May 07 2013 10:48AM
The guys in this photo have been some of the lone bright spots for the Canucks. Well, except for Marty Erat; he has been invisible.
"When I look at this series in an overview, San Jose's top players have been much much better than Vancouver's top players. San Jose's depth players have been better than Vancouver's depth players. And in totality, the goaltending has been better for San Jose."
That was a quote from Ray Ferraro from his appearance on the CanucksArmy podcast with Thomas Drance yesterday. And while it's obviously an oversimplification, he's definitely not wrong. Not too many things have gone right for the Canucks through 3 games of their opening round series against the Sharks. I think it's fair to say that at this point things could be going better for the team.
But it hasn't been all doom and gloom; two players in particular, who fans have been overly critical of in the past, have put forth encouraging performances amidst all of the disappointment.
Read on Past the Jump for Some Reasons to Stay Upbeat.
May 06 2013 06:10PM
How many times can you perform an autopsy?
Here at Canucks Army, we've found that you can do it at least three and a half times. We've got Dimitri Filipovic doing last night's gamer, some thoughts by Thomas Drance on the notion that the window's closing on the Sedin/Kesler/
Luongo era, a showdown of sorts between the very same Drance and Jeff Angus and a rad podcast where Ray Ferraro and some ex-Vancouver blogger-dudes drop by.
For some more links and the like from around the Smylosphere and beyond, click past the jump...
May 06 2013 03:13PM
We feel you Luongo.
Photograph by Jeff Gross/Getty Images
I'm not going to lie to you, this episode of the podcast is pretty depressing for diehard Canucks fans. But hopefully it'll be interesting too. We're joined in this episode by Ray Ferraro of TSN with whom we talked about the Canucks series he's calling and about analytics in hockey. We're also joined by ex-Kurtenbloggers Mike Halford and Jason Brough who currently work at breakneck speed over at NBC's Pro Hockey Talk blog (in fact, they posted three times while you were reading this introduction).
Click past the jump to listen.
May 06 2013 02:50PM
We at CanucksArmy are big supporters of sports betting, in part because we buy into the Nate Silver theory that putting your money where your prediction is will help improve the aggregate accuracy of forecasting. And after we predicted the Canucks to win their first round series in seven games, we'll take any additional forecasting accuracy we can get!
Always remember to gamble for fun (or for bragging rights), not to make money. From all of us at CanucksArmy and PlayNow: a gentle reminder to use your game sense!
Read past the jump for special offers to CanucksArmy.com readers from PlayNow Sports, and for a preview of this upcoming week of NHL playoff hockey!
May 06 2013 10:53AM
Photo Credit: Christian Petersen , Getty Images
When the Canucks ultimately lose this first round series against the San Jose Sharks - and the guillotine might fall mercifully on Tuesday, or perhaps the Canucks can fruitlessly extend the series the way they did a year ago against the Los Angeles Kings - the calls for wholesale change out of Vancouver will be fierce and constant. Trade the Sedins, trade Edler, fire Mike Gillis, or at least fire the coach, as if that does anything beyond putting lipstick on a pig...
The Canucks are now 4-11 in their last fifteen playoff games going back to the start of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. Over that fifteen game sample they've managed just twenty-one total goals and only seventeen tallies at even-strength. They've been outscored twenty-six to seventeen at even-strength, but nineteen to four on special teams and forty-seven to twenty-one overall. Yep, it's been an ugly stretch for the Canucks and one that's easy to overreact too.
Read past the jump.