October 19 2016 09:32AM
Things are going relatively well in Vancouver. The club is 3-0-0 and well on their way to shattering the paltry expectations they suffered in advance of this season. Of course, it's early, and we should temper our optimism accordingly. You're still well within your right to enjoy the run, though.
Usually, teams are reticent to mess with a working lineup, but that's precisely what they'll have to do sooner than later. Eventually Anton Rodin is going to return to a clean bill of health. Based on his pre-season, I'd expect the Canucks are all too eager to give Rodin a shot to provide offence from their middle-six, too.
So looking at the Canucks' roster as of today, what adjustment(s) should they make when Rodin is available and ready to contribute?
October 19 2016 12:38AM
It was a battle of the undefeated tonight at Rogers arena with the Canucks, having won their first two games, hosting the St. Louis Blues, who boasted a 3-0 record of their own. It looked as though it may have finally been time for the wheels to come off the wagon, but surprisingly, it was Vancouver that was able to hold on to their record, battling back to win the game in OT.
Vancouver was full value in tonight's win, finishing in the black by possession metrics against a Western Conference juggernaut, and coming away with their third win in as many games thanks to timely goals by Bo Horvat and Henrik Sedin.
The Canucks are undefeated in 2016-17. Up is black. Down is white. We're living in Bizarro World.
October 18 2016 01:00PM
In what surely will be an absolute barn burner at Rogers Arena, the undefeated Vancouver Canucks take on the undefeated St. Louis Blues. This has Tyson/Holyfield hype written all over it. The Canucks are coming off, dare I say, an impressive win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday and there has to be some kind of momentum building for this club.
Bo Horvat was reunited with Sven Baertschi and Jake Virtanen and surprise, surprise a goal came out of the group. Tonight we'll see if the Canucks can continue befuddling their fans with another strong outing.
It's early but what if the Canucks are semi-good?
October 18 2016 09:00AM
With a pair of games in the books, it's been interesting to see certain players in their first taste of meaningful hockey for the 2016-17 season.
Looking specifically at the Canucks crease, Ryan Miller already has a sort of shutout but wasn't actually credited with one. Jacob Markstrom looked shaky in his first start but fought through to keep his team in it and get his first 'w' of the season.
Back on the farm, Richard Bachman and Thatcher Demko suffered the Toronto Marlies borderline NHL quality roster, and needless to say, it didn't go well. Both goalies surrendered five goals in their respective appearances.
October 17 2016 09:19PM
The season is finally underway, and wouldn't you know it, the Canucks are 2-0-0. They've yet to secure their first regulation win, but as the adage goes, they don't ask how they just ask how many.
Some of the more maligned acquisitions of this regime have figured relatively prominently in those victories, no less. That has to count for something. I don't want to get ahead of myself, but maybe things won't be so bad after all?
Yeah, I should just stop. Onward to the questions.