2014 has been anything but kind to the Vancouver Canucks with a plethora of losses peppering their game calendar. Questions are virtually everywhere with every fan and their dog voicing their idea for a quick fix or easy solution. The defence has looked slow and the forwards are virtually non-existent when it comes to providing offence. Coaching has been an issue and player morale hasn’t been this low in over five years. The team is in turmoil. But one area which, for the past two years, has been the focal point of gossip has remained static and solid. The goaltending...Click here to read more.
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Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com Another game, another loss, and a lot more questions left unanswered. Last night’s game was probably the most uneventful Canucks vs. Bruins game in a long time. But I suppose when one team is not only mired in a deep slump, but also missing a good chunk of their regular roster due to injury, and the ones who did dress seemed unwilling to engage, the temperature cooled down considerably. Henrik Sedin is hurt. That much is obvious. He can’t take face-offs and he can’t take a hit. And after every shift, when he skates back to the...Click here to read more.
The Canucks lost again. And they couldn’t score on the power play again. And they lost again. But at least the new guy scored – Raphael Diaz’s first goal of the season – and played a relatively uneventful and team-high 25:26 minutes. We just won the trade #tgatt — Jenna Fabulous (@jennafabulous) February 4, 2014 Silver linings? Like this:Like Loading…Click here to read more.
(Photo Credit: canucks.nhl.com) Vancouver Canucks (27-21-9) at Boston Bruins (35-16-3) Remember when the Canucks met the Boston Bruins last time in December? Remember how good they looked in beating them 6-2 at Rogers Arena? Neither do I. As good as the Canucks were that night, they’ve been far from outstanding since then. Since scoring 6 goals that night, they’ve scored just 42 goals in 22 games – for those counting at home, that’s a 1.91 goals per game average over an entire quarter of a season. They were shut out by the Detroit Red Wings last night – the third...Click here to read more.
Just when you didn’t think the Canucks could play any worse, they put together a listless effort like last night’s against the Detroit Red Wings. After some woeful losses over the last month, they should’ve been buoyed by coach John Tortorella’s return from his 15-day suspension or by captain Hank Sedin’s return from injury. Instead, they put up little fight, getting shut out 2-0 by the Wings, the third time they’ve been shut out in their last 11 games. More like SOUR play, amirite? #ugh #tgatt #Canucks — Justin Abraham (@justinabraham) February 3, 2014 Like this:Like Loading…Click here to read more.
After serving his 15-day suspension for going off the rails, er, “off the country” against the Calgary Flames, Canucks head coach John Tortorella is back behind the bench tonight as they face the Detroit Red Wings for the second and final time this season. It probably couldn’t have come at a better time either, with the team struggling and losing playoff ground. Not too long ago, the Canucks seemed firmly in a wild card playoff spot, even threatening to overtake the Los Angeles Kings for 3rd place in the Pacific Division, but thanks to their 4-9-2 record in January are...Click here to read more.
Hey, look, Torts, Statler and Waldorf were at the game! Photo Credit: canucks.nhl.com Some highlights – sure, let’s call them that – about the Canucks’ 4-3 lost to the Winnipeg Jets last night. Dear the guy who brought the giant Torts cut-out – that’s so much awesome. Devin Setoguchi snapped his scoring drought, scoring twice, including the game-winner with just 2:56 remaining in regulation. Prior to his first goal, just 6 minutes into the game, he had gone scoreless in 7 games, and only had 1 goal in his last 26 games. There has to be a stat out there...Click here to read more.
4-9-2. After losing 4-3 to the Winnipeg Jets last night, allowing Devin Setoguchi to score the game-winning goal with 3 minutes left in the third period, that’s the Canucks’ record in January. 4 wins. 11 losses. And like cherry on top of the whipped cream on top of the fudge on this January crap cake, they also lost Henrik Sedin, Mike Santorelli, Kevin Bieksa and Chris Tanev to long-term injuries. Wake me up when January ends. #Canucks #tgatt — Derek Bolen (@hurrrdurrr) January 31, 2014 Like this:Like Loading…Click here to read more.
A wake up call, a kick in the ass, a pep talk: whatever you want to call it-these guys need it. And while the whole team has been in a funk that could give Rick James a run for his money, the core group is on a level of its own. The top players that brought the Canucks to within one win of the coveted Stanley Cup have apparently fallen off the map into Mariana’s Trench. The leadership seems fragile (even more so with Henrik Sedin out) and the energy lacklustre. The upcoming Olympic break will hopefully bring some much needed perspective...Click here to read more.
Man, these losses seem to be getting more depressing by the day. After taking a quick 2-0 lead on the Chicago Blackhawks, the Blackhawks scored 4 unanswered goals in a 7-minute span in the second period. The end result? Another loss – the Canucks’ 10th loss in January versus just 3 wins. But hey, at least Tom Sestito scored again. The Boxing hobo strikes again!!! How do you like that @KeithOlbermann #tgatt — Sean Holmes-Smith (@holmes156) January 29, 2014 Like this:Like Loading…Click here to read more.