game in Calgary, they didn't even have tickets to get inside!
It has been a see/saw battle and the way this series has gone, the pendulum SHOULD swing in the Canucks direction come the end of the 3rd period. 'Nucks just outplayed the Flames in Game 1, dominated them in Game 2, got dummied by the Flames in Game 3 and should get outplayed tonight but will squeak out a win. This has been a phenomenal series and the rivalry is back in a big way.
April 20 2015 07:00PM
The 44 year old Vancouver Canucks franchise played two good games this week and a bad game this week but are down by a game to 18 year old Sam Bennett and his Calgary Flames. You might even say that Vancouver is getting blazed! Or something. Cause it's 4/20 and they're playing against the Flames. No? Ok.
April 20 2015 05:30PM
Late Monday morning, reports surfaced that Canucks agitator Alex Burrows would not be suspended for his role in Sunday night's late-game fireworks. Burrows took a run at Johnny Gaudreau, similar to the one that Flames rookie Michael Ferland took at Luca Sbisa, and then was perhaps a little over-eager to defend himself when Kris Russell skated in to defend his teammate.
Burrows was assessed an instigator penalty on the play, and by the letter of the law, this meant that Burrows would automatically be suspended for game 4 of the Canucks-Flames series. Certainly, certain Flames media types were convinced that there was "nothing the NHL could do" to overturn this ruling, but as we saw just one day prior and were reminded by this morning's news, the automatic suspension is overturned all the time.
So with that in mind, let's go back and look at what a player actually has to do to be suspended for instigating a fight in the final five minutes of a hockey game.
April 20 2015 12:47PM
It seems like it's been months since we last saw Zack Kassian.
The mercurial winger has had his ups and downs in 2014-2015, spending much of the first half of the season in the coaches' doghouse before finding a home with the Sedins on Vancouver's first line, but has since completely dropped off the face of the Earth with a reported back injury.
The Canucks have kept completely silent about the nature of Kassian's ailment, but rumblings from those supposedly in the know are starting to suggest that it's pretty severe and the big winger isn't due back any time soon. In fact, he may be completely done for the foreseeable future.