October 26 2013 11:36AM
Finally! Wins! Alec Baer is excited!
Things are finally looking up for the Vancouver Giants. With the bulk of their injury woes behind them, they won back-to-back games for the first time this season, beating up a listless Kamloops Blazers squad before stunning the Eastern Conference leading Calgary Hitmen with a 4-3 overtime win. With 6 points in his last 3 games, Cain Franson appears to finally be heating up, and Brett Kulak has come alive to overtake captain Dalton Thrower for the team scoring lead.
Read past the jump for a closer look at how the Giants are turning things around.
October 25 2013 09:27PM
Say what you will about the Vancouver and their performance during the 7-game roadtrip (and about people who begin sentences with "say what you will.."), but a 5-1-1 record all things considered is more than impressive. Especially considering the way they capped it off against the Blues with a 3-2 overtime victory. The operative term here is "gutsy", which I'm sure you'll see bandied about on your Twitter timeline, deservedly so.
Read on past the jump for a recap of what went down.
October 25 2013 03:41PM
Leave Zack Kassian alone, you big meanie!
I guess you could say that the odds aren't in the Canucks' favour heading into the final game of a road trip which has taken them 13 days to complete. They're bruised, battered, tired, and probably just want to get home to their own beds and whoever they happen to have waiting for them back in Vancouver.
Thanks to some strong goaltending from Roberto Luongo last night they were able to improve to 4-1-1, which makes the trip an awfully successful one - regardless of the outcome of tonight's game - despite the fact that they've looked more than shaky in getting there. With that being said, the Blues are a team that they could very well see come playoff time, and I'm sure that none of the guys in the Canucks lockerroom would particularly like to get embarrassed on this Friday night. Whether it winds up mattering on the scoreboard or not, I find it hard to believe that they'll lay down for the Blues.
Read on past the jump for a preview of the game which many think will be a lopsided one.
October 25 2013 01:17PM
The K.R.E.A.M. always rises to the top.
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 25 2013 10:17AM
Fun story in the New York Daily News that ran Thursday, or at least a story with a fun quote from John Tortorella:
"I know the reputation from the outside looking in, when I wasn't coaching here, everybody outside thought Vancouver dove and did some whining," Tortorella said, according to NHL.com. "Our team is not going to dive. Our team has already been talked to. We're not going to dive. I don't think there is much whining going on either.
I can't speak to the reputation that the Vancouver Canucks have created over the last few seasons, or whether they earned it or not. Every team in the NHL dives, and some teams dive more than others, and that's okay. It's usually more of a reflection of the player than an organizational philosophy. What some teams do well, without diving, is draw a lot of penalties. Getting powerplays is good. No team, not even the Canucks with an awful powerplay to start the season, generates fewer goals per 60 minutes on the powerplay than while at even strength. Failing having players that can generate penalties a lot, here's the solution: Dive More. Take the fall, act hurt, get indignant.