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New Jersey Devils vs Vancouver Canucks Post Game Recap

The Rundown

The Canucks got set to face the New Jersey Devils tonight in a game where both Taylor Hall or Nico Hischier were not in the Devils lineup. New Jersey has been one of the few teams with more man games lost than the Canucks, as tonight they saw their number rise above 300 on the season. What did this mean for the Canucks, well it was another game on their schedule that was quite winnable. The Canucks hadn’t won 2 straight games since January 18th – January 20th. Sure, a win might hurt the tank, but it’d be nice for the younger players to build on something as they trucked through the end of another long March.

In lineup news, the Canucks lost Antoine Roussel for the season on Wednesday after he suffered a lower body injury. This meant Loui Eriksson was slotted back into the lineup after he was scratched for the first time in his career. Tim Schaller also saw some ice tonight for the first time since February 21st, as Jay Beagle was scratched due to an illness. Jakob Markstrom got the start in goal tonight after another solid performance against the New York Rangers.

Finally, Pettersson mentioned to the media earlier today he might have to be a little more selfish in order to score, and fans who have waited patiently for him to break out of his slump didn’t mind one bit.

1st Period

It was a pretty tame start to the hockey game, as both teams exchanged some pressure in each others zone throughout the first 5 minutes. However, the Canucks pressure didn’t lead to any shots on goal, and the Devils took a 5-0 shot advantage early. It looked like the Canucks had fallen victims to another slow start.

Around the 6:30 minute mark, the Canucks slow start was compounded when Pettersson was called for hooking. The Canucks without Beagle were short-handed for the first time tonight.

Some bad news for the Canucks a minute into the penalty kill, as Chris Tanev blocked a slap shot from Kyle Palmieri right above his recently injured ankle. Tanev went to the locker room, and wasn’t available for the rest of the penalty kill.

Meanwhile, it took some guts, and some big stops by Markstrom right on the doorstep but the Canucks were able to kill off the penalty. They were rewarded with a power-play of their own 30 seconds later when Blake Pietila was called for cross checking Eriksson in the corner. 

Unfortunately, the Canucks power-play didn’t get set up at all and dropped to 0 for 1. Was a pretty poor showing from the Canucks, which wasn’t a surprise at all.

The home team received another chance with the man advantage a few minutes later when Kurtis Gabriel reached around and held up Troy Stecher. Gabriel was called for holding and the Canucks went to their 2nd power-play of the game.

In a shocking (not really) turn of events, the power-play looked even worse the 2nd time around. The Canucks almost gave up a short handed goal over a minute in, and entered the zone once over the 2 minute stretch.

The best chance for the Canucks came a little past the 17-minute mark of the period, when Tanner Pearson made a nice pass over to Alex Biega, who had some space just above the left face-off circle. However, his shot was easily stopped by the blocker of Mackenzie Blackwood.

With around 20 seconds left in the period, Jake Virtanen laid a huge hit on Colton White. That was the biggest highlight of an otherwise dull first period.

The Devils and Canucks were scoreless after 1, and the Devils led in the shot column by a 13-6 margin. Didn’t talk about him much through the first, but Markstrom had a quietly solid opening frame. Nothing spectacular, but was a rock behind a Canucks team which was without Tanev through half of the period. The Canucks found out Tanev wouldn’t return for the remainder of the game in the intermission. He tested the ankle during a TV timeout, and after he tried to stick it out on the bench, went back to the locker room and didn’t return for the rest of the game…

2nd Period

Some fortunate news for the Canucks, as Ashton Sautner returned to the bench at the start of the 2nd period after he went to the dressing room late in the first, so the Canucks were only short 1 defenseman as the period began.

Some more good news (Possibly?) for the Canucks as 2:30 minutes in, they received their 3rd power-play of the game. Drew Stafford tripped up Edler in the Canucks zone, and a porous Canucks power-play went back to work.

It wasn’t a traditional power-play goal, but the Canucks capitalized  with the man-advantage just past the 4 minute mark of the period. Brock Boeser grabbed the puck in the neutral zone after the Devils turned it over, and fed Pettersson just over the blue-line. Pettersson walked to the right face-off dot, and ripped a beautiful shot over the shoulder of Blackwood for his first goal in 12 games. The Canucks also scored a power-play goal in back to back games for the first time since November 2018… Quite a stretch. Boeser’s assist saw his point streak improve to 5 games, his 2nd 5 game point streak of the season.

