On Drop Passes, Power-Play Execution and Push Ups

Thomas Drance
March 09 2013 05:29PM

Alex Burrows failed to score on this golden power-play opportunity on Tuesday.
That fact pretty much sums up Vancouver's power-play the past two weeks, actually.
Photo Credit: Derek Leung/Getty Images

We've talked about it a bunch this week, but Vancouver's power-play has gone cold.

Since an Alex Burrows' power-play marker scored way back on February 21st against the Dallas Stars, the Canucks have failed to ripple the mesh on twenty-two straight power-play opportunities. Since Ryan Kesler (the team's most efficient power-play scorer and power-play shot leader for the past three seasons) went back onto the injured reserve with a broken foot, the power-play has gone zero for ten.

Much, much more on Vancouver's power-play woes after the jump.

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Matt Calvert the Magician: The OT Goal in Columbus

Jeff Angus
March 09 2013 01:28PM

The Canucks are struggling to score goals right now, and they were on the wrong end of a 2-1 overtime loss in Columbus on Thursday evening. Young winger Matt Calvert picked up the puck in his own zone and made a few Canucks look foolish on his way to scoring the overtime winner.

How could the Canucks have played the goal differently to prevent it? Who was at fault? Read on for more.

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The Canucks at the Half Way Mark (or Near Enough)

Thomas Drance
March 08 2013 06:14PM

Roberto Luongo: in the background but still the main focus.
That's just a description of the photo, I'm not alluding to his trade status or anything.

Over a typical hockey season any given team is going to have their ups and downs. Of course, a forty eight game season isn't a typical hockey season but even so, as the old saying goes: a team is never as bad as they might look at their worst, nor as good as they might look at their best. 

Last night the Canucks lost to Columbus and though they were marginally the better team overall, they weren't nearly good enough. As such the Vancouver market demands blood and I understand that. But I think it's worth remembering that Thursday night's loss to Columbus shouldn't change our overall assessment of the quality of this hockey team, and neither should Vancouver's recent, more extended run of mediocrity (three wins in ten games, with a 3-3-4 overall record). 

Read on past the jump.

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Where Art Thou, Alex Burrows' Goal Scoring?

Dimitri Filipovic
March 08 2013 01:21PM

A sight for sore eyes.

These days people have differing opinions on the state of the Vancouver Canucks. Which is fitting, quite frankly, given the team's topsy turvy performance this year. Some feel obliged to call for coach Alain Vigneault's head once they see lackluster efforts like the one the Canucks submitted against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Others see performances like the one against the Los Angeles Kings, and say to themselves, "hey this makes sense, this is a top-5 possession team!" I'll let you guess which of the two camps I reside in.

Nonetheless, one thing we can all agree on is that this team has had their share of troubles scoring goals of late. Over the past 7 games - a stretch in which they went 2-3-2 - they managed to score 15 goals. Keep in mind that 5 of those came in one game. Now the team sits at 17th in the league in goals/game, a far cry from their top-5 finishes in the past two seasons.

Yesterday, Thomas Drance highlighted the issues on the power play. It also wouldn't hurt their cause if first-line winger Alex Burrows started converting on some of his chances.

Read Past the Jump for More.

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The Canucks Week in Quips for March 8

March 08 2013 11:52AM

Want to play mediocre hockey in Canucky Thompson's town? Someone has to pay
(via Twitter).

This is a regular Friday feature combining a healthy mixture of observation, analysis, and foresight on the Vancouver Canucks. If you'd like to get at me about anything covered in this column, follow me on Twitter at @yyjordan and let's start a textual relationship (wink).

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