April 09 2013 12:05PM
Derek Roy selects his weapon of choice.
Photo Credit: Jeff Vinnick via NHLI
The day before the trade deadline Mike Gillis and the Canucks acquired centreman Derek Roy from the Dallas Stars. Though Gillis made more calls that day than Kobe will get in a first round matchup between the Lakers and Spurs later this month, it was his only meaningful move.
The lack of action disappointed some Canucks fans who empathized with Roberto Luongo and got ahead of themselves when Laurence Gilman went on the radio and told fans that the team was "all in." But as we wrote at the time, Mike Gillis managed to go out and get the one piece his team absolutely had to get - another NHL quality top-six centreman - and he did so at a relatively affordable rental price too.
So how is Derek Roy fitting in so far, and what changes has he wrought in the Canucks lineup? Let's wade into some numbers on the other side of the jump.
April 09 2013 01:03AM
Not only did Ryan Kesler make his return on Monday night, but he also wound up scoring the game-winning goal.
Photo Credit: Rich Lam/Getty Images.
There have been many times this season where the Vancouver Canucks - whether their hand was forced by injuries or not - seemed more than content to score a goal or two, and then spend the rest of the game hanging on for dear life until the final horn. In fact, Monday night marked the 4th time this season that the team won by a score of 1-0.
Except this time around, the fans surely left satisfied, with very few reservations to be had. What distinguished this particular performance from those other ones was the fact that the team was on the attack throughout, peppering the opposition. Realistically they could have easily scored 4 or 5 goals if not for a spectacular performance by Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith, who did everything he could to keep his team in it.
Most nights, though, the opposing goalie won't be able to do what Smith did, and if this effort was any indication, there won't be many snoozers to close out the remainder of the season.
Scoring Chance Data and Analysis of the Game are Just Past the Jump.
April 08 2013 06:06PM
Today at Canucks Army we thought it was time to retire Bure's number (something I'm still personally unconvinced about because I'm the world's grumpiest young man), previewed tonight's Canucks home-game against the Phoenix Coyotes and looked at what we can expect from Vancouver's forward deployments headed into the postseason.
Read past the jump for some news and stuff.
April 08 2013 01:42PM
Last time out, Alex Edler laid the boom on Mike Smith. Will the Coyotes be seeking retribution?
With the seemingly rushed nature of this shortened season, it feels as if a significant amount of time has passed since these two teams last met; when in reality, that game in Glendale was less than 3 weeks ago. As you'll recall that game featured an impromptu Alex Edler-Mike Smith powwow behind the net (eventually leading to a 2 game suspension), and a makeshift lineup for Vancouver due to a myriad of injuries. Heck, the only two goals for the Canucks in that game came from Chris Tanev and Jordan Schroeder. I'd be willing to be that doesn't happen again, and since I'm a nice guy, I'll even give you some cushy odds.
Monday night's meeting at Rogers Arena will mark the 3rd and final game of the season series between the two, with the visiting team taking each of the first two meetings. The Canucks will be looking to buck that trend; a task which will surely be aided by the fact that they will be, for the most part, legitimately icing 12 NHL forwards and 6 NHL defensemen (though Tom Sestito would like to have a word about that, I'm sure).
More on the Game Right Past the Jump.
April 08 2013 10:10AM
How will Alain Vigneault deploy his forwards in the postseason? Assuming Henrik Sedin, Ryan Kesler, Derek Roy, and Max Lapierre are all healthy, it wouldn't be a stretch to expect Lapierre to bear the brunt of the heavy lifting (from a defensive zone start perspective), while the Roy line (with Chris Higgins and Jannik Hansen) would be another defensive/two-way line to lean on.
Roy isn't as strong at faceoffs as either Kesler or Sedin, and this also assumes that Zack Kassian is able to contribute on a line with Kesler (which may be a stretch).
Let's look a little further at this, shall we?