A few minutes later, the Canucks nearly took a 2 goal lead after Josh Leivo redirected a hard pass from Eriksson right on goal, but Blackwood was there and made his best stop of the night.

A few minutes after a great stop by Blackwood, Markstrom made a nice glove stop of his own on a shot from Kevin Rooney. Another strong start for Markstrom who looked dialed in through the first half of the game.

Not much else happened until the 14-minute mark when the Canucks came close to extending their lead yet again. Biega took a slap-shot that beat everyone but rang off the post and stayed out.

Just before the 17-minute mark, the Canucks received their 4th power-play of the game when Blake Coleman got called for tripping up Eriksson in the Canucks zone.

The Canucks looked much better with the man-advantage, and came oh so close to extending their lead, but Goldobin hit the post in tight and didn’t get the goal-scorers bounce. The 2nd post the Canucks had hit in the final 6 minutes of the period.

The Canucks were much better in the 2nd than they were in the first (sound familiar?), and had a number of chances to take a 2 goal lead. While they only headed to the locker room with a 1 goal lead, Vancouver had momentum on their side as they got ready for the 3rd period.

3rd Period

Just 2 minute in, the Canucks finally found a way to extend their lead to 2. Pearson entered the Devils zone, and took a shot that looked to be going well wide. Blackwood went to play the puck to the corner with his stick, and it bounced off the inside of his goal stick and into the net for the Canucks 2nd goal of the game. An awful goal for Blackwood to give up, but Pearson didn’t care and the Canucks had a firm grasp on the hockey game.

After the goal, the Canucks got hemmed in their zone the next few shifts. The Devils lack of discipline bit them again , and the Canucks were given their 5th power-play of the game after Gabriel got called for a late hit on Boeser deep in the Canucks zone. It was the 5th straight power-play of the game for Vancouver.

Not much happened on the power-play until the last 30 seconds. However, it was the Devils with the first real chance short-handed when Coleman came in on a breakaway. This battle between skater and goaltender belonged to Markstrom, as he stared Coleman down and made the stop to keep the Canucks up by 2. Right after the Markstrom stop, the puck came down the ice and Adam Gaudette made a nice pass to Pearson who tried to stuff the backhand past Blackwood. Blackwood wasn’t about to get beat twice by Pearson tonight, and made the tough stop to keep the Devils in the game.

The Devils got 1 back just past the 5:30 minute mark of the 3rd period. A weak wrist shot from the point was handled by Markstrom, but the rebound fell right to the stick of Rooney, who flipped a backhand shot over Markstrom and in to cut the Canucks lead to 1 with just over 14 minutes remaining in regulation.

The next 5 minutes saw a team missing a couple of it’s top offensive weapons try to tie the game against a team down to 5 defenseman after one of their top defenders got hurt early in the game. Needless to say play was quite scrambled at times.

It turned out that the Devils found a way to tie the game up at the 13:30 minute mark of the period. Stefan Noesen parked himself right in front of Markstrom, and was left wide alone while the Devils had the puck in the corner. Eric Tangradi saw him, and made a beautiful pass right to Noesen who put it into the wide open net. Canucks defense let Markstrom down again as there was no reason Noesen should’ve been that open in a 1 goal game.

16 minutes in, and the Devils almost took their first lead of the game after Biega turned the puck over in the neutral zone. Noesen picked it up, entered the Canucks zone and found Travis Zajac in the slot, but Zajac was denied by Markstrom and the game remained tied at 2.

The Zajac chance was the last quality chance for either team in regulation, as the 3rd period came to a close with the score tied at 2. The Canucks couldn’t keep up their momentum, even after they took a 2-0 lead and were in danger of letting this game slip away.

Overtime

Took a few minutes, but the first chance of the extra frame belonged to the Devils. Markstrom had to come across to make a nice one-time stop against Pietila, and followed that up with another strong save on Connor Carrick who found himself alone right in front of the Canucks goaltender. Right after the Markstrom stops, Pettersson led a 3 on 1 the other way. Unlike earlier however, Pettersson tried a give and go with Edler that ended when Edler put the puck wide of the Devils goal.

