October 16 2016 10:57PM
The Vancouver Canucks and Carolina Hurricanes are franchises charting vastly different courses for their respective organizations. And for all their philosophical differences, they intersect stalled at their oppositions net more often than most.
Such are the growing pains associated with ushering in a new wave. The Hurricanes are just months removed from parting with longtime face of the franchise Eric Staal, and while the Canucks aren't quite ready to eschew the old guard in its entirety, the times they are a changin'.
October 16 2016 11:00AM
The Canucks roll into tonight with a shiny W to their credit but having been the last team to even play a game this season, they are playing catch up and draw their first back to back. The Carolina Hurricanes are in town with our old friend Eddie Lack. He'll be manning the pipes this evening so hopefully there's a bit of love coming his way.
That being said, the Canucks love it when the Hurricanes come to Vancouver. Since 2009, Vancouver is 6-0-2 against Carolina at Rogers Arena. Last night's win hopefully has built up some energy for puck drop tonight.
The critics say 65 points is the ceiling for the Canucks this year so they might as well get those wins out of the way early.
October 16 2016 09:00AM
The Canucks season is upon as, and though they took a 2-1 shootout win last night against Calgary, there are lots of questions about the 2016-17 Vancouver Canucks. Many prognosticators are pinning the Canucks to finish dead last in the division (for good reason), but I decided to take it to the writers on this fine blog to see what they think. Here's what they said. (They had a lot to say)
October 16 2016 01:13AM
It was a relatively uneventful affair, as the Canucks became the final team in the NHL to begin their season, facing off against a Calgary Flames squad that had already played two games. Things weren't looking good through the first 40 minutes, but the Canucks were able to come away with the shootout win, and that's all that really matters.
October 15 2016 01:55PM
It's the Vancouver Canucks against the world. In spite of a strong off-season, projections, predictions and flat out guesses elsewhere all point to a last place finish and a lottery ball determining this season's worth.
And yet, the Canucks refuse to go gentle into that good night. They spent much of this off-season chasing the post-season dragon. Whereas a team with no apparent succession plan for their ageing core should hoard high-end prospects and the picks to find them, Vancouver didn't blink at the price (Jared McCann and a pair of picks) to acquire sturdy stay-at-home defenceman Erik Gudbranson. Similarly, they defied convention when kicking the door down in free agency to throw term and cash at a 30-plus free agent in Loui Eriksson -- the type of move generally reserved for contenders.