Game #45 Preview: Red Wings @ Canucks

Thomas Drance
April 20 2013 03:51PM

Cory Schneider will try to prevent scene like this one on Saturday night.
Photograph by: Dave Sandford/Getty Images

The Canucks suffered a third period debacle to close off a mostly uninspiring five game road trip on Thursday night in Dallas, and will look to bounce back against the Red Wings. Vancouver's club will clinch a playoff spot with a point, and they could clinch the division with a win and a Minnesota loss. That's a symbolic milestone mostly, this team isn't in any real danger of falling out of a playoff spot, what's more important is that they get their game back on track and do it against a Red Wings team that has positively feasted upon them in two previous meetings this season.

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The Respectful Rivalry: Vancouver and Detroit

Jeff Angus
April 20 2013 09:55AM

The Canucks and Red Wings have had a very good (and understated) rivalry over the past decade or so. For so long, the Canucks were the little brother to Western Conference juggernauts from Colorado and Detroit, teams that would routinely feast on the Canucks and their subpar goaltending.

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NHL Waters Down It's High Profile Product

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April 19 2013 01:47PM

Outdoor game in March? Vancouver should be playing the Ducks.

Sure, I get that the NHL wants to milk the golden cash, wait.

That can't be right, because as we learned during the lockout, it's the players that are cattle. So maybe the the more appropriate phrase might be that they want to fleece the golden sheep? Whatever. I won't even make the obvious joke about killing the golden goose. The point is they can hold as many of these games as they want, but why hold one of them in Vancouver?

Seriously. I mean, it's one thing to figuratively water down the NHL's annual outdoor showcase by staging six of them next year, but holding one of them in Vancouver in March will literally water down the product.

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The Canucks Week in Quips for April 19

April 19 2013 11:25AM

Point rockets in flight, that's Blackbeard's Delight! Woop!
(Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

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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Ebbett Does Dallas

Thomas Drance
April 18 2013 11:48PM

What does Cory Schneider have in common with laundry? Both get hung out to dry.
Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The Canucks finished up their season long five game roadtrip in Dallas on Thursday night not with a whimper, but with a bang. Unfortunately it was a bang of the wrong sort, like a flashbang, as the Canucks got lit up for four goals in the third period - three of them in quick succession - by a pretty mediocre team in the Dallas Stars.

But you know what's white and blue and not nearly as bad as it looked on Thursday night? The Canucks. Actually, the team was probably the better club on the whole in this game, though it wasn't enough to prevent the game from getting away from them in dramatic fashion in the latter half of the contest...

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