There weren’t any quality chances for the remainder of the overtime period, and this one went to a shootout.

Shootout

The Canucks elected to shoot first, and they went to Pettersson to get them the early goal. Pettersson promptly did this…

The Devils first shooter was Palmieri, and he was stopped by the pad of Markstrom.

Boeser looked to give the Canucks a 2-0 shootout lead, but his shot went off the pad of Blackwood and then rang off the inside of the post and stayed out.

Stafford was next for the Devils and his shot also rang off the post after it beat Markstrom low glove side, but this one went post and in to tie the shootout at 1.

Pearson was the next shooter for Vancouver, and he also hit the post, but it stayed out.

Coleman tried to win it for New Jersey, but the puck rolled off his stick and he couldn’t get his shot away.

Edler was next, and he tried his patented shot from earlier in his career. It didn’t have the same success it did all those years ago as Blackwood made the stop with his blocker.

Kenny Agostino was next up, and he ended up too close to Markstrom on his attempt. He wound up hitting the side of the goal.

Horvat was the Canucks 5th shooter, and he couldn’t convert as he failed to get his stick underneath the puck on the backhand attempt and was easily stopped by Blackwood.

Noesen was next up, and while he tied the game late in the 3rd, he couldn’t win it in the shootout as he was stoned by the glove of Markstrom.

Goldobin was shooter number 6 for the Canucks, and he promptly lost control of the puck before regaining it, but had no angle to shoot at and Blackwood made another easy stop.

Zajac was shooter number 6 for New Jersey. After he was robbed in regulation, he couldn’t get revenge on Markstrom in the shootout as Markstrom made an outstretched save with his right skate.

Markus Granlund was the next shooter, and he was stopped by Blackwood. He didn’t really try anything special, and I can’t believe he was picked over someone like Leivo or Virtanen.

Damon Severson came in for the Devils as their 7th shooter, and he finally got Markstrom to bite and put it home to give the Devils the win after the lengthy shootout. 

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Both photos courtesy of naturalstattrick.com

Wrap Up

A tough game for the Canucks to lose after they had a 2-0 lead in the 3rd period. The loss of Chris Tanev in the first period played a large part in the loss, as the Canucks defense surely could’ve used him while they attempted to defend their lead. However, the Canucks hit 3 goal posts on the night, and when push came to shove, weren’t able to keep the Devils away from the high danger area 10 feet in front of their goal. All in all, a good effort for the Canucks in the loss, but one the Canucks should’ve closed out.

Pettersson’s goal in regulation was a huge monkey off his back, and it was quite the shot. However, even with his snipe, and the shootout tally (disgusting might I add), I was still left wanting more. Now, that could fully be because Canucks fans and media members have been spoiled throughout the year by what he’s done, but I felt he could’ve taken some more shots. Especially during that overtime 3 on 1 rush he led. Again, can’t complain about Pettersson breaking his goal drought, and pulling off the highlight reel shootout move. He’s been a treat to watch all year, and he showed his stuff tonight.

I quickly mentioned it at the beginning of the wrap up, but the loss of Tanev hurt this team as the game wore on, and frankly just hurts in general. I feel for the guy, because he can’t seem to stay healthy… at all. Like a new age Sami Salo, good when he’s on the ice, just can’t seem to stay on it. It was confirmed by head coach Travis Green his season came to a close after tonight, and I wish him the best this off-season.

Markstrom was great again tonight, and continued to perform well in a season that has gone off the rails. He kept the Canucks in the game through the first period, and gave the Canucks a chance to win throughout the game (Just like Wednesday). He didn’t have a chance on either goal, and saved the team a few minutes after they gave up the equalizer. Then, after he saved the game in overtime, gave the Canucks 4 chances to win in the shootout. He was great, and should’ve been on the winning end of this one.

