Mar 032014
 

Losers of 9 of 10, the Canucks went across the street to BC Place, hoping to get back on the winning track against the Ottawa Senators in the 2014 Heritage Classic.

It started off great. There was a lively atmosphere, and even an early 2-0 lead for the good guys, but as has been the refrain the last couple of months, the Canucks blew the lead and ended up on the wrong end of a 4-2 final score.

Read more #TGATT goodness past the jump.

Mar 032014
 

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  • First off, can we talk about Eddie Lack getting the start over Roberto Luongo? Complete lack of respect. Yes, Lack has done well lately, but Luongo is your starting goaltender. He’s shown nothing but class and grace while the team botched their goaltending situation the last couple of years, and he definitely should have played in net today. Honestly, when will Lu get a chance to play in a game like the Heritage Classic again?
  • The game started off great for the Canucks. They took a 2-0 lead in the first 11:27 of the game, and for a while it looked like they were ready to blow the closed roof out of BC Place. Jason Garrison opened the scoring with a power play goal their first power play goal in 4 games – hey, at least the Canucks bumped one slump – and then Zack Kassian followed it up with his 11th goal of the season.
  • Speaking of which, Alex Burrows still hasn’t bumped his scoring slump. For those keeping track, he’s nearing 10 months since he last scored a goal. Just sayin’.
  • But of course, the Canucks blew a 2-0 lead, allowing the Senators to score twice in a span of 1:47 to tie up the game later in the first period. Classic Canucks blowing leads.
  • After the first period, things just went downhill for the Canucks. Cody Ceci put the Senators up 3-2 in the second period, and the Canucks didn’t have many chances to get even. And then of course Colin Greening sealed the deal with an empty-net goal with a minute and a half still remaining in the game. Anyone else thought it was too early to pull Lack for the extra attacker? Another bad decision by Torts?
  • Injury report: After one Sedin (Hank) returned from an injury, the other one went down to one. Daniel was hit into the boards by Marc Methot and remained down on the ice for a few minutes before slowly skating off the ice. He went straight for the Canucks dressing room and return for the rest of the game.
Feb 012014
 

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.

Read more #TGATT goodness past the jump.

Jan 082014
 

Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s admirable that the Canucks fought back from a 2-goal deficit against the high-powered Pittsburgh Penguins. It’s likewise impressive that they scored 4 consecutive goals, the last 2 within a 17-second span in the third period to take a 2-goal lead of their own. What sucks is that they blew a lead late – again. They allowed the Pens to tie the game late – 2 goals in 16 seconds with a minute left in the third period to be precise – and proceeded to lose 5-4 in the shootout.

The Canucks have now lost 5 consecutive games. In 4 of those games, they carried a lead into the third period. In 3 of those games, they had the lead with less than 2 minutes left.

Read more #TGATT goodness past the jump.

Dec 142013
 
Luongo recorded his 65th career shutout last night against Edmonton. That was merely a warm up for the game tonight against Boston.

Luongo recorded his 65th career shutout last night against Edmonton. That was merely a warm up for the game tonight against Boston.

Canucks fans will never forget the 2010/2011 season. I mean, it was one of the most successful years in franchise history. And who could forget the dominance and ecstasy that season was or the heartbreak in the way it ended as tonight’s visitors, the Boston Bruins, won the Stanley Cup in Game 7 on our home ice? That Stanley Cup run brought out a gritty rivalry between the Canucks and the Bruins. It brought out a different level of hatred that’s extended even to fans and media from both cities.

Because of the NHL’s unbalanced schedule at the time and the lockout-shortened season last season, these two teams have only met once since the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals – a Vancouver visit to Boston on January 7, 2012, or as Mike Gillis called it, the day the Canucks’ 2011/2012 season started to go downhill. Cory Schneider was in net that game, a 4-3 Canucks win, and Cody Hodgson scored the winning goal, but the Canucks’ play sagged after that game. Despite having the league’s best record in the regular season, they were dispatched promptly in the playoffs by the Los Angeles Kings.

Tonight’s tilt is the first of two meetings between the Canucks and Bruins this season; they meet again in Boston in February. This is the last game of the Canucks’ 5-game home stand. They’ve won the first 4 games so far, and wouldn’t it be something if they could cap off a perfect home stand with a win against one of their most hated rivals tonight? It won’t be easy though. While the Canucks have been playing well, the Bruins have been equally good. The Bruins have won 4 games in a row, including 3 consecutive wins in Canada (Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton).

