The Canucks Week in Quips for Feb 22

February 22 2013 10:14AM


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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Canucks bust out in the Third Period, End Three Game Skid in Dallas

Thomas Drance
February 21 2013 11:53PM

Classic Bieksa angry face. Hey Vernon Fiddler, impersonate this!
Photo Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Despite an uninspired first forty minutes in which the Canucks were out-chanced and didn't look like a team that was particularly eager to break out of a three game losing skid, Vancouver's club rallied in the final frame and managed to defeat the Dallas Stars in regulation on Thursday night.

It was a reasonably solid outing all around for Vancouver's club, though particularly for the third-line of Jordan Schroeder, Mason Raymond and David Booth who were borderline spectacular in relatively difficult minutes. Meanwhile Henrik Sedin scored a beauty, Zack Kassian won a fight, and Jason Garrison had a wicked shift leading to a goal and earned himself a short respite from the wellspring of criticism he's been treated too of late. Also we got to watch Jamie Benn be ridiculously good at hockey and Jaromir Jagr do things no forty something year old man should be capable of, so all around a fun night of hockey.

Read on past the jump.

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Afternoon Headshots: February 21st

Thomas Drance
February 21 2013 03:37PM

Alex Edler wears flip flops and also his full practice gear.
Insert unoriginal "what about Kesler" flopping joke here: _________
Photo Credit: Sedin Twins.

Marian Hossa, whose injured status played a role in Jannik Hansen's one game suspension, returned to the ice to practice with his Blackhawks teammates. Jannik Hansen was callously quoted saying this development didn't surprise him in the least. [The White Towel]

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Game 16 Preview: Canucks @ Stars

Jeff Angus
February 21 2013 01:06PM


Ryan Kesler and the Canucks are in Big D tonight to take on Cody Eakin and the Dallas Stars. Dallas got the best of Vancouver last Friday night, defeating the Canucks 4-3 at Rogers Arena. It marked the first time that the Canucks had lost a game at home after leading through 40 minutes since October 2009. 

Cristopher Nilstorp is getting the start for Dallas tonight, as Kari Lehtonen remains sidelined with a groin injury. Cory Schneider will get the call for the Canucks - his second consecutive start after stealing Vancouver a point in Chicago on Tuesday evening.

Read on for a preview of tonight's action.

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On Garrison's Demotion and why it's Premature to Abandon the "Edler on the Right Side" Experiment

Thomas Drance
February 21 2013 09:59AM

For Jason Garrison, this defensive coverage is the hockey equivalent of being "posterized."
Photo Credit: Charles Rex Arbogast, AP

Following Tuesday night's defensive debacle at the Mad-House, Alain Vigneault and Rick Bowness have re-jigged Vancouver's defensive pairings ahead of Thursday night's game against the Dallas Stars. In particular, it appears that free-agent signing Jason Garrison - who has had a rough start to his Canucks tenure - has been demoted to the "third-pairing" (note the scare quotes) alongside Keith Ballard, while Vancouver's usual "ace" shutdown pairing of Dan Hamhuis and Kevin Bieksa have found themselves reunited. Meanwhile fancy-stats darling Chris Tanev will suit up alongside Alex Edler on a slick pairing that, one presumes, will caddy the Sedin twins a fair bit.

Let's look into what's going on with Vancouver's defense through 14 games this season, and try to determine the logic behind Vancouver's new defensive deployments. Click past the jump.

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