All in all though, can’t be too mad. Pettersson broke his goal drought, Markstrom continued to play well, Horvat had 2 assists, and Boeser upped his point streak to 5. For fans of team tank, the Canucks also didn’t pick up 2 points (you’ll have to settle for 1 tonight). If the Canucks were close to the playoff bar, fans might be more upset. They’re not, and fans and media members alike can only hope it’ll get better starting next season.

  • Rodeobill

    Good recap. Fast too. I’m really rooting for Loui and Schaller. They seem like great guys and team mates, but yeah. With Tanev out for the season I guess we will get to see some more of what QH, the new college signing and Briseboise got for us. Stetcher was a beast tonight. Intermission speculation on maybe moving Goldy. I think unless they get a really good trade that’s a bad idea. He hasn’t had the points the last part of this season, but to my eyes he has been one of our most dynamic and creative forwards, and his defense has really improved. You don’t see him float anymore, that’s for sure. Plus it will be good to have another friendly russian on the team when we draft Podkolzin ;).

  • Kanuckhotep

    Every year for years on the Ides of March I cut out the NHL standings which is usually after 70 games to compare them to the year end standings of 82 games. the result? Virtually little to no change in the standings. I make this point to stress the idea that 82 games is a just a cash grab which everyone is aware of and too long a schedule. But we all know it’s about all about money and there are probably too many hockey games. Et tu, Bettman.

    • TD

      It’s not just Bettman and the owners. A shorter season means less revenue and smaller player salaries. That’s why the players asked for a shorter preseason (when they aren’t getting paid) instead of a shorter season.

  • MattyT

    Psst – Tanev gone for the season, Roussel gone for the season, Hughes a no-show… but hey, the trolls and apologists tell us this legendary Benning prospect pool, procured over FIVE SEASONS will step right in and cover… right?… WRONG!!

    “The Canucks overall lack of prospect depth is a result of five years of trading away picks” – Brian Burke Stanley Cup winning GM (Anaheim) and the guy who drafted the Sedins (Vancouver).

    Season over guys, nothing to see here.. hope y’all enjoyed the losing.
    Get used to it under this joke regime. As i told you.

    Class dismissed, tails between legs.

    • canuckfan

      Wow it took you this long to figure this all out. No one gave the Canucks a chance of making the playoffs this season. Yes they were close for a while but then the injuries started piling up again and yes the depth of the prospect pool isn’t enough to cover for those who had been injured. Canucks cupboards were bare it may be 5 years of Benning taking over the team but that isn’t enough to build both a competitive NHL team and AHL team. Things are getting better the teams average age has gone down we have a pretty good start to a core to build around and the depth is getting better.
      I have been a Canucks fan for a longtime through the good and the bad. I can see that we are back on the upswing but will take this season and next before the Canucks can push for a spot in the playoffs and build for another shot of going all the way.

      • Braindead Benning

        I have also been a Canuck for a few decades.. And this team of the last 3 years has really sucked… The first 2 years sucked even worse… How this idiot is still a gm is still employed Is beyond the ability to speak… DimJim..

      • MattyT

        No nucklehead, I figured it out as soon as Benning was hired that the Canucks were laughably tryng to emulate their SCF conquerors and would fail miserably. Five seasons later they well-and-truly have.

        On a more positive note though, can I just give a huge shout out to Matthew Canuck, i mean Tkachuk, on his FIVE POINT night and 32nd goal of the season. Wow.

        Everyone and their dog were crying out for this kid over Juolevi. Matty is undoutedly off to the Hall of Fame, Oli to the hall of shame.

        Thanks draft guru. #firebenning

    • Kootenaydude

      Bahahahaha!! You’re making this too easy for me. If you’re going to insult my team. At least have your facts straight. Benning has drafted 34 times out of 35 possible picks. Gillis 37 out of 42. Nonis 24 out of 30. Burke 54 out of 54. Burke drafted 8 nhl players from 54 picks. Nonis drafted 6 nhl players from 24 picks. Gillis drafted 6 players from his 37 picks. Benning has already drafted more NHL players than any of these previous GMs and he still has prospects developing. Class dismissed, now run along, with your tail between your legs.

