October 31 2013 12:32AM
The Canucks brief win streak came to a halt Wednesday night against Detroit, thanks in part to a weak-looking goal by Tomas Tatar that held up as the winner, but mostly because of a fairly tepid offensive performance from everybody. Generally, the Western Conference has dominated the Eastern Conference this season, but the Red Wings, who are really a Western team in disguise, had their way defensively with Vancouver, and it was like they never really left.
Despite a late third period burst, the Canucks never really mounted anything offensively and their top line lost their matchup quite heavily to Pavel Datsyuk & Co. Still, the Canucks had a late chance with a powerplay, but ultimately wound up on the wrong side of a 2-1 game. The Canucks record is not properly reflected in their play, and they've so far won a disproportionate number of one-goal games. After Wednesday's loss, the team is now 7-1-1 in games decided by a single goal.
Live by the one-goal game, die by the one-goal game.
October 30 2013 03:39PM
The matchup to follow tonight, no doubt. [Image via Jeff Vinnick]
Things are good in Vancouver right now, with the Canucks - who have won 4 in a row to improve to a 9-4-1 record, which is rather significantly better than I expected it to be at this point - coming off of a dominant performance against the Washington Capitals on Monday night.
The Detroit Red Wings come into town tonight and while they're certainly not your father's Wings they still provide intrigue. I'll save my thoughts on their lineup until we get past the jump, but - in something that's seems like a curious decision by quite possibly the best coach in hockey - expect to see a familiar (toothless) face on their top line.
Can the Canucks win their 5th game in a row and become the 4th fastest team to get to double digit victories on the season? Well..
October 30 2013 02:07PM
We assume you'd like to be in the building for a Canucks-Blackhawks game, yes?
Have you ever wanted to be as nerdy as a Canucks Army writer?
If you answered "yes" to the previous question, please reconsider your answer. Canucks Army is rolling out a fun and creative contest over the next couple of weeks to secure a pretty big prize to one of our loyal readers. The contest? Create a statistic, either a serious or joking one, and impress the panel of Army judges so much, that they decide to reward you with a pair of tickets to the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks game on November 23.
Yes, you'll be able to watch your favourite Canucks like Mike Santorelli and Brad Richardson carve into awful players from Chicago like Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and hurl vicious insults at Duncan Keith. Disclaimer: the tickets we're offering do not come with a guarantee that you'll score a goal on Corey Crawford's glove hand, and we're also advised to warn you that you may get wet if you sit in the splash zone.
October 29 2013 09:57AM
During the second intermission of the Canucks and Capitals game, friend of the Army Dan Murphy asked his panellists a question pertaining to the sustainability of Mike Santorelli's play. After two seasons that saw Santorelli bounce between the injured reserve, the waiver-wire, and worst of all, the Winnipeg Jets, there weren't an awful lot of expectations for the local kid. Our pre-season mock rosters all had Santorelli maybe acting as insurance should one of the Canucks young kids not make the team.
It's now towards the end of October and Santorelli is a pleasing presence on the Canucks, one that makes the team more likeable than anything. When you extrapolate his production over 82 games, nothing screams all that out-of-the-ordinary. He's on pace for 23 goals and 53 points, which would be very good for a second-line centre, but it's not like he's on pace to be a point-a-game guy or an all-star or anything.
October 28 2013 11:48PM
The Sedinery was strong in this one.
In the preview I highlighted two reasons this could be an exciting affair; Alex Ovechkin's brilliant play, and the troubles the Washington Capitals have had in stopping opposing teams from doing what they've wanted to against them thus far. One of those came true, and considering that this is a Canucks blog, I'm sure that many of our readers will be happy with which one it was.
Read on past the jump for a recap of how the Vancouver Canucks were able to win their 4th straight game en route to improving their record on the season to an impressive 9-4-1. I'll give you a quick hint: it had to do with the picture above.