January 29 2014 10:16AM
Umm.. [Image via Puck Daddy]
January has truly been the month from hell for the Vancouver Canucks. They've gone 4-7-2, but somehow it feels like it's almost been worse than that. There have been some losses that I'd characterize as both embarrassing and largely forgettable. After the way last season had concluded - and the way the summer went, with the lowered cap essentially handcuffing Mike Gillis from making any sort of big moves - we knew that this team was a far cry from the (Presidents' Trophy!) champion of years past.
But things have been so, so, so much worse with all of the injuries the team has been racking up. A squad that was already dealing with depth issues has really been decimated for weeks now, most recently having to play without 2 of its top 3 centers. So its not exactly surprising that they've had difficulties scoring, with the Brad Richardsons of the world being thrust into roles their individual skillsets don't allow them to succeed in.
Something that needs to be discussed, despite how unpleasant it may be: the fact that Daniel Sedin probably can't hit the broad sign of a barn at this point. During a stretch where his team has scored 25 goals total in 13 games (dropping them all the way down to 22nd in the league on the season), the most prolific scorer in the franchise's history has failed to score once. That's a problem, and has been for a while now. Jim Jamieson broke the ice this morning, and we'll take the baton from him.
January 28 2014 08:31PM
Hey folks, having made my mark (for better, and surely worse) on nearly every other Canucks blog in town, I felt the time had come for me to take my talents to Canucks Army. In what I hope is the first of many appearances, I’ll be highlighting work from around the interwebs in tonight’s version of the evening headshots. While the results from last night leave more than a little to be desired, the reaction and ensuing blogs from local writers do their best to soften the blow.
And in turn, I’ll do my best to showcase all their fine work right after the jump.
January 27 2014 11:57PM
"Since neither of us are good at hockey, let's give rugby a shot, shall we?" [Image via Adam Gretz]
Let's not sugarcoat things, because losing to the Edmonton Oilers (a team that could actually conceivably be the worst team in the league; yes, even worse than the Buffalo Sabres) surely represents a new low point for a team that has endured some pretty embarrassing results in recent memory. Especially when it happens at home.
But it's also one that's not necessarily all that surprising, and certainly one that needs to be put into perspective. Everything is a jumbled mess right now, with players being asked to fill roles their natural talent level doesn't allow them to fill. Their recent 4-game stretch of "getting by" was more of a testament to their opponents' misery than it was to the Canucks suddenly turning a corner.
.. and Monday night, the ineptitude that has been a byproduct of missing two of their top 3 centers finally caught up with them, coming back to bite them in the rear. Read on past the jump for a recap of the humbling loss.
January 27 2014 03:22PM
The Canucks and Oilers played each other just 6 days ago, and while that can have its advantages in terms of things spilling over from one meeting to the other, helping build a story of sorts.. it makes previewing the game the second time out a total nuisance. What else is there to say? Not much has really changed since the January 21st game preview.
But thankfully, we've got a player making his return to the Canucks lineup tonight to report on, plus some thoughts on tonight's starting goaltender. So read on past the jump for more on that..
January 26 2014 11:19PM
Really, I have no idea how to describe Vancouver's 5-4 overtime win against Phoenix in any way that isn't a series on nonsensical grunts and surprised-sounding noises. Vancouver was badly outshot, but carried a lot of the possession. Antoine Vermette scored on one of his shots, but registered a hat-trick. Mike Smith did Mike Smith things.
Really though, the powerplay reached a season low-point, which is saying something considering that its prevailing ineptitude in January was quite a low point on its own. The Canucks were out-shot and out-scored on their own powerplays, but still managed to come away with a victory because hockey is stupid sometimes.
Zac Dalpe was one of Vancouver's best players for god sakes. It was that type of night.