November 23 2013 02:25PM
All is forgiven, Ryan.
If you sat through a large chunk of the Canucks games over the past two weeks or so, I sure hope you were around for last night's pay-off when the team snapped out of its scoring funk. They lit the lamp 6 times against a hapless Columbus Blue Jackets squad, finally converting their gaudy shot totals into some goals.
Now, the naysayers will be quick to point out that it came against a team that's not very good, and that's totally fair. There's no question that they took advantage of the situation on Friday night, but it's still a better alternative than what happened a few nights before against the Panthers. Conveniently enough the Canucks won't have to wait long to test their mettle against a better team, with Ryan Stanton's former team coming into town for a main event showdown on Saturday night.
November 22 2013 11:24PM
Image via @CanuckClay
There has to be someone out there who saw a Vancouver Canucks game for the 1st time - either this season, or ever - on Friday, November 22nd, and thinks that the team he watched is an offensive juggernaut. Good luck convincing that person that's not the case, following the 6-goal explosion for the Canucks against a badly depleted Columbus Blue Jackets squad.
For at least 21 hours or so, all is good in Vancouver. Maybe these positive feelings will last even longer if their opponent on Saturday night dabbles in some Roxy action on their night off.
Read on past the jump for a recap of a game which was significantly more viewer-friendly than I anticipated it would be.
November 22 2013 12:09PM
I guess one potential positive stemming from the recent woes for the Canucks is that people won't run with the narrative of the "trap game" if they don't put together a good performance on Friday night against the Blue Jackets. Sure, they've got the Blackhawks and Kings on their schedule in the next handful of days, but at this point, who are the Canucks to be looking past an opponent? They just got it handed to 'em by the Florida Panthers on their home ice.
The positives? The Columbus Blue Jackets aren't a very good hockey team themselves. They're 8-11-3, and recently lost 7-0 to the Edmonton Oilers. The West has owned the East this year, and that trend has held true for the Canucks, who are 7-3-2 against the other conference.
The negatives? Well, you know them by now. The Canucks can't buy a goal to save their collective lives, yadi yadi yada. If you're looking for some entertainment on a Friday night, you might want to look elsewhere, because this one was the makings of an absolute snoozer..
November 22 2013 10:07AM
The Canucks are their own worst enemy right now.
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).
November 21 2013 11:30AM
It's been another busy week for Canuck prospects; Utica has gone back to their old habits, OHL players have been busy on and off the ice, McNally returns to play for Harvard, and a few minor league players seem to have been benched. As always, follow me @nuckprospects on Twitter for the latest in prospect news and feed free to send me any feedback on anything prospect related you wish me to cover.
Without further ado..