January 09 2014 11:25AM
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After a wildly successful month of December in the Win/Loss column, January has been far less forgiving to the Canucks thus far. They're 0-2-3 in their past 5, and have already given up just 5 fewer goals in January than they did in the entire previous month. The thing about winning is that, while obviously being the ultimate goal, it can also prove to be somewhat of a fool's gold by thinly veiling larger underlying issues.
While getting the two points from a game is nice, ideally you'd like to do it in a way that'll lend itself to future success. A blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while, a broken clock is right twice a day, and hockey teams run into stretches of play where fortunate bounces string together a winning streak. It's not something you should bank on, though. Just ask the '11-'12 Minnesota Wild, and the Randy Carlyle Era Toronto Maple Leafs.
This is why we constantly preach the importance of puck possession on this platform; while it should make intuitive sense that having the puck more often than your opponent is a good thing, some people still choose to overlook its importance, despite ample evidence proving that its the best predictor we have for future success.
All of which brings us to the recent woes for the Vancouver Canucks; they've failed to register a win over the past 5 games now, and there are some worrying trends. Their ability to drive play has been sinking faster than Alex Burrows' bid for Sochi. Anyways, this is something I've been following this for a while, and I figured that with an extra day off between games this was as good a time as any to explore the negative trend further.
January 08 2014 06:44PM
It's been an eventful first week of action around the WHL. The Giants won a couple of huge games and made a significant trade, while the rival Victoria Royals made a huge splash in the trade market and the annual World U-17 and U-20 Championships came to an end. For a look at what's gone on in the past week around the WHL and how some recent moves will affect the playoff landscape going forward, read past the jump.
January 08 2014 12:31PM
Courtesy of the Utica Comets Fan Club
Welcome to this week's Canucks weekly prospect report, in which it seems like the Comets have been playing the exact same as the Canucks as they have not yet won a game in 2014. Then again, with all of the recalls to the Vancouver
Comets Canucks one can't expect too much else.
There's still good news in the other leagues, though, so make sure to keep on reading. As always, follow @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.
Let's get to it, shall we?
January 08 2014 12:30AM
That was an eventful game, for lack of a better term. "Schizophrenic" is a good adjective to describe it. Things went from bad to good to bad then really bad in a hurry, as the Canucks somehow managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory from the jaws of defeat. Read past the jump for a recap of just how the hell they managed to do it this time in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
January 07 2014 03:28PM
I was busy writing the preview for the Toronto-New York game up at sister website theleafsnation.com, so this one was a little slow to go up. Just think of it as your first experience with having Canucks content delayed by Leafs stuff, as it is one of those famous TSN doubleheaders with the Toronto game first and the Vancouver game second. Thankfully, the first one starts at 4…
Anyway, about this game, there's a relatively small amount of buzz surrounding it, and Olympic team selections Brooks Orpik and Chris Kunitz, which I'm sure is the major draw going in. Minor matters, the Canucks are on a bit of a tailspin of late, losing four straight with their backup goaltender and resulting in a couple of curious lineup decisions. We think.
Also important, the return of Taylor Pyatt!