February 06 2014 10:18PM
It's usually disingenuous to label a matchup between two teams as "PLAYER A VS. PLAYER B" especially when those two players are goaltenders, but since we are just days away from the beginning of the Sochi Olympics, the allure of billing Vancouver-Montreal as Luongo vs. Price for Canada's starting job was all the more tempting. As it turns out, the head-to-head goaltending battle never really materialized as Max Pacioretty and the Canucks' hilarious defence stole the show in a 5-2 Canucks loss to the Habs.
For a recap of tonight's events and a look at the root of some of Vancouver's recent troubles, read past the jump.
February 06 2014 02:50PM
This morning news broke that Henrik Sedin would be missing the final two games on the schedule for the Vancouver Canucks prior to the Olympic break. His status for the actual Sochi games themselves was unclear, but coach John Tortorella went on the record saying that he would like to see him pass on the opportunity to represent his country, in an attempt to prepare himself for a stretch run where his NHL team will desperately need his services.
The coach's opinion wasn't an original one by any means, as fans of the team have been fairly vocal in their pleas for him to be shut down for the forseeable future. Especially her his meek showing in Boston on Tuesday, where he showed that he couldn't take the lightest of bodychecks (stopping short and literally protecting his ribs with an outstretched arm), and was a shell of his formerly great self.
Well, a report out of Sweden has surfaced saying Henrik Sedin will indeed be bowing out of the tournament. I can't personally read Swedish, so that report doesn't necessarily mean all that much to me, but what does is carry some weight is the confirmation which Dan Murphy just tweeted.
February 06 2014 11:11AM
Weise-y, baby! [Image via Dave Stubbs ]
The Vancouver Canucks are currently dealing with a lot of injuries, and as a result, they've had all sorts of difficulties trying to stay competitive over the past handful of weeks. There's some good news coming out of the doctor's office, but there's also some news which, will not surprising, still stings. The Olympic break can't come soon enough.
The Montreal Canadiens aren't really dealing with very many injuries, but they've still managed to struggle lately because a Bond villain has taken over their team and is slowly but surely running them into the ground. At least they've got PK Subban, who's infinitely more exciting to watch out on the ice than anyone the other team currently has. Then again, they're signing cheques in Douglas Murray's name, so that may very well negate all of the aforementioned fun.
This is truly shaping up to be a barn-burner between the 23rd and 24th ranked offenses in the NHL. Read on past the jump to pump yourself up! Weise-y, baby!
February 05 2014 11:05PM
Sure do miss the guys on the peripheries of this picture..
Heyya folks, sorry for the prolonged break, but I am back and better than ever with yet another edition of the evening headshots. The Canucks recent stretch of agonizingly boring and winless hockey left me with little time and or space on the website to fit in some of the best and brightest, but worry not because they’ve been producing great work all the same.
And now I’ve found the time to get it to you, right after the jump.
February 05 2014 10:58AM
Courtesy of @UticaComets
Welcome to this week's Comets Militia Week Prospect Report. With the extensive number of injuries and call-ups we've seen the Canucks endure over the past however many weeks, the regular everyday analysis on this platform has quickly become very Comets-centric (which isn't necessarily a good sign for the team's chances of accumulating wins).
With that being said, there's still a bunch of things to look at and discuss in this week's report regarding players that haven't had the spotlight shined on them yet. You can read on for more on that, and if you'd like day-to-day updates on the team's prospects moving forward, make sure you follow me on twitter at @nuckprospects!