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CanucksArmy Postgame #40: Can’t Get No Grindin’

Tonight’s game could have been 56 seconds long. That’s how long it took Adam Henrique to open the scoring. That’s how long the Canucks looked like they were in this game. Instead, Canucks fans were treated to another 59 minutes of boring, ineffectual hockey and another four goals against. They managed 31 shots, but you…

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CanucksArmy World Junior Recap: Czech Republic 6 Belarus 5

The Czech Republic and Belarus aren’t exactly big draws on the international stage, but boy did they deliver this afternoon in buffalo. In a surprising barn burner, both teams combined for 11 goals and played the type of loose, fun hockey that fans have come to expect from this tournament. The Czechs had some great…

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Canucks Army Postgame #30: Dud

There wasn’t a lot of pace to tonight’s game, and that may have been by design. The Canucks will spend the next six weeks without Bo Horvat, which means they’ll have to keep chances at a minimum if they want to win games in his absence. In the past, Travis Green has liked to role…

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Canucks Army Postgame #26: Two Brothers

Today is history. You could live a thousand lifetimes and never again see what happened tonight. Forget hockey. The uniqueness of the careers of Henrik and Daniel Sedin may never be seen again in the world of sport. Two Brothers, identical twins, both drafted by the same team, play their entire careers together, and tonight…

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Markus Granlund Isn’t The Problem, It’s Your Expectations

Obviously, the biggest story of the season has been Brock Boeser, and by extension, the play of fellow youngsters and linemates Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi. Another young forward has also been a story this season, for all the wrong reasons. After a 19-goal, 32-point performance in 2016-17, Markus Granlund has just four points in…

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It’s 2017 and We’re Talking About Brandon Sutter’s Plus/Minus

Sportsnet 650’s Andrew Walker, along with Scott Rintoul, made an appearance during the Canucks broadcast last night, in both intermissions, to talk with Dan Murphy about the current state of the Canucks. One quote in particular about Brandon Sutter caught my attention. “Travis Green’s done a lot of right things and he’s pushed a lot…

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CanucksArmy Postgame #14: Standing In the Shadows

Sometimes it pays to play a full 60 minutes. Overall, the Canucks played well enough to get the win tonight, but a flat start and a late goal from Tomas Tatar conspired to keep this one out of reach for the home team. That goal gave the slumping Tatar his 200th point, and wouldn’t you…

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WWYDW: Making The Sedins More Entertaining

Jawn Jang said some dumb things this week, and we all rightly got upset. The Sedins have been two of the most exciting players in franchise history, and anyone who suggests otherwise is bound to make equally unfounded statements about, say Ben Hutton. I digress. What is true is that the Sedins have flown under-the-radar this season….

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WWYDW: Fixing The PP

The Canucks have been a nice story thus far. They’re currently occupying the third place slot in the Pacific Division, and are in the midst of a three-game winning streak. There’s still a long season ahead, but they’re in a good spot, especially considering where expectations were at the beginning of the season. The power…

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WWYDW: Goaltending Controversy

Frankly, I’ve always hated the “goaltending controversy” narrative in Vancouver. With the exception of a short blip during the Luongo-Schneider era, the Canucks have generally always had strongly defined roles when it comes to the goaltending position. But, like it or not, it’s undeniable that the tumultuous history of goaltending in Vancouver has weighed on…

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Canucks Army Postgame #3: Meet The New Boss…

It may have been only the third game of the season, but tonight’s tilt had all the trappings of a classic mid-season snoozefest. Neither team brought their best effort, with the Canucks in particular going through long stretches where it looked like they were just going through the motions. Even a late-game slapper from Chris…