November 01 2011 12:30PM
This photo was taken exactly 11 months ago, in another Canucks/Flames game in Calgary.
Let's see... That guy has vanished. That guy is a superdouche. That guy has a wonky eye.
That guy got traded to Florida. And that guy with the funny hip has his clothes on.
(Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
Game Day Recon: Game #12 - Canucks @ Flames
The Canucks have owned the Flames over the last few seasons, especially in Calgary. However, the month of October once again treated the Canucks like its Daddy and threw the Canucks down the Western Conference standings. Luckily for the Canucks, their rainy Octobers almost always lead to sunny Novembers.
As the Canucks begin November in Cowtown, they'll be hoping that their dominance over the Flames and November shows itself once more. Another strong performance over the Flames will be an excellent way for the Canucks to kickstart a six-game road trip, which begins tonight at the Saddledome.
November 01 2011 08:46AM
The Jack O'Lanterns are angry. And so am I.
Photo courtesy architectips.com
Today I continue my weekly feature of me venting and raging on stupid crap happening with the Canucks, their fans and around the NHL. Two things about feature... 1) It will appear (hopefully) every Monday, and 2) It is blatantly ripped off from a stand-up bit from comedian Craig Anton. On either point, I make no apologies. Enjoy. Or don't.
In this week's edition, Raffi Torres has got 99 problems and CanucksArmy IS one, I hate on the Oilers, and on myself for giving props TO the Oilers, and some more Hallowe'en stuff.
November 01 2011 08:27AM
Having digested the issue for twenty-four hours, read through the comments (many of them exasperating, many of them thoughtful) on my original post, and read the excellent takes on the issue by better writers than I in Bruce Arthur and Harrison Mooney, I figured I'd try and sum up my thoughts about a days worth of dialogue. After this I'll return to Canucks Army's regularly scheduled programming of dry statistical analysis and prospect interviews and such.
October 31 2011 12:44PM
Over the weekend I read a really interesting piece on whether or not the Canucks are "Tuning out Alain Vigneault" by Joe Pelletier. Joe is a hockey historian, a Canucks fan and an absolute must-follow on twitter, so go do that. While I very much enjoyed his take, I disagreed with it in some respects and I figured it would be worthwhile to elaborate.
Here's the meat of Joe's take (I've paraphrased to some extent):
October 31 2011 08:31AM
What qualities make up an ideal fourth liner in hockey? If you polled fans, words like grit, toughness, tenacity, energy, and aggressiveness would likely be tossed about. The famed Grind Line, featuring Kirk Maltby, Kris Draper, and Darren McCarty, helped Detroit win multiple Stanley Cups. All three wouldn’t have looked out of place in a third line role, but they fit best when skating together on Detroit’s energy unit.