      • Braindead Benning

        Go to the Canucks website if you want all love and pom poms. Many experts who have played in the NHL and many of the media who have covered the sport for years are questioning JB ability to be a GM. So I guess they are all wrong hey

      • Braindead Benning

        It’s not Your team and ya it deserves insulting considering its 5 years into the DimJim regime and YOUR team is still sitting at the bottom along with the disaster in Utica with both teams resembling a extra block of expired Swiss cheese… The faster the team gets rid of the 2 knuckle dragging geriatrics in front office the better whole organization will be going forward..

  • Jim "Dumpster Fire" Benning

    A coach who cares about his prospects development more than wins and losses (even when his team is all but eliminated mathematically) is the right coach for a rebuild. A coach who continues to not play Demko at least half these remaining games is a guy who more and more looks like Willie Desjardins 2.0

    • Killer Marmot

      Mathematically the Canucks are not out of the playoffs. So long as that is the case, Green’s probably going to do everything he can to win games.

      And I don’t blame him.

          • Kanucked

            Green himself has said he has a dual mandate: win games and develop the young players.

            Marmont’s statement belies his argument. If the coach’s only job is to win games, what difference does it make if the team is mathematically eliminated or not?

          • Jim "Dumpster Fire" Benning

            So you’re saying Greens job is to solely win games with no emphasis on player development? Interesting… (See what I did there? Ha ha using you’re own struggling logic to demonstrate to you that you did not comprehend my point)

        • Killer Marmot

          A coach wins games and gets in the playoffs, he keeps his job. He loses games, he loses his job. Don’t ask a coach to do anything but do his best to win games.

          And can the insults.

      • Rayman

        No. not this time of the season. We are so away from playoffs, only way to get something out of this mass is GET THE BEST DRAFT PIC!!

        So, please lose all the games and get the highest pic possible. And if Green says otherwise, let him go. We can’t afford any idiots in our team anymore.

  • Killer Marmot

    That is the stupidest way to block a shot I’ve ever seen. You want to be face-on to the shot, not sideways. You’re exposing too many vulnerable areas otherwise. And if you can’t get face-on to the shot, don’t try to block it.

    Vancouver is considered unlucky when it comes to injuries, but maybe some better training or decision-making would help.

  • North Van Halen

    Can Cole do all the game write ups? Just came form the Athletties and there is soooo much negativity, Botchford truly thinks he should be the new GM, I’m sure of it.
    There’s enough negative FireBenning articles out there it’s nice to come somewhere I don’t have to debate all the perceived negativity and just read about the game. Thanks Cole
    Oh and that Petey shootout goal was f@#kin sick. I could watch that all day. My girlfriend stopped what she ws doing and was like oh my god that was beautiful. Couldn’t agree more.

    • Macksonious

      Concur with your comments regarding Cole Marton. It’s refreshing to just read about the game minus the jabs at management.

      Botchford is a talented writer, but unfortunately he seems to have an agenda. The negativity gets tiresome.

      Pettersson’s shootout goal reminds me of the one Peter Forsberg scored in the 1994 Olympics.

    • Locust

      Cole does a great job.
      Most of the writers only have one schtik – negative, anti-canuck bloviations. Botchford is just like JD, a wannabee who has nothing intelligent or interesting to say so they just douche, day after day after day…….

      • MattyT

        Botch and JD are paid media professionals, what are YOUR credentials again?

        Oh yeah forgot, you ‘played the game *like most of Canada* lol. WHO for, what professional hockey club did you play for?… waiting. *crickets*

        Nextttttttttttt.

        • TD

          Locust represents the paying public. The reader that doesn’t want the incessant negativity. Botchford, the professional, had a big paying gig for years and was let go. He’s taken a step backwards as far as being a professional writer. I guess Locust and all us “played the game our whole lives” public has some say over the toxic writers. Unfortunately, not enough against the toxic commenters, they get banned, but keep coming back.

          • MattyT

            What utter nonsense TD (The Dunce). The only thing loser Locust represents are the incessant whiners and trolls who refuse to accept reality.

            It’s the pro-media’s job in Van to report the FACTS, not placate those too dumb or ignorant to see how bad this trainwreck is! There is no positive spin you can put on this Benning debacle ffs.

            TD – REAL fans love their team and therefore hold management accountable for their years of lies, ineptitude and inability to WIN and deliver playoff hockey as consistently promised by this redundant, loser Benning charade.

