April 29 2013 10:51AM
Ryan Kesler and David Booth battled injuries all season. In doing so they made me look bad.
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Before the 2011-12 season I predicted Vancouver Canucks goal totals over at Pass it to Bulis and I did astonishingly well over the 82 game season:
My overall team predictions were much more successful: I had the Canucks scoring 57 power-play goals (they have 55), 178 even-strength goals (they’ve scored 176), 7 short-handed goals (the Canucks have 7) and 5 shootout winners (they’ve scored 8). That my friends, is some serious Rainman schtick.
Yep, I was pretty proud of myself. Well, this season my bubble burst and the model fared significantly less well. I'll dive into why after the jump.
April 28 2013 10:06PM
Whoa, the Canucks series won't be on CBC?
Photo Credit Jeff Vinnick/Behind the Lens
So the playoff schedule is set, and the Canucks will open their first round series against the San Jose Sharks at Rogers Arena on Wednesday night at 7:30 PM Pacific Standard Time. In an interesting and somewhat surpising move, the CBC, which gets to pick the Canadian broadcast rights to the two series they want most before TSN gets their first selection, decided to pass on the Pacific Time Zone series between the Sharks and the Canucks. So the CBC picked the Toronto versus Boston series and all-Canadian Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series between the Habs and the Senators instead, with TSN happily snapping up the Canucks series.
Read past the jump.
April 28 2013 09:38PM
Canucks grinder Steve Pinizzotto knows what to listen to while eating energy bars.
Photograph by Jeff Vinnick/Behind The Lens
This week, and hopefully into late May and early June, we'll be brining you wall-to-wall coverage of the Canucks playoff run. So consider this podcast an hors d'oeuvres of sorts.
For the second episode of the podcast we're joined by CBC's Elliotte Friedman, who talks about Vancouver's defence oriented identity this season and his network's raw deal on playoff broadcast rights. We're also joined by NHL.com correspondent and InGoal magazine editor Kevin Woodley, he gives us an in-depth scouting report on Sharks goaltender Antii Niemi and updates on all things Canucks-goaltending going into the postseason.
Click past the jump to listen.
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We're still trying to clear a final few hurdles to get the podcast up on iTunes, so we're hoping that'll happen for next week. Hope you enjoy the podcast.
April 28 2013 01:20PM
Be afraid Canucks fans, be very afraid.
The Canucks enter the postseason as the Northwest Division champs for the fifth consecutive year, and the current core has been through a lot together over those five years – lots of highs (San Jose Game 5, Chicago Game 7), and lots of lows (Boston Game 7, the first two Chicago matchups).
They know what it takes to win in the playoffs. Structured defense, discipline*, goaltending, and some luck.
The Canucks haven’t been the same electric offensive team in 2013 as they have been in the past few years, due in large part to personnel changes and injuries. However, they have tweaked the system and turned in some impressive defensive performances. The Chris Tanev high ankle sprain is a worrisome injury, and the team will be in tough to balance three pairings without him.
Let’s take a look at five possible areas of concern heading into the 2013 postseason.
April 28 2013 10:21AM
Alright dudes, we finished outside the bottom-5! Can't wait for summer vacation and a standing O from the fans!
Photo by John Ulan/NHLI via Getty Images
The playoff matchups are set and the Canucks will face a very good hockey team in the San Jose Sharks in their first round series this week. It promises to be a good one, partly because it'll feature a Canucks team that doesn't play the likes of Derek Joslin and Cam Barker for nearly twenty-minutes a game. On Saturday night, the Canucks did just that and were stomped by the Edmonton Oilers in a really ugly five minute span. Last month in Edmonton that span came right at the start of the game, and on Saturday night it came right at the end. As the Canucks advance to the playoffs, perhaps we should be happy that they won't face the young Oilers in Edmonton exclusively on Hockey Night in Canada in the first round...
Read past the jump for scoring chance data and some analysis.