May 01 2013 01:24PM
CanucksArmy.com and PlayNow Sports are proud to launch a new partnership between our humble hockey blog and their fun, legal on-line sports book. Going forward this post will appear every Monday afternoon at CanucksArmy.com, but today to launch the partnership, we're bringing you a special Wednesday Edition of "This Week Straight Up."
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May 01 2013 12:28PM
Over the latter half of the lockout shortened 2013 regular season, Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider went on a run and cemented his status as the everyday starter for the club. As the team racked up wins, Roberto Luongo appeared to adjust to life as a backup and remained focussed and committed to the team even though his bitter disappointment over staying put at the trade deadline was evident.
For a brief shining moment earlier this month it appeared as if the neverending soap opera that has engulfed Vancouver's crease ever since Cory Schneider was named the starter for game six of the club's first round series against the Chicago Blackhawks way back in 2011 had subsided. Perhaps normalcy might finally reign. Then, of course, Cory Schneider got hurt in the last week of the regular season, and now, of course, Roberto Luongo will be starting in game one of Vancouver's first round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night. How silly we were to think this situation could possibly unfold any other way.
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April 30 2013 10:14PM
Zack Kassian's playoff mullet, in picstitch form.
Image via Derek Jory at Fort Nucks.
Today at CanucksArmy we gave away our year end awards to a variety of Canucks for the 2013 regular season, previewed the first round series between the Canucks at Sharks at length (and we mean it when we say "at length"), and discussed whether or not Frank Corrado is the right call for Vancouver's third-pairing.
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April 30 2013 05:17PM
Given the lines the Canucks have been running at practice ahead of Wednesday's game one, there's a strong chance that Andrew Alberts and Frank Corrado will make up Vancouver's third pairing on Wednesday night.
This means that Keith Ballard is again on the outside looking in and (more importantly) Chris Tanev is still out of the lineup injured.
The Alberts vs Ballard debate has been had before, so let's look to the side of that, where we see that Corrado is being leaned on to play a role that may be small but will be crucial.
April 30 2013 02:41PM
Photograph by Thearon W Henderson/Getty
In analyzing the Canucks's upcoming first round series matchup against the San Jose Sharks, many commentators have noted the similarities between the two teams, the two coaches (and their perch upon a rather hot seat), and the two organizations as a whole. Beyond being evenly matched heading into their first round matchup, both the Canucks and Sharks have sustained regular season success over the years, and have maintained their core group despite the temptation to tear it all apart after repeated postseason failure.
For all of the "mirror image" talk, there is a major difference between these two teams that will shape how the series ultimately plays out. In particular, the Sharks strength as a hockey club is in their enviable depth and special teams play, while Vancouver's is at the top-end of their roster and at even-strength. This series looks to be very close and we'll get into why it's such a coin flip, in exhausting details, after the jump.
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