March 11 2012 09:10AM
It's that time of year again - you know, the one where Oilers fan's thoughts turn to prospects and the draft lottery while other fans are embroiled in playoff battles and scoreboard watching. Lowetide covers all the bases this week by talking Flames, Canucks and the 2012 entry draft.
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March 11 2012 12:36AM
PK Subban and the Montreal Canadiens held off the Sedins, on their way to a 4-1 rout of the Canucks.
The Canucks came out flying tonight, and thanks to the Amex line they mostly dominated the first period. Unfortunatelywere held off the board thanks to the stellar play of Montreal netminder Carey Price. The third period was a bizarro version of the first, in that the Canadiens handed the Canucks their collective asses, but Roberto Luongo far from keeping them off the board, allowed a couple of brutal softies to cement the Habs rout.
The Canucks have now dropped three of their last four, and have looked unfocussed and dispirited for weeks. There's still no cause for panic (probably), but that's a difficult story to sell following tonight's putrid effort. The Canucks need to find a way to motivate themselves over the balance of the regular, or at least play for pride. Tonight, and especially in the third period: they didn't show much of it.
Read past the jump for a more thorough recap, the statistical three stars and scoring chance data.
March 10 2012 12:13PM
Walking past the rich history of horrendous Vancouver sweaters, Roberto Luongo
takes on his hometown Habs tonight - a team with an ACTUAL history of winning.
Just, uh, not lately.
(Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
Game Day Recon: Game #69 - Canadiens @ Canucks
The Vancouver Canucks are mired in the doldrums of their regular season. With so little on the line right now for the team (the Northwest Division crown is all but guaranteed, and they've got a sizable lead on whoever wins the Pacific) they're playing for pride. Which, they finally showed some of on Thursday, though it doesn't mean this slump is in the rearview mirror. After all, even when they handily outplayed Winnipeg at home on Thursday, they were still only able to escape with a one-goal win.
Then along comes the woeful Montreal Canadiens. Injured, unlucky, but most awful, the Habs limp into Rogers Arena just trying to play out this regrettable and forgettable season while dreams of Nail Yakupov dance in their head.
With so many Canucks looking to break out of slumps... is THIS finally the game the team finally retrieves their offensive panache?
March 09 2012 03:06PM
Darren Haydar started scoring again. The Wolves started winning again. Funny how that works.
(Photo: Chris Jerina/AHL in Photos)
Wolf Prowl went away for a bit, but now it's back! After a tough finish to February, the Wolves got back to their winning ways this week.
March 09 2012 01:55PM
We know today where the Vancouver Canucks are likely to finish in the Western Conference. They may not technically have clinched the Northwest Division crown at this point, but with an 18-point gap separating them from second-ranked Colorado, that’s simply a formality. They also don’t have a mathematical lock on the first or second spot in the West, but with a 13-point gap between them and the current Pacific Division leader (Dallas), that’s another mere formality.
With so much certainty for the Canucks, who are their likely playoff opponents?