March 20 2013 10:30AM
I am not Brandon Dubinsky’s agent. However, I am going to pretend I am for the next 1000 words (give or take). Grantland writer Bill Barnwell recently wrote his NFL free agent previews this way – he would attempt to pitch or ‘sell’ the player to prospective GMs.
March 20 2013 12:33AM
Rust? What rust? Schneider was tremendous in the early going, keeping the Canucks in it until they found their legs.
This game probably justifies having three separate recaps, since none of the periods really had anything to do with each other. It makes me wonder what a potential fourth period of hockey would have looked like; likely a bunch of sluggish, tired play since it's, you know, a fourth period of hockey.
The Canucks shrugged off a nearly disastrous opening 20 minutes, before taking control of the game in the middle frame en route to a 3-0 lead. Things got dicey in the third as the Blues countered with an onslaught of their own, but the home team wound up holding on for a desperately needed 2 points.
Read on Past the Jump for Analysis, and Scoring Chance Data.
March 19 2013 03:17PM
Here's a Zack Kassian tryptch because why not?
Image via Sealcat.
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March 19 2013 01:32PM
Jordan Schroeder did something well, but the Canucks aren't celebrating. They're trying to get him back on the bench, per the coaches orders. That's how Alain Vigneault rolls.
It's a short turn-around for the Vancouver Canucks, as they don't have very much time to dwell on their perplexing loss to the Minnesota Wild on Monday night. The St. Louis Blues come into town, and things could get ugly if the Canucks don't figure out a way to turn things around on the fly. Especially given how well the opposition has been playing in recent weeks.
Forget the Northwest Division title for now; the Canucks flat out need to start getting some wins. They are 3-5-2 in their last 10, and suddenly find themselves in a fight just to stay in the Western Conference's top 8. A good place to start the climb back up the standings would be tonight against a fellow puck possession juggernaut.
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March 19 2013 11:59AM
Joe Thornton and Roberto Luongo discuss how playoff success is over-rated.
If there's an NHL organization I can look at that has shared the same level of successes and failures over the past decade as the Vancouver Canucks, it's the San Jose Sharks (although the Sharks are a group that has somehow withstood more moments of wretched heartbreak and appear to be on a faster track out of contention.)
The randomness of a playoff series or a playoff tournament changes so many perceptions about how teams are built. This isn't just about how the Canucks failed to ride the percentages in a seven-game series with the eventual 2011 Stanley Cup Champions. This is about how, over years, singular seasons of a franchise become a bright beacon illuminating the success and process of a management group.
Read on past the jump.