October 28 2013 03:30PM
Image via @JacqSparrow
In the preview of tonight's game against the Washington Capitals (which will be taking place in the friendly confines of Rogers Arena for what seems like the first time in ages), I mentioned that this past weekend was a pretty slow one from a Canucks perspective with the team getting a few days off to recuperate from their trip.
But now we've got a new week on our hands, and there's a bunch of news and notes to discuss. I didn't think that any of it really warranted a full post for itself, so instead I decided that this would be a good opportunity to dust off the ol' Afternoon Headshots.
Just past the jump we'll take a look at some injury news, recognition for Ryan Kesler's play, and some other goodies.
October 28 2013 01:36PM
Alex Ovechkin is in town! Spread the word! Alex Ovechkin is in town! [Image via Jeff Vinnick]
It was a relatively quiet weekend on the Canucks front with John Tortorella and his coaching staff giving the team a few days off to rest up, get settled. Seems like a reasonable thing to do given that they were out of town for nearly 2 weeks.
But now things are about to pick up, as they'll be kicking off a 3-game homestand in which they'll face 3 marquee opponents - the Capitals, the Red Wings, and the Maple Leafs. Some people around here - myself included - tend to complain about how the Canucks can be fairly boring at times. Well, that shouldn't be a problem over the next handful of days, thanks to the intrigue that their aforementioned opponents bring along with them.
Read on past the jump for a preview of the game which gets this fun little stretch started.
October 26 2013 11:36AM
Finally! Wins! Alec Baer is excited!
Things are finally looking up for the Vancouver Giants. With the bulk of their injury woes behind them, they won back-to-back games for the first time this season, beating up a listless Kamloops Blazers squad before stunning the Eastern Conference leading Calgary Hitmen with a 4-3 overtime win. With 6 points in his last 3 games, Cain Franson appears to finally be heating up, and Brett Kulak has come alive to overtake captain Dalton Thrower for the team scoring lead.
Read past the jump for a closer look at how the Giants are turning things around.
October 25 2013 09:27PM
Say what you will about the Vancouver and their performance during the 7-game roadtrip (and about people who begin sentences with "say what you will.."), but a 5-1-1 record all things considered is more than impressive. Especially considering the way they capped it off against the Blues with a 3-2 overtime victory. The operative term here is "gutsy", which I'm sure you'll see bandied about on your Twitter timeline, deservedly so.
Read on past the jump for a recap of what went down.
October 25 2013 03:41PM
Leave Zack Kassian alone, you big meanie!
I guess you could say that the odds aren't in the Canucks' favour heading into the final game of a road trip which has taken them 13 days to complete. They're bruised, battered, tired, and probably just want to get home to their own beds and whoever they happen to have waiting for them back in Vancouver.
Thanks to some strong goaltending from Roberto Luongo last night they were able to improve to 4-1-1, which makes the trip an awfully successful one - regardless of the outcome of tonight's game - despite the fact that they've looked more than shaky in getting there. With that being said, the Blues are a team that they could very well see come playoff time, and I'm sure that none of the guys in the Canucks lockerroom would particularly like to get embarrassed on this Friday night. Whether it winds up mattering on the scoreboard or not, I find it hard to believe that they'll lay down for the Blues.
Read on past the jump for a preview of the game which many think will be a lopsided one.