How the Canucks Can Avoid Last Season's Playoff Problems

Jeff Angus
March 29 2012 08:49AM

For a team to win the Stanley Cup, a lot of different factors have to correlate in their favour. Health, goaltending, and special teams are the three most important (in order). We saw all three affect the Canucks negatively during last spring's Stanley Cup Final loss. Boston was healthier, they received better goaltending, and their penalty kill stifled Vancouver’s league-leading power play and snsurprisingly, the Bruins won in convincing fashion. Are the Canucks now better equipped to deal with the issues that plagued them in the Final last year?

Read on past the jump to find out.

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Vancouver wins hockey game against Colorado - Recap and scoring chances

Cam Charron
March 29 2012 12:24AM

Chris Higgins scored a shorthanded goal in a 1-0 win. Cory Schneider got the shutout for the Canucks, their second 1-0 shutout in as many games with different goalies. The first line didn't score. But we know those storylines.

For more detailed analysis, the Statistical Three Stars and Goats and scoring chance data, click ahead.

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Headshots March 28th

Cam Davie
March 28 2012 05:47PM

Thanks to Gord McIntyre, we see that nobody,
not even AV during a morning presser, is safe from the Keslurk.
(Photo from gmacsports - 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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#Canucks Week in Tweets - March 28th

John Cullen
March 28 2012 03:23PM

Hey everyone, welcome to "The #Canucks Week in Tweets!" Every week, I plan on bringing you the best of the Canucks on Twitter, from the reasonable to the totally ridiculous (okay, mostly ridiculous)! If you see a tweet you think should be featured here, get in touch with me at @cullenthecomic!



But elbowing someone in the head isn't classless, nooooooooo not at all. And what about concussions over the last few years in the NHL makes you think that any NHLer would ever want to fake one? Even Dr. Recchi is shaking his head at your ignorance. I don't know how taking another guy's elbow to your head when the puck is nowhere near the play makes someone "classless". If someone punched you, would that make you classless too?

No, that was probably when you called Daniel Sedin "Danielle". Yep, that sewed it up.

More after the jump!

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Game #77 Preview - Flawless Victory

Cam Davie
March 28 2012 12:07PM

There has been a WHOLE lot of this in Canucks/Avs games over the last 3 years.
But don't expect much tonight. The Canucks have changed their game plan.
(Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Game Day Recon: Game #77 - Avalanche @ Canucks

The big question (well, really the ONLY question) is: "Are the Canucks 'going for it'?" Are they gunning for first in the conference and the league? It is certainly in reach and the possibility is there. But with second place firmly in their grasp and their best winger out with a concussion, is there really much point in going pedal to the medal over the balance of the regular season?

Or, at this point, should they simply be worried about making sure their game is in order for the playoffs with a full complement of healthy players?

I vote for the latter, but tonight the Colorado Avalanche will have much to say about that, since they ACTUALLY have something for which to play.

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