Game #81 Preview - Flame Out

Cam Davie
April 05 2012 11:58AM

Olli Jokinen: "Is that what winning looks like?"
A single tear rolls down his cheek as he remembers that one time he was in the playoffs.
(Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

Game Day Recon: Game #81 - Canucks @ Flames

Ah, it's now a Rite of Spring in the West. The flowers start to bloom, the animals awake from hibernation and the Flames are either out of the playoffs or die in the first round. Since the Calgary Flames won that precious Cup that Flames fans like to hold over the heads of lowly Canucks fans like some sort of mythical hammer, the Flames have progressed past the first round of the playoffs once. That's one time in 22 seasons, including a current string of 3 straight years of missing the playoffs.

Spring has sprung and the Flames are done. On to REAL hockey!

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Alex Friesen is Heating Up

Jeff Angus
April 05 2012 09:07AM

During the course of the season, I've tried to bring attention to several less heralded prospects in Vancouver’s system. That trend continues today with a profile on Niagara Ice Dog and 2010 6th round draft pick, center Alex Friesen.

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Headshots April 4th

Cam Davie
April 04 2012 05:13PM

Max Lapierre: Cool, non-chalant ladykiller.
(Photo from Andy Gray @si_vault via Twitter)

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, produced a tribute video or birthed a clever .gif into existence - please e-mail Thom at

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Tales of regression: the 2008 Vancouver Canucks

Cam Charron
April 04 2012 02:45PM

Canucks Army didn't exist in 2008. I'm not sure how much of a market there was for a math-themed Vancouver Canucks blog. I certainly wasn't reading one, and while Vic Ferrari was pumping out terrific stuff like this about player luck over a short-term period of hockey games, I was a regular poster on, using the numbers I had available to me to prove my points, but none of the wealth of data available online to regular readers of Puck Prospectus or Irreverent Oilers Fans.

I was parsing through Behind The Net and something caught my eye: when we talk about the Minnesota Wild this season, or the Dallas Stars last season, or the Colorado Avalanche from 2010, we're talking about teams that had dominant first halves of the season but collapsed from January-on. Surely, there has to have been a team like that almost every year in recent history that had a good first half and a lousy second half.

Enter the 2008 Vancouver Canucks, let's look month-to-month at just how they did. Using timeonice scripts from 2008, I looked month-to-month at how this team fared...

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Schneider Day Night Live

Cam Davie
April 04 2012 12:07PM

Cory Schneider can do no wrong in the eyes of Canucks fans.
And his impressions are no exception.

Cory Schneider. Superb goaltender. Compelling interviewee. Master impressionist.

The Canucks goalie has been on CBC's After Hours on two different occasions, discussing various aspects of his game, his life, and the Vancouver Canucks. During both interviews, Schneider broke out some amazing impressions of some of his teammates and his coach.

We decided it wasn't enough to just marvel at his mimickry. We had to rate them.

Click past the jump to see how we scored Cory Schneider's impressions!

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