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March 28 2014 07:21AM
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March 27 2014 11:37PM
Photo courtesy of @TheStanchion who I don't follow on Twitter because he made mean Mason Raymond jokes and I like Mason Raymond. You can follow him though. You Mason Raymond hater.
Sitting in 10th place in the West with just eight games to go, all games are essentially "must-win" games if Vancouver wants to hold out hope of making a playoff push. Coming off a back-to-back after last night's win in Minnesota with Eddie Lack making his 13th consecutive start since the Olympic break and Henrik Sedin out with a leg injury, the odds were already stacked against Vancouver.
Sure enough, despite the best efforts of David Booth and Zack Kassian once again, the Canucks were unable to come away with two much-needed points as they lost 3-2 in overtime against the Colorado Avalanche. Worse still, Phoenix gained another point on the Canucks, making their playoff hopes that much slimmer.
Read past the jump for more.
March 27 2014 02:04PM
There are plenty of things I miss about the Northwest Division days, and a large chunk of that has to do with the Colorado Avalanche. Beyond just the way that the Canucks have thoroughly dominated them in recent years, there's also the fact that the Avs have now quickly become one of the most watchable teams in the entire league. It's weird that it's March 27th, and that these two teams are facing each other for just the 2nd time this season. But that's the new reality we live in.
The Canucks make their one and only trip this season to the state where it's legal to not only smoke pot but also cheer for Peyton Manning and his forehead. Tonight you can watch them try to win 4 games in a row after last night's offensive outburst, all while keeping a close eye on the scoreboard.
It's a busy Thursday night of hockey, but there's one game in particular that should be of interest: the Coyotes at the Devils. Cheering on the Devils is something that both the optimists in Vancouver and the people attempting to steer the tank in the right direction can agree upon.
March 26 2014 09:09PM
Generally speaking, I often write up the game recaps before ultimately deciding on what the title of the post should be. As a sign of protest against NHL [dot] com's absurd reaches at being punny, I try to refrain from going down that route. So sometimes the options are kind of limited.
Tonight is not one of those nights. I spent some time giving considerations to "Northwest Nostalgia", "#ShotQuality", all sorts of others regarding Daniel Sedin finally ending his own personal drought, and even some regarding the team's ongoing quest to keep their slim playoff chances alive.
But in the end, I had to go in the direction of Canucks Army favourite David Booth, who not only scored the team's first two goals of the game - while it was still competitive and in doubt - but also now has tallies in consecutive games. PRAISE DAVID BOOTH!
March 26 2014 01:54PM
I'll let you guys pick your adventure today in preparation of this one:
Positive spin: The Vancouver Canucks come into Wednesday night's game against the Minnesota Wild on a 2-game losing streak, looking for their first 3-game winning streak since that torrid stretch in December (20th-29th, beating the Blackhawks, Jets, and Flames).
With the news that Mike Smith's injury could potentially keep him out for some time, the window appears to have been cracked ever so lightly and a light breeze is coming in (.. but is hardly enough to cool off these red hot Vancouver Canucks!). And that was before the news that Alex Burrows would come back far sooner than expected!
Negative Realistic spin: The Vancouver Canucks haven't managed to win 3 games in nearly three months, and have a 1.9% chance at the playoffs entering today. Their best player will be out tonight. The last time these two teams played, the result was anything but "Wild"..