Evening Headshots: January 30th

J.D. Burke
January 30 2014 11:00PM

Long live Sestito! Image Courtesy of: The Province
Long live Sestito! [Image via The Province]

First of all, I’d like to thank everyone involved in last night’s festivities at The Pint. Quite frankly the agonizing headache and malaise of today might suggest I had too much fun, but hey, you gotta live, right? Back to Canuckistan and the real world, there was no shortage of news from today; unfortunately though not much of it was good.

Think the last month has been bad as a Canucks fan? Not sure if it’s possible, but things could get worse. And you’ll probably be thinking the same thing, once you get to all these fine links, after the jump.

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The Hangover: Recapping all of the many, many injuries (+ last night's event)

Dimitri Filipovic
January 30 2014 05:15PM

Pictured above is the most important member of the Canucks, Mike Burnstein. 

The Vancouver Canucks once again lost last night, after a rapid flurry by the Blackhawks proved to be too much to overcome. If you were one of the however many people that was able to make it out to The Pint for our viewing party, all of the other festivities surrounding the game hopefully dampened the blow of another relatively meek loss. Judging from the mood in the room I don't think anyone really carried the loss with them, allowing it to ruin their night [more on this later].

But as is usually the case with every fun night, the following morning provides some challenges. After you finally gather the energy to get up and evaluate the landscape, all you can do is hope that the damage is manageable. In the case of the Canucks, the hangover is of the mean variety this morning, as there's some more bad news on the injury front. Why did the party have to end?

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CanucksArmy Weekly Prospect Report - January 30th, 2014

Josh W
January 30 2014 12:37PM

Courtesy of @ClintTrahan

In this week's CometsMilita CanucksArmy Weekly Prospect Report the Utica Comets went back to BC to play a pair of games in their home away from home. Many local Vancouver fans got to see future parts of their team play live against the Abbotsford Heat, who are currently riding quite the PDO/Special Teams wave.

But there's a lot more than just AHL coverage ahead, and you'll need to read on see what else is happening in the prospect world. 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.

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Canucks Army GDT #55 - Blackhawks @ Canucks

Dimitri Filipovic
January 29 2014 01:35PM

Today's the day! The day where watching a Canucks game will be fun!

Let's try to be positive and forget the fact that the Vancouver Canucks were basically taken to the woodshed by the Edmonton Oilers the last time saw them take the ice. And the fact that Daniel Sedin probably couldn't even score on Dan Cloutier these days. And the fact that the Minnesota Wild leapfrogged them in the standings with their victory last night. Forget all of that.

It's a new day, and you have the option of taking the game in with all of your cyber buddies if you so choose to come down to The Pint. Plus Canucks/Blackhawks games usually wind up being entertaining, by hook or by crook. Most importantly though, keep in mind tha--.. wait, what do you mean that Chris Tanev is out for an extended period of time?!?!

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The elephant in the room: Daniel Sedin's scoring woes

Dimitri Filipovic
January 29 2014 10:16AM

Umm.. [Image via Puck Daddy]

January has truly been the month from hell for the Vancouver Canucks. They've gone 4-7-2, but somehow it feels like it's almost been worse than that. There have been some losses that I'd characterize as both embarrassing and largely forgettable. After the way last season had concluded - and the way the summer went, with the lowered cap essentially handcuffing Mike Gillis from making any sort of big moves - we knew that this team was a far cry from the (Presidents' Trophy!) champion of years past. 

But things have been so, so, so much worse with all of the injuries the team has been racking up. A squad that was already dealing with depth issues has really been decimated for weeks now, most recently having to play without 2 of its top 3 centers. So its not exactly surprising that they've had difficulties scoring, with the Brad Richardsons of the world being thrust into roles their individual skillsets don't allow them to succeed in.

Something that needs to be discussed, despite how unpleasant it may be: the fact that Daniel Sedin probably can't hit the broad sign of a barn at this point. During a stretch where his team has scored 25 goals total in 13 games (dropping them all the way down to 22nd in the league on the season), the most prolific scorer in the franchise's history has failed to score once. That's a problem, and has been for a while now. Jim Jamieson broke the ice this morning, and we'll take the baton from him.

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