May 07 2013 05:05PM
Chris Higgins is playing a lot of defence. That's not bad, but he's being paid to do more.
(Rich Lam/Getty Images photo)
A month ago, Chris HIggins re-upped with the green and blue for four years. At the time, it looked like a solid deal for both the soon-to-be-30-year-old and the Canucks. Brought in two years ago as a trade deadline depth player, Higgins exceeded expetations and has filled a swingman role on the wing since then.
But in the first three games of the playoffs, he, like many others, has been invisible. What's happened?
May 07 2013 01:11PM
Why so serious, Alain?
In the lead-up to Game 3, I brought up the fact that the Canucks were dominating and possession, and that if they kept it up, they were a few bounces from getting right back into the series. I also mentioned that the Sedins and Ryan Kesler were trending upwards, as was the team's penalty kill. All those things made me believe that - while an 0-2 hole with 2 games to play in San Jose is definitely not an ideal situation to be in - this series was far from over.
Then Game 3 happened, as the team completely unravelled in the span of a few minutes in the final frame, as San Jose blew the doors off of this series. At this point even the most delusionally optimistic fan must see the writing on the wall. Regardless, I have a difficult time seeing this team's core group of prideful veterans letting their season end in an embarassing sweep.
When Drance asked Ray Ferraro (during his appearance on the CanucksArmy Podcast) who he'd start in net for Game 4, Ferraro, in a roundabout way, echoed those sentiments: "I would probably play Luongo. I don't know if there is a longer term vision for that, but I get to a point here where we're not trying to win 4 games, we're trying to win 1. And right now Luongo has been very good in this series."
Read Past the Jump to Get Set for Tonight's Game.
May 07 2013 10:48AM
The guys in this photo have been some of the lone bright spots for the Canucks. Well, except for Marty Erat; he has been invisible.
"When I look at this series in an overview, San Jose's top players have been much much better than Vancouver's top players. San Jose's depth players have been better than Vancouver's depth players. And in totality, the goaltending has been better for San Jose."
That was a quote from Ray Ferraro from his appearance on the CanucksArmy podcast with Thomas Drance yesterday. And while it's obviously an oversimplification, he's definitely not wrong. Not too many things have gone right for the Canucks through 3 games of their opening round series against the Sharks. I think it's fair to say that at this point things could be going better for the team.
But it hasn't been all doom and gloom; two players in particular, who fans have been overly critical of in the past, have put forth encouraging performances amidst all of the disappointment.
Read on Past the Jump for Some Reasons to Stay Upbeat.
May 06 2013 06:10PM
How many times can you perform an autopsy?
Here at Canucks Army, we've found that you can do it at least three and a half times. We've got Dimitri Filipovic doing last night's gamer, some thoughts by Thomas Drance on the notion that the window's closing on the Sedin/Kesler/
Luongo era, a showdown of sorts between the very same Drance and Jeff Angus and a rad podcast where Ray Ferraro and some ex-Vancouver blogger-dudes drop by.
For some more links and the like from around the Smylosphere and beyond, click past the jump...
May 06 2013 03:13PM
We feel you Luongo.
Photograph by Jeff Gross/Getty Images
I'm not going to lie to you, this episode of the podcast is pretty depressing for diehard Canucks fans. But hopefully it'll be interesting too. We're joined in this episode by Ray Ferraro of TSN with whom we talked about the Canucks series he's calling and about analytics in hockey. We're also joined by ex-Kurtenbloggers Mike Halford and Jason Brough who currently work at breakneck speed over at NBC's Pro Hockey Talk blog (in fact, they posted three times while you were reading this introduction).
Click past the jump to listen.