April 18 2012 10:44AM
(Header courtesy theyslayedthedragon)
Well, it's Do or Die now. A win tonight staves off possible elimination for 4 days. A loss sends the Canucks packing into the off-season with a whole lot of decisions to make. While a progression past this first round seems unlikely, if not impossible, Canucks fans are hoping to see their favourite team return home for at least one more game.
Tonight, though, the big question is: Will he or won't he? Will Daniel Sedin be healthy enough to make a triumphant return to the lineup? Many Canucks fans are praying to see #22 on the ice tonight, in hopes that his return can spark the team into a belated appearance in the "win" column.
Click past the jump for key performers and more detailed game information.
April 17 2012 03:36PM
Through four game in the team's preliminary round series against the Los Angeles Kings, the Canucks have barely been able to buy a goal. Despite out-shooting and out-chancing their opponents, only four of Vancouver's shots have found the back of the net, and only two of those four goals came off of scoring chances.
Clearly the Canucks miss their leading scorer Daniel Sedin, and lo and behold, with the club on the brink of becoming the first President's Trophy winner to be swept in round one of the postseason, Daniel returned to practice Tuesday afternoon. While the proposition of him dressing in game four remains presumptuous, it certainly looks like he's preparing for the possibility of suiting up for Wednesday night's game.
Click past the jump for more.
April 17 2012 12:23PM
So the Canucks have put themselves in a rather notorious hole. Only three teams in NHL history have managed to come back from being down 3 games to none. How did they do it?
April 16 2012 04:46PM
Ryan Kesler is angry. And so am I. But when I'm angry, I don't collapse in a heap and
immediately look at a referee with my hands in the air.
(Photo by Ben Nelms, Reuters)
Today I continue my weekly feature of me venting and raging on stupid crap happening with the Canucks, their fans and around the NHL. Two things about feature... 1) It will appear (hopefully) every Monday, and 2) It is blatantly ripped off from a stand-up bit from comedian Craig Anton. On either point, I make no apologies. Enjoy. Or don't.
This week, I give a Shanaban to the "Faint Hope" clause, Playoff Kesler and my own inexplicable beliefs.
April 16 2012 02:02PM
As I've already written today, we'll start with the Canucks postmortems when that becomes appropriate: when the Canucks season is done, dead, and buried in the ground. At the moment, the season is on life-support, but I'm interested in seeing how the Canucks respond to their current deficit before wading into the muck and thoroughly analyzing what happened to the team this season.
Other bloggers, like our buddy Wyatt over at the Legion of Blog have already started in on the "Vigneault's future and expiry date" discussion. That's fair enough, and while we'll still wait until after the season to perform our more detailed autopsy - I want to briefly cover and debunk a widespread, and patently false misconception that many Canucks fans subscribe too: that Vigneault is consistently out-coached in the postseason.
We'll examine the fossil record, after the jump!