The rivalry that never was

Cam Charron
October 26 2011 02:11PM

The Vancouver Canucks play the St. Louis Blues tonight for the first of four regular season meetings. There is otherwise nothing special about this hockey game: It's a mid-week game, will be a rare Wednesday night match-up that isnt broadcast nationally, and the hype going into the game has nothing to do with the opponent.


We all remember the 7-game series that the two team's played in 1995, highlighted by Canuck captain Trevor Linden checking Jeff Norton through the glass—and punctuated by Kirk McLean's 41-save performance in Game Seven.

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Vigneault's Pairings

Thomas Drance
October 26 2011 01:11PM


At the 24 minute mark of last night's 3-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, with the game beginning to get out of hand, Alain Vigneault juggled the team's defensive pairings. To start the season Alain Vigneault deployed his defense the way we all expected, but over the last week, the Canucks head-coach changed-up and radically altered his handling of the team's blueliners. Let's take a closer look at the likely reasons behind this, how effective these pairings have been, and whether or not we can expect last week's deployment-pattern to continue.

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Game #10 Preview: Arch-Nemesis

Cam Davie
October 26 2011 11:58AM

Hey, Daniel. Could you tell you the res of the team that tonight's home game starts at 7 o'clock.
No. SEVEN. Yeah, I know. Weird, eh?
(Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Game Day Recon: Game #10 - Blues @ Canucks

The Canucks don't get much of an opportunity to sulk and wallow about their loss last night, as they face the St. Louis 24.5 hours after the start of their last game.

The Canucks have already have one set of back-to-back games this year. In game 1, they lost by one goal, then got shellacked in game 2 (the score line was not representative of the tilt in play). Vancouver is looking to seal a different fate tonight and maybe a return to Rogers Arena is what they need.

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Wolf Prowl - October 26th, 2011

Patrick Johnston
October 26 2011 09:49AM

The Wolves played a triple-header over the weekend, sorted out their captaincy and got good news at centre ice. Read all about in this week's edition of Wolf Prowl

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Canucks Mail in Two Thirds of Game, Narrowly Lose to Children

Thomas Drance
October 26 2011 12:20AM

All higlights courtesy @CanucksHD

Despite his looking somewhat foolish on this goal, the Edmonton Oilers relied on Nikolai Khabibulin tonight, and the much mocked goaltender came through. He made 33 stops on the evening, and was only beaten on one shot for which, he was in the net. On this particular piece of Sedinery, however, Khabibulin is in Tim Thomas land by the time Alex Burrows taps it into a nearly wide-open cage. There aren't many things in hockey that get me quite as pumped up as a masterfully completed Sedin rush.  

It wasn't just Khabibulin who defeated the Canucks, however, the Oilers also enjoyed some puck-luck, and some opportunistic finishing from their emerging young stars, to topple the revamped Canucks machine on Tuesday night. The season is now progressing rapidly, but we've still only seen the Canucks play one road game. Sure the locations change, but it's the same script every time: Luongo plays poorly or gets chased, the defense is mediocre, the Sedins don't show up until the third (if at all) and the team puts in a sloppy first forty minutes, then goes on a "too-little-too-late" push in the third. People like to mock Vancouver's hockey team, and the team's starting goaltender, for being "unable to perform in April or June," but the Canucks are really just lucky that the playoffs aren't held in October.

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