Canucks, Ballard Whiff Againt Canes: Recap and Chance Data

Thomas Drance
December 15 2011 09:06PM

Bieksa Score! Bieksa MAD!

The Canucks again failed to show up for a first period on the road, and even when they did turn it on they played poorly by their standard Thursday. So the result was predictable: another loss on the road to one of the NHL's premiere cellar dwellers. With Daniel Sedin scratched late, the team called up Mark Mancari from the Wolves, and threw Raymond onto the top line, where he was excellent. The Canucks controlled possession, and were the better team at even-strength, however, they couldn't buy a whistle, got mediocre goaltending from Cory Schneider and whiffed on some glorious chances late. 

The team better shape up as they roll into their former GM's barn in the center of the Universe on Saturday evening. For a game in mid-December, it's a big one. After all, it's the early game on Hockey Night in Canada, and your author will be in attendance. A more detailed recap, and scoring chance data after the jump.

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Headshots December 15th

Cam Davie
December 15 2011 02:32PM

Oh, silly AV. IQ is a number, not a measure of volume or mass.
But, hey, we'll give you a pass because you stuck up for your guys.
(Photo from via screen capture)

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, produced a tribute video or birthed a clever .gif into existence - please e-mail our fearless leader Thom at

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The Good, The Bad and The 24/7

Marda Miller
December 15 2011 02:07PM

It's the Holidays, which means 24/7 has Returned!

This is a weekly feature that will highlight The Good, The Bad and The *fill in the blank* exciting things that are currently happening in the NHL. Did Ovechkin catch up to Kessel in points? Did Roberto Luongo overcome his shootout-phobia? Did a Blackhawk have anything enlightening and insightful to say? When it comes to hockey, anything is possible.

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Game #31 Preview: Hurticanes

Cam Davie
December 15 2011 11:15AM

In their only meeting with the Canucks last year, the Hurricanes ran into the Ginger Bricks wall.
They have to face Schneiderman yet again.
(Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Game Day Recon: Game #31 - Canucks @ Hurricanes

Two teams on VERY different tracks. The Vancouver Canucks have climbed their way back up the standings, going 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. They're now in 5th in the Western Conference and within spitting distance of the division-leading Minnesota Wild. The Carolina Hurricanes are last in the East, 28th in the league, fired their coach and hired Kirk Muller to take over, and have only 1 win in their last 10 games.

Canucks have get in, get the win and get out. Like a bank robbery. Oh, hey look - they're playing at RBC Center.

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Delivering the Sauce: The Sedin's Bag of Tricks

Jeff Angus
December 15 2011 08:06AM

I promise I won’t mention anything about David Bolland or his comments in today’s post (from now on, of course), but I do want to talk a bit about the Sedins. The amount of criticism they receive isn’t really surprising. They are both humble, mild-mannered, clean players on the ice who do an immense amount of charity work and are fantastic human beings off the ice. So are why are some in the hockey world still criticising and mocking them? As we are starting to see with great frequency, winning and success breeds jealousy.

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