Plays of the Week: February 12th, 2017

Vanessa Jang
February 12 2017 11:30AM


Weekly Features

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February 12 2017 09:00AM



Photo Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin - USA TODAY Sports

A day later, the Canucks look to bounce back against the Sabres after a heart-breaking loss to the Bruins on Saturday. The Eastern Conference is a lot tighter than the West so a win for the Sabres is just as important to them as it is the Canucks to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

Vancouver took the first meeting between these teams back in October by a score of 2-1. Jannik Hansen was a hero as was Brandon Sutter on the power play. Foreshadowing of things to come?

We'll see.

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It's Time To Stop Calling The Canucks Defence A "Strength"

Jackson McDonald
February 11 2017 05:39PM


Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian - USA TODAY Sports

A few months ago, The Guardian published a story on the "ugly friend effect": the phenomenon wherein a person's attractive features are augmented when in close proximity to people who aren't considered traditionally attractive. It's superficial, callous and unkind, but it's real, at least according to a recent study. 

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Canucks' 2016-17 defence corps. It's not pretty, but it looks better by comparison. You can thank Matt Bartkowski, and the relatively uninspiring play of the Canucks' forwards this season.

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Canucks Army Postgame #55: Beantown Letdown

Ryan Biech
February 11 2017 02:43PM


An early afternoon contest against the dreaded Boston Bruins was on the docket for the Vancouver Canucks today.

With hopes of securing a 9-6 lead in Game 15, the Canucks held their own throughout the majority of the game but a late goal by David Pastrnak gave the Bruins the 4-3 win.

The Canucks are now 1-2-0 after three games of this six game road trip.

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Fun with the CBA! Off-Season Training

Ryan Biech
February 10 2017 05:00PM

There has been a lot of discussion and dissection about Jake Virtanen over the past few weeks. After a respectable rookie season in the NHL last year, Virtanen was looking to take the next step forward an become a mainstay on the Canucks roster this year.

Unfortunately things didn't go as hoped, and he is currently plying his trade in the AHL.

It has since been revealed that Virtanen thought he had to bulk up a bit to become a more effective power forward. That appeared to backfire when Virtanen showed up to training camp weighing in at 228 lbs, and alarm bells went off within the organization.

The added bulk reduced his speed, which was one of his strengths.

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