April 16 2012 12:26AM
(Danny Moloshok, REUTERS)
Not a good night, was this?
Cory Schneider came in, and the team showed some promise early, out-shooting Los Angeles 11-5 in the first period and bringing it to 24-11 through two. The team kept LA to a minimal amount of scoring chances in the early going, but on the inverse, many of their efforts were calm attempts from out-side the perimeter. LA broke through in the third on a goal by Dustin Brown. We know this, so do the Canucks, and, for the first time since 2001, the Canucks will head into the fourth game of a series down 3 games to 0.
What's there to go over? We have a few numbers and bullet points in the next few hundred words, as usual. Since it's a tough loss, we won't keep you for very long past the jump.
April 15 2012 02:20PM
With the Canucks down two games to none in their first round series against the L.A. Kings, head-coach Alain Vigneault doesn't have a lot of cards left to play. One of his possible trump cards, however, is stalwart backup goaltender Cory Schneider. Vigneault is going all in for game three, as he's confirmed that Cory Schneider will get the nod in net on Sunday evening.
Click past the jump for more.
April 15 2012 01:06PM
It's not too late for the Canucks to become King Slayers.
Image via redditor Social Cocoon
It's one of sports-writing's great hackneyed inaccuracies, the "must win" game.
Regardless of what you may hear on the radio today, tonight's game is not by definition a "must win" and regardless of the outcome of game three, game four will go in Los Angeles on Wednesday. But conventional wisdom isn't all wrong in this case, and if Vancouver's club wants to have a serious shot at getting back into this series, they're going to need a favorable result this evening.
And what better place than Hollywood to flip the script? Vancouver's Stanley Cup aspirations are on life-support, and against a really good defensive team that plays in front of a very good goaltender - that's a especially bleak proposition. But tonight's game is also a tremendous opportunity for the team.
With two days off before game four, and three after that before game five back in Vancouver (if necessary) - the Canucks are well poised to reverse Los Angeles' momentum if they can win tonight. And if the Canucks can play a full sixty minutes, like they have in stretches five-on-five against Los Angeles, there is no doubt that they can play their way back into the series.
Click past the jump for a more detailed preview of Sunday night's game!
April 15 2012 11:25AM
As Canucks fans stare into the abyss of a potential first round upset, Oilers fans are left celebrating the only thing the team seems to win these days - the draft lottery. For the third straight year, Edmonton will select first overall in June, meaning the only thing left to debate is whether the club will pick Nail Yakupov or choose to plug other holes on the roster by trading down.
To tackle this question and other matters, Allan talked with a number of notable gents yesterday, including player agent Tom Lynn, advanced stats guru Gabriel Desjardins and Oil Kings play-by-play voice Corey Graham.
This is Nation radio.
April 13 2012 11:37PM
There isn't much here. We know the score, we know the team is on the brink, we know that there's clearly something missing from this group. The team is playing a scoring chance behind every shift and leaving shots on the ice.
Toughness? Grit? Tiredness? I forget the story at this point. Vancouver had a tepid, predictable powerplay. Few positives to take from it, and they also allowed a pair of shorthanded goals (although I guess one ~technically~ wasn't).
I won't take too much of your time. It's Friday, we know the score, we know the stakes. I'll have a few thoughts on Roberto Luongo vs. Cory Schneider debate that's sure to pop up in the coming day, along with the usual stuff: chances, the Statistical Three Stars, and the Statistical Three Goats.