November 12 2013 09:06AM
The Higgins-Santorelli-Burrows line has been money since being put together.
Sunday night's loss to the Ducks marked a league-high 20th game of the season for the Vancouver Canucks, meaning that for all intents and purposes they've reached the quarter mark of the 2013-14 campaign (24.4% to be exact, for you sticklers out there).
Since the beginning of the year there have been relative highs, and on the other end of the spectrum, relative lows; some games that the team won even though they had no business doing so, and some games that the team lost even though they did everything but actually score more goals than their opposition. You know, all of the things you'd expect to see when you follow a team as closely as we do over a long enough period of time.
The power play's inability to find the back of the net (which has only been exacerbated by the team's struggles in actually getting on the man advantage in the first place), the play of their $9.6 million pairing, and the bottom-6 as is currently constructed are all legitimate concerns for the Canucks at the moment.
It's not all bad, though, as John Tortorella and Co. may've inadvertently stumbled into a gold mine - and given the team something they desperately needed - when the moved Ryan Kesler to Henrik Sedin's right wing. The trickle-down effect of the move was the unit of Chris Higgins-Mike Santorelli-Alex Burrows being thrown together as Vancouver's makeshift 2nd line. The result has been money for a team that couldn't buy any secondary scoring to save their collective lives last season.
November 11 2013 12:16PM
Due to some gremlins in the CanucksArmy blogware, this week's Giants report is a bit abbreviated. Read on past the jump for news involving criminal charges against leading scorers Brett Kulak and Jackson Houck, as well as a look ahead to one of the marquee weekends of the Giants' season.
November 10 2013 10:57PM
Smile, Tom, you silly man.
I kind of like the idea of a 'Corsi Cup', now that I actually think about it. Maybe we should've made coming up with what that would entail/look like the task for our contest (you still have time to participate, and potentially win a pair of sweet tickets against the Blackhawks!).
But I'm sure the fact that the Canucks controlled the majority of the game against the Anaheim Ducks will do nothing to appease the fans of this blog, after their team lost for the second time in two nights to finish off a road trip that saw them go 1-2-1. It's a long season, though - this particular game accounts for 1.2195122% of the season - and there were definitely some positives to take away from the performance, regardless of the result.
Read on past the jump for a look at what some of those were, if you'd like a little pick-me-up.
November 10 2013 01:39PM
The current cast of characters on the Anaheim Ducks sure do make it easy on us jokesters that enjoy having some fun at their expense. There's Dustin Penner's pancake escapades. There's Ryan Getzlaf's hair, and choice of beverage. There's.. whatever Corey Perry is doing here. Heck, there's even Mathieu Perreault's celebration.
What we can't make fun of, though, is what Vancouver's opponent on Sunday evening has done this season. They're 14-3-1 - including a 7-0-0 record at home - which is good for the highest point total in the league. So I think it's fair to say that the Canucks have their work cut out for them less than 24 hours after a rather embarrassing 5-1 loss at the hands of the Kings.
Read on past the jump for a quick preview of tonight's game. You'll note the 5PM PST start time, so plan your Sunday evening accordingly.
November 09 2013 11:29PM
It sure did, Mr. Burgundy. It sure did. Speaking of Ron Burgundy, the Vancouver Canucks probably could've used his services in the latter parts of Saturday night's 5-1 loss to the Kings, considering that Tom Sestito actually managed to ecclipse the 10-minute time on ice mark. Anything would've helped.
The Canucks are now 1-1-1 on their tough road trip through the Pacific Division, and are now looking at a quick turnaround for a game tomorrow evening against an Anaheim Ducks squad that is 7-0-0 at home on the season. While that doesn't sound overly promising, let's try to put Saturday night's events in perspective - because as we preach all the time, you can't just look at the result in a vacuum - just past the jump.