            Trolls and apologists like Locust whine while pretending that everything is just fine and dandy as the losing seasons continue on and on. It’s an insult to true fans and will be treated as such.

            Accept the truth TD and move on, or YOU will also be held accountable for your ignorance and arrogance like Locust the whiner.

      • North Van Halen

        I disagree sorta, Botch is quite intelligent, he just uses his power for evil. He looks for, implies & straight up manufactures as much negativity as he can. It worked so well for him, his disciples have followed…staring straight at JD and Kyle.
        This strategy got Trump elected and JD a paid gig so the style clearly has it’s popularity and as MattyT/Petey40/PQW/East Van Canuck/etc., etc. proves, there’s a certain segment of society that craves it.

        • Dirk22

          Botchford is obviously a sensationalist, as that is part of his media personality, but what specifically does he advocate for that you disagree with?

          Comparing people who want more competent management to Trump supporters is a bit rich ….especially since Trump supporters are the ones who are most likely to ignore any sort of evidence.

          • North Van Halen

            Not what I said. I said his brand of negative media works. Sell the negative, beat it to death, find things that don’t exist. Those that agree with you will follow regardless if it’s true or not.
            Last week Botch was selling the thought that Vegas clowned Vancouver with their stat geeks cuz they stole Marchessault & Smith from Florida and Benning without any analytics couldn’t figure out how smart those guys in Vegas were grabbing those guys for free.
            What in hell is that argument?? Then at least 24 other GM’s were clowned too. All the stats geeks were cuz none of them predicted that level of success. It was insane. He literally searches for anything he can find to drive his narrative, those that hate Benning love it. He just needs to hold a rally and start the ‘Lock her Up’, I mean ‘Fire his Ass’ chant.
            This isn’t to say there aren’t intelligent people on the fire Benning train, I think his days are numbered and I’m terrified of Myers & Simmonds eating $11 mil of our salary cap the next 5 years, it’s just the ‘I hate Benning’ crowd has a tonne of ‘alternate facts’ mixed with their real ones making debate hard. I mean tell me how I debate when I’m told the Canucks absolutely lost the Dahlen trade when neither have played a minute in the NHL. It’s just conjecture passed as another negative, it’s tiring.

          • Dirk22

            I get that but none of it changes the fact this management should be replaced or at the very least supplemented with some other voices and ideas – you’re basically admitting it in your comment. BTW – This very website was suggesting the Canucks should take a flyer on Marchessault back in 2016 so it wasn’t wholly unexpected.

            https://canucksarmy.com/2016/06/30/5-unusually-young-unrestricted-free-agents-the-canucks-should-consider-pursuing/

          • North Van Halen

            Even there you’re argument is stretched at best. The article didn’t imply JM had the potential to be a top line player and 3 of the other players are complete busts. You’ve cherry picked a 20% success rate as evidence the Canucks shoulda seen coming what nobody else did.
            Honestly if backed into a corner, I wouldn’t hate seeing Benning go. But as long as he doesn’t do anything really stupid with that cap space, giving him another year isn’t out of the question either. I could go either way, the problem is when debating almost every Anti-Benning guy it’s honestly like debating Bud Poile and his rose coloured glasses, only in reverse but there’s only one of hm, there’s so many like you that use a Canucks Army 20% success rate article as more proof Benning shoulda been smarter or say he’s definitively lost a trade with no evidence or that he definitely coulda traded Hamhuis or , it’s not reasoned

          • Bud Poile

            Canucks aren’t going going anywhere without a succession of draft picks /prospects that will lay a basis for future success.
            At 60 years of age I have an acquired patience that most younger people here will only begin to acquire later in life.
            This site stinks of a few loud fans that think everything has to happen yesterday-with perfection.
            Benning is far from perfect but he has filled the organisation with ample prospects in his three rebuilding years.
            After six decades on earth,but I have learned that perfection is impossible.
            So,support the man that has been entrusted to do the job the last guy failed to do.

