January 24 2014 12:07AM
Paul Gaustad is a large human. Image via Justin Bourne .
The Nashville Predators came to town with the 3rd worst 5-on-5 save percentage in the entire league, the 5th worst 5-on-5 possession numbers, and seem to have had a tough time preventing the Canucks from scoring on them in recent years. So that would seem to be the perfect remedy for Vancouver's recent offensives woes, right? Well, if you're a cynical Canucks fan like me, there's no way you read a lede like that and went "Yeah!" So good for you. Also, you probably watched the game so you know the answer already.
If you didn't watch the game, the Canucks couldn't score a powerplay goal again, only managed one even strength goal again, and now have just eight goals in their last seven games, just like the 2011 Sta-- sorry, I won't go there. Tonight's 2-1 loss to Nashville wasn't nearly that painful, but it was still frustrating. Read past the jump for a recap.
January 23 2014 08:38PM
With their recent run of injuries to key forwards, reports indicate that Vancouver will sign soon-to-be 39-year old free agent winger Vinny Prospal to an AHL tryout contract as soon as tomorrow. Per Elliotte Friedman:
Canucks plan to sign Vinny Prospal to an AHL tryout tomorrow. 765 pts in 1,108 games. Will give him a look..Has not played this year.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 24, 2014
Read past the jump for more.
January 23 2014 03:55PM
There's only one Weber in the lineup tonight, and he's wearing the wrong jersey :(
I think this particular matchup has a stigma of sorts attached to it, out there amongst the general public. That as soon as you look at the schedule and see that the Vancouver Canucks and Nashville Predators are playing each other, you can safely assume that it'll be a boring, low-scoring game.
Here are the game scores of their meetings since the start of 2011: 3-1 VAN, 5-2 VAN, 7-4 VAN, 1-0 VAN, 3-1 NSH, 4-3 VAN, 6-5 NSH, 5-1 VAN.
I can't really attest to how entertaining all of those games were - speaking of.. what did I eat for breakfast this morning? - but I do distinctly remember a couple of those games being wild back-and-forth games in which anything and everything was making its way to the back of the net. Tonight's game may very well be a clunker, but it won't be because these teams *always* engage in snoozefests.
January 22 2014 02:27PM
The last man standing is.. Ryan Kesler?
As of January 22nd, 2014, the Vancouver Canucks sit at 10th in the league when it comes to most man games lost due to injury on the year, which shouldn't come as a surprise (if anything, that seems a bit low, but I guess there's some bias at play here). They were without the two Alexs (Burrows, Edler) for an extended period of time, and are now dealing with some serious trouble icing 4 NHL-caliber centers with Henrik Sedin and Mike Santorelli both out (with the latter expected to be a long-term, serious injury).
It's not *all* bad, though, as there's some good news on the injury front coming out of Wednesday afternoon's practice. Two players that have been out for a while now are expected to be back shortly, and one seems to have avoided anything serious following a scare during last night's victory in Edmonton.
Read on past the jump for the details, but while you're doing that, make sure you keep your phone near you. If you've got any sort of experience playing hockey - and NHL 14 most definitely counts in this case - you may just get the call from the Canucks!
January 22 2014 12:22PM
Courtesy of the Utica Comets
Welcome to this week's Canucks Prospect Report. Some things definitely happened on this front over the past 7 days, but I'm not going to dish out any of the goods until you click past the jump. That's what we call a tease, folks..