Who’s Hot

Roberto Luongo was NHL.com’s second star last night after his shutout performance against the Oilers. More importantly, he’s won his last 4 starts. In that span, he’s only allowed 4 goals while stopping 114 of 118 shots (0.966 save percentage).

Jason Garrison continued his torrid scoring pace with 3 assists last night. He now has 13 points in his last 10 games, and his 22 points for the season ties him for 4th in scoring among all NHL defensemen.

With goaltender Tuukka Rask battling the flu, backup goaltender Chad Johnson started in goal in the Bruins’ last game against the Oilers on Thursday. He’s has made the most of his starts this season and has won 6 of the 7 games he’s played.

Jarome Iginla (yes I forgot he played for Boston as well) has 3 goals in his last 3 games. He currently sits in 4th in team scoring.

Who’s Out

The flu has made its way through the Bruins locker room with Tuukka Rask being one on of the latest victims. If you believe head coach Claude Julien, he may or may not play tonight, “We just have to play through it… so Rask may play through it tonight.”

The Bruins will also be without Chris Kelly, Loui Eriksson, Daniel Paille, Adam McQuaid and Dougie Hamilton, all out with injuries. Shawn Thornton is still sitting out his suspension, the full length of it to be announced later today.

The Canucks are still without Alex Edler, Alex Burrows and Jordan Schroeder.

Keep Calm

Nervousness is a perfectly normal feeling when the Canucks are playing the Bruins so here’s something to calm you.

You're welcome.

You’re welcome.

Dec 142013
 

With his preseason high-stick on Sam Gagner still fresh in mind, Zack Kassian entered last night’s match-up between the Vancouver Canucks and the Edmonton Oilers as public enemy number one. Threats of retribution followed immediately after that incident back in September, and for his part, Kass was ready regardless of whatever the Oilers threw his way.

Except the Oilers didn’t throw much of anything the Canucks’ way last night. The Canucks were as dominant as the Oilers were soft. Roberto Luongo recorded his 3rd shutout of the season, Jason Garrison had 3 assists, and hell, Dale Weise scored a powerplay goal. And Kass? He scored a goal to give the Canucks some breathing room just 2 minutes into the third period, and had irritated the crap out of the Oilers by the end of the night.

Read more #TGATT goodness past the jump.

Dec 092013
 
Ryan Kesler is happy as a kid on Christmas about his performance the past 4 games.

Ryan Kesler is happy as a kid on Christmas about his performance the past 4 games. (Photo credit vansunsportsblogs.com)

A “Battle of the Bros” takes place tonight at Rogers Arena with the Carolina Hurricanes gusting into town. ‘Canes captain, Eric Staal, and his brother, Jordan Staal, are here to take on our Sedin twins. This is the second and final meeting between the Canucks and the Canes this season. They met a little over a week ago with the Canucks winning 3-2 in Raleigh and kick-starting their 4-game win streak.

Since that loss, however, the Hurricanes have won 3 straight games themselves, including an impressive win on Friday night win against the San Jose Sharks. In that game, they battled back from a 2-goal first period deficit and scored 4 goals in the third period en route to a 5-3 win.

The Canes haven’t played since Friday and should be well-rested for tonight’s match-up. On the other hand, the Canucks played – and won – last night and tonight’s game will be their 3rd in four nights.

The Canucks will likely look to Eddie Lack to play. Roberto Luongo, who has been brilliant in his last 3 games (0.960 save percentage), was 7.1 seconds away from a shutout last night and may have the evening off.

Who’s Hot

Mike Santorelli had a hand in all 3 Canucks goals last night, scoring on 2 of them and assisting on the other, and was awarded the post-game Haida hat. He now has 7 points (3 goals and 4 assists) in his last 6 games, and 21 points (8 goals and 13 assists) in 32 games this season.

Jason Garrison has really stepped up his game with Alex Edler still injured. He notched an assist last night to extend his point-streak to 4 games; he has 6 points (1 goal and 3 assists) in that span.

With his goal last night, Ryan Kesler now has 5 goals in his last 4 games, and 15 goals this season. The latter ties him for 8th in the NHL with Sidney Crosby and Tyler Seguin. Beast mode activated.

For Carolina, Jeff Skinner has 7 points (6 goals and 1 assist) his last 5 games, including a couple of 3-point games during the current Canes win-streak.

Eric Staal is on a roll as well 5 points (1 goal and 4 assists) in his last 4 games. His 23 points for the season lead the Canes, and also leads all other Staals in the league.

Who’s Out

Same IR list for the Canucks with Alex Edler (knee), Alex Burrows