April 13 2013 05:36PM
Photograph by: Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images
The Canucks played with fire throughout Saturday afternoon's game against the Avalanche, and ultimately they got burned. From the team's inability to control play against one of the league's worst teams, to the fact that they had more turnovers than a restless sleeper - this wasn't a game that Vancouver deserved to win.
More analysis and also scoring chance data after the jump.
April 13 2013 04:04PM
"Sure, I could give you an autograph...but then I'd have to kill you." (Photo: Jeff Vinnick/Canucks.nhl.com)
This is a regular Friday feature — running on Saturday this week — combining a healthy mixture of observation, analysis, and foresight on the Vancouver Canucks. If you'd like to get at me about anything covered in this column, follow me on Twitter at @yyjordan and let's start a textual relationship (wink).
April 13 2013 10:48AM
Photo Credit: Rich Lam/Getty Images
Among the four Northwest Division also rans, the Avalanche were my preseason pick to overachieve expectations. Instead they've put in a thoroughly miserable season culminating in the team getting called out vociferously by veteran netminder J.S. GIguere.
The Avalanche are in full on "not winning for MacKinnon" mode at this point and probably won't pose much of a stiff test for the Canucks, who haven't lost to the Avalanche since January of 2011 (and that was in OT). Going back three seasons the Canucks have put up a hilarious 14-0-1 record against Colorado's club and will look to win a fifteenth against their divisional rival this afternoon in Denver. Frankly I'd expect to see the Avalanche show some pride and give the Canucks a game on Saturday afternoon, with Cory Schneider being up to the task and the Canucks winning anyway as is their usual wont...
Read on past the jump.
April 12 2013 01:07PM
Photo Credit: VanCityAllie/Flickr
In Vancouver, a veritable mecca of hockey controversy, the term “bandwagoner” can be controversial in and of itself. Even the origin of the word is controversial. It is widely accepted that the term began with Dan Rice parading a popular politician around on a circus wagon, but that may not be the case. To make this clear, I define a bandwagoner as any fan that follows most of the following guidelines: (read past the jump for those guidelines and more!).
April 11 2013 08:10PM
Photo Credit: Jeff Vinnick/Behind the Lens.
Today Canucks Army, the Canucks blog that steadfastly refuses to watch the games, we recapped Wednesday night's 4-1 Canucks victory over the Calgary Flames, we marvelled at Chris Higgin's penalty-killing prowess, pointed out why some fans and media are making too much of Mason Raymond's offensive struggles in the postseason and gave Alexandre Burrows some credit for his best defensive season as a professional hockey player.
Read past the jump for more dry wit, Canucks links and stuff about Zack Kassian.