January 27 2014 11:57PM
"Since neither of us are good at hockey, let's give rugby a shot, shall we?" [Image via Adam Gretz]
Let's not sugarcoat things, because losing to the Edmonton Oilers (a team that could actually conceivably be the worst team in the league; yes, even worse than the Buffalo Sabres) surely represents a new low point for a team that has endured some pretty embarrassing results in recent memory. Especially when it happens at home.
But it's also one that's not necessarily all that surprising, and certainly one that needs to be put into perspective. Everything is a jumbled mess right now, with players being asked to fill roles their natural talent level doesn't allow them to fill. Their recent 4-game stretch of "getting by" was more of a testament to their opponents' misery than it was to the Canucks suddenly turning a corner.
.. and Monday night, the ineptitude that has been a byproduct of missing two of their top 3 centers finally caught up with them, coming back to bite them in the rear. Read on past the jump for a recap of the humbling loss.
January 27 2014 03:22PM
The Canucks and Oilers played each other just 6 days ago, and while that can have its advantages in terms of things spilling over from one meeting to the other, helping build a story of sorts.. it makes previewing the game the second time out a total nuisance. What else is there to say? Not much has really changed since the January 21st game preview.
But thankfully, we've got a player making his return to the Canucks lineup tonight to report on, plus some thoughts on tonight's starting goaltender. So read on past the jump for more on that..
January 26 2014 11:19PM
Really, I have no idea how to describe Vancouver's 5-4 overtime win against Phoenix in any way that isn't a series on nonsensical grunts and surprised-sounding noises. Vancouver was badly outshot, but carried a lot of the possession. Antoine Vermette scored on one of his shots, but registered a hat-trick. Mike Smith did Mike Smith things.
Really though, the powerplay reached a season low-point, which is saying something considering that its prevailing ineptitude in January was quite a low point on its own. The Canucks were out-shot and out-scored on their own powerplays, but still managed to come away with a victory because hockey is stupid sometimes.
Zac Dalpe was one of Vancouver's best players for god sakes. It was that type of night.
January 26 2014 04:03PM
That wonderful video is courtesy of Paul Almeida and it pretty much sums up everything wrong with the Canucks powerplay right now: they're generating a lot of shots, they can't score on any of their shots, and Dan Hamhuis is on it. Now, we're big Dan Hamhuis fans here on Canucks Army, but the simple fact of the matter is that Vancouver is better off having literally anybody on the powerplay in place of Hamhuis at the moment. The good news is that it looks like Mike & Gully have heeded our desperate pleas ahead of tonight's game against the Phoenix Coyotes and have taken Hamhuis and Kevin Bieksa off the first unit powerplay in favour of Jason Garrison and Yannick Weber.
The bad news is that this comes at the expense of David Booth.
Now, I can hear some of you snickering right now. "David Booth!?" you may say. "What the hell good is David Booth!?" you may say. Well, David Booth is absolutely a useful player, and benching him, especially in light of recent injuries and scoring woes, is an insane move. We'll get into why after the break.
January 26 2014 02:42PM
The great thing about Twitter - well, other than being the wonderful source of entertainment and information that it is - is the fact that it provides you with an opportunity to take in sports spectacles with a wide array of different individuals that you otherwise would never have been exposed to. It can be frustrating at times, but for the most part it enhances the viewing experience.
Two particular instances of this have come within the past 2 weeks; Tom Sestito's debut in the team's top 6 and 1st unit PP v. the Ducks (ultimately climaxing when he scored a PPG) and the Canucks/Kings fight night were two memorable moments for me personally, that were significantly augmented by exposed to the endless list of jokes online.
I don't know about you but I enjoy the feeling of being a part of something, and the tightly knit online hockey community is just that. On Wednesday, January 29th we've been presented with an opportunity to take our collective relationship to the next level as the official watering hole of Canucks Army is kindly hosting a viewing party for us.
Read on past the jump to find out what you need to do to make sure you're there. And I assure you, you'll want to be there; we've got an assortment of fun prizes and gifts to give away to you guys, as if we needed to sweeten the pot beyond hanging out, and drinking beer while watching the Canucks take on the Blackhawks.