          • North Van Halen

            Bud I don’t mean to offend. You are just a little over positive sometimes. I more of a realist but I sat on my Dad’s lap when he had season tickets year one. It’s why I’m also patient with Benning but there are definite flaws.
            I will always be appreciative of him changing our drafting and amateur scouting after 50 years of watching what seemed to be blind people drafting. Fans don’t seem to have the proper perspective on just how bad the drafting ha been here and how much better Benning has been at it than any of his predecessors.
            If only he would trade for an effing draft pick.

        • Macksonious

          Negativity = $$.

          There was a blogger (from a different site) who took the whole negativity thing to ridiculous levels. It was so bad that I questioned if he actually believed anything he wrote.

          However, that style seemed to work for him and received many comments (mostly p****d off people). I estimate that he had the most page hits there, while he lasted.

          • North Van Halen

            Canuck Way? Haven’t been there more than twice this season. I will say at least there’s a few positive posters there but the writing is like having JD Burke set to 10. PITB has the negativity set to 8 in the writing but the comment section is set to 10. I can only go there about once a month. Daniel writes a negative article, the comment section spits it back and forth until it’s confirmed, Benning is trading Petey for a bag of pucks, he’s giving away all our draft picks and he’s likely the cause of climate change as well.

          • Macksonious

            You guessed correct, NVH.

            That guy was in a class by himself. Now that he’s gone, the site’s tone seems to have gotten a little more positive.

            Daniel Wagner is okay, can make some valid points but he does seem to suffer from the typical blogger syndrome (“I’m smarter than the GM”).

            The negative vibe (in the PITB comments section) stems mostly from a couple of individuals. “When in doubt… blame Benning” seems to be their motto.

    • Braindead Benning

      Go to the Canucks website if you want all love and pom poms. Many experts who have played in the NHL and many of the media who have covered the sport for years are questioning JB ability to be a GM. So I guess they are all wrong hey

      • North Van Halen

        What I want is a debate with fact and truth, not made up stuff, not conjecture disguised as fact and not rumours bandied about as facts.
        Sorry if my actually wanting to debate truths and facts gets in the way of your debates.

  • Pretty Qualified Whiner or pqw

    Hi guys, how are things?
    Hopefully no one is too devastated about not making playoffs, this team will get there it just involves some patience.

    • North Van Halen

      Although the name screams PQW the comment is fair and reasoned, confusing.
      I think the only ones devastated the ‘Nucks didn’t make the playoffs are the players themselves. The rest of us were quite prepared for this. Hopefully you are correct, in the mean time, we get at least one more solid piece from the draft.

    • kermit

      The last paragraph in every CA article should be a boilerplate troll warning. I don’t read his posts but what I noticed in this thread as you can see his machinations with the trash and cheer feature. Using his alias to upvote himself and to trash the benign comments of others on his enemies list. He needs to keep the hate train rolling, for him, the worst response, is no response. If we really want to fix this, don’t read, don’t trash, don’t comment.

  • wojohowitz

    I`m becoming a Biega fan. I like what I`m seeing. Here`s three examples;

    1- Last night; Sautner has the puck behind his net but he hesitates, he doesn`t know what to do. Biega skates over and tells him where the break out pass goes and problem solved.

    2- Not last night but other nights. Biega picks up the puck in his own end, reads the play, sees an opening and carries the puck all the way, ending up behind the opponents net and then gets back in position before anyone realizes what just happened. Hughes is going to do that a lot so partner him with Biega who can show him when the play opens up and he can go coast to coast rather than a turnover and a 2 on 1 the other way.

    3- To everyone`s surprise Biega can get his point shot thru and hit the net and yet never (or almost never) does he work the point on the power play. He`s been labeled a # 7 defenceman but maybe he should be a 5-6 with Hughes.

    Here`s my updated depth chart ignoring injuries.

    Edler – Tanev
    Hutton – Stecher
    Hughes – Biega

    Brisebois – Sautner
    Pouliot – Schenn

      • Braindead Benning

        I thought Miller was a little overpaid but at least he performed well but otherwise not that bad. Just wonder what DimJim was thinking handing out $hit contracts to the likes of Beagle, Sutter, Schaller, Gagner, Ericksson, and Gudbranson what do you think about those and the fact Spooner has done nothing and Pearson is already in his 3rd team this year… Added all of it up and it reeks of incompatence..