February 19 2017 09:00AM


With almost identical records, the Canucks take on the Flyers before their mandated "bye week" and if they can somehow pull it off again tonight, the Canucks can pull within a win of eight place in the West. The bye kind of crushes that but it will give everyone a week to dream about a better place.

We all deserve this, it's been a trying season.

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Canucks Army Post-Game: Just win, Baby

J.D. Burke
February 19 2017 01:12AM


Every game is a must-win for the Vancouver Canucks and tonight's was no different. Hell, if it was, it certainly didn't veer towards lower leverage territory.

Tonight the Canucks hosted their divisional rival, the Calgary Flames, in the proverbial four-point game. A Canucks loss tonight would put them seven points back of Calgary and the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. Of course, the Canucks didn't lose. They eeked out a 2-1 win in overtime and sit four back of the Flames instead.

Whether they should or shouldn't have is another story entirely, but I'll be damned, the Canucks did it. They were out shot, out chanced and plain outclassed, but they found a way.

It took a fair amount of luck, sure. There was the Alexander Edler goal in the first, a knuckle puck from centre ice that fooled Brian Elliott. That's not we generally call the high-danger scoring chance area. And I'm not sure Ryan Miller holds up under that kind of siege in most instances -- though he's spent much of this season defying logic, so who knows.

Tonight Miller stopped 35 of 36 Flames' shots, and Chris Tanev sent the 2-1 overtime winner past Brian Elliott. Elliot stopped 17 of the Canucks' 19 shots.

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4.375 Million is Not a Reasonable Price For Brandon Sutter

Jeremy Davis
February 18 2017 05:53PM

Yesterday on TSN 1040, midday show co-host Blake Price, whose opinion I am usually inclined to agree with, delivered an editorial on Brandon Sutter. The gist of the argument was as follows: Brandon Sutter's $4.375 million salary is not an overpayment, by virtue of his goal total, his faceoff prowess, his penalty killing, and, as the icing on the cake, his willingness to play through injury.

As respectfully as I could possibly put this, I don't believe that I could possibly be more opposed to this argument. While Sutter's goal total is indeed worthy of distinction, I would quibble with the value of the rest of the evidence provided. Indeed, I wouldn't accept it outright that Sutter is even benefitting the team.

And so my theory is going to be the logical opposite of Price's: No, $4.375 million is not a reasonable price tag for Brandon Sutter, and I'll explain why.

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Should the Canucks Commit to Jacob Markstrom?

J.D. Burke
February 18 2017 01:00PM


Photo Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel - USA TODAY Sports

When the Canucks face the Calgary Flames on Saturday, they'll have played 22 games since the turn of the calendar. Jacob Markstrom's been their netminder for five.

The obvious story therein is the number of starts Miller -- a 36-year-old netminder who's raised concerns in each of his two previous seasons in Vancouver about his workload -- received in that stretch, and with good reason. It's neither to the team nor the player's benefit to do so, and nothing suggests they're changing their ways in the second leg of this most important stretch of their season.

I wonder, though, if that's equal parts faith in Miller as it is skepticism of Markstrom's ability to so much as hold the fort. That's idle speculation on my part, but for posterity's sake, I wanted to see whether the Canucks are justified in their reticence to commit to Markstrom in any meaningful way.

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Nation World HQ
February 18 2017 10:00AM

Spy vs Spy1

The Flames and Canucks face off for the fifth and final time this season and we've asked writers from both FlamesNation and CanucksArmy to give us their take on tonight's matchup. As always, we've also put together a few quick stats to get you ready for the final meeting between this two teams.

Please note that this article was posted at both FlamesNation and CanucksArmy.

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