March 03 2013 12:02AM
Henrik Sedin came to play tonight, and managed to thrive against a tough opponent in Anze Kopitar.
Things were nowhere near as bad as some people would have had you believe - quite frankly they rarely ever are - heading into Saturday night's game for the Vancouver Canucks, but they were still reeling, nonetheless. Two straight poor efforts and an injury to a key contributor will do that to a team.
But in front of a national audience on Hockey Night in Canada, with Don Cherry and Ron MacLean in the house, the Canucks managed to regroup and put together a solid 5-2 win. There were definitely positives to be taken from the performance all the way around.
It's Saturday night, so let's bang through this like Jeff Carter bangs through, well, you can finish that sentence as you see fit.
Read on Past the Jump for the Scoring Chance Data, and Analysis.
March 02 2013 03:30PM
If you hadn’t watched a single Canucks game in 2013 and only looked at the numbers, Jordan Schroeder’s rookie season wouldn’t jump out at you. The diminutive center has two goals and five points in 17 games (roughly a 25 point pace over a full 82 game season). He has seen some time on the power play (and he will likely return to the top unit now that Ryan Kesler is out with a broken foot), but his numbers aren’t really all that impressive.
So why are some people (myself included) so bullish on Schroeder and his NHL upside?
March 02 2013 02:16PM
What a week from hell for the Canucks, as nearly everything that could have gone wrong in the past 7 days went, well, wrong. They took a shellacking from the Red Wings, and they then followed that up by putting forth what I'd generously call a less than stellar effort on home ice against the Phoenix Coyotes.
But of course all of that was nothing compared to the despair felt when it was announced that Ryan Kesler would be on the shelf for 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his foot. It's like the Canucks and their fans just got a sweet new toy to play with, were finally getting used to how it worked, only to have it taken away again. Oh, and if that wasn't enough, they in essence replaced Aaron Volpatti with Tom Sestito; a move which Don Cherry surely supports.
Needless to say, the Canucks (and their fans) could use a strong effort and two points in this nationally televised game against the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
Read on Past the Jump for more on the Game.
March 02 2013 12:29PM
Note for Canucks trainers: stop putting Malk in Ryan Kesler's water bottle.
This is a regular Friday feature - that's running on Saturday for one week only! - combining a healthy mixture of observation, analysis, and foresight on the Vancouver Canucks. If you'd like to get at me about anything covered in this column, follow me on Twitter at @yyjordan and let's start a textual relationship (wink).
March 01 2013 12:19PM
Sestito to Canucks, ebbett back to wolves, burrows and/or Raymond to centre— Jason Botchford (@botchford) March 1, 2013
Okay so this is weird. According to Jason Botchford, the Canucks have decided to return centreman Andrew Ebbett to Chicago in favour of adding a heavy-weight in Tom Sestito and playing a winger out of position at centre. This is a confusing move, though Ebbett has been over-matched and unimpressive in his time with the Canucks so far this season, so I think I get what angle the Canucks are playing at (somewhat).
But the question remains which player is the better option at centre - Raymond or Burrows? We'll get into it after the jump.