October 12 2014 01:38AM
Another step closer to the coveted 82-0 season that has eluded this franchise all these years. It wasn't easy, but the Canucks persevered through a boring and less than fortuitous first half en route to an exciting 5-4 victory in the shootout.
The aforementioned boredom reared its ugly head before the puck had even dropped. The Canucks made their introductions, from the training staff all the way to Top Sixtito. There's been considerable changes made to this roster and this was about as good an introduction to the new faces as could be forced upon this markets faithful.
A delayed puck drop did little to alleviate this lull. The Canucks stepped out of the gate flat and listless. An opportunistic Oilers squad with an extended history of disdain for Vancouver hopped on this opportunity to the eventual tune of a 4-2 lead. PDO is a fickle mistress and the Canucks had clearly been neglecting her calls for the better part of this week. Score effects? That's another story.
October 11 2014 05:46PM
For the third time in little over a week, the Vancouver Canucks are set to face the Edmonton Oilers. Tonight's tilt is set to take place at Rogers Arena, with the visiting Oilers fresh off the heels of a 5-2 loss at the hands of their provincial rival, Calgary Flames.
Not that pride has ever been in high-supply within that locker room, but they're a year older and perhaps it's an acquired taste that they're just now beginning to introduce to their palate. It's within the realm of possibility that they come out all guns firing and better prepared for the Canucks than we could ever imagine.
By that same token, the recent matchup totals between these two clubs in Rogers Arena aren't overly flattering of the Oilers or their chances tonight. Over the past five seasons, the Oilers have accrued a 3-10-1 record in Vancouver.
There's a great little rivalry brewing between these two clubs. Regardless of whether Zack Kassian invokes Copper and Blue's use of the the Code of Hammurabi again, it should be fun.
October 11 2014 10:00AM
Welcome to the first of what will hopefully be at least a handful of my round-ups of the Canucks off-ice adventures. Ideally there will consistently be enough material here to distract from the inevitable goaltending controversy, broken defensemen, and general despair throughout the season.
Read past the jump for our first installment of your new favourite Canucks Army feature, Babych Please!
Nation World HQ
October 11 2014 07:30AM
Our friends at The Royal Half have created the Pacific War Room… a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the
best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams. In alphabetical order of the teams in the Pacific Division… we present the second installment of Pacific War Room for the 2014-15 NHL Season.
October 10 2014 05:00PM
As dominant as the Sedins have been for the better part of this last decade, the same cannot be said of their right flank. Players with varying degrees of talent and ability have come and gone on that line, with about half of them never panning out elsewhere. Everyone from Trent Klatt, Anson Carter, Markus Naslund, Taylor Pyatt, Mikael Samuelsson and Alex Burrows all got their shot with the twins. Some stays being longer than others.
The closest that the Sedins have ever been to a permanent fixture on the right side is none other than Alex Burrows. Last season saw the Canucks take a step away from that trio, though. A series of injuries to Burrows and the concept of front-loading the Canucks offence with Ryan Kesler as their right-winger and trigger-man spelled the beginning of that end.
This off-season, the Canucks did their best to make that switch from Burrows the rule, not the exception. They did so by signing Radim Vrbata, formerly of the Arizona Coyotes. At 33 years old, it seems highly unlikely that the Canucks see Vrbata as the long-term fixture on that line. It's evident in the contract they signed Vrbata to, which runs for just two-years at $5 million per season.
What are the Canucks getting in Vrbata, though? Can he help resuscitate the Sedins offense? I'll try to answer both these questions, on the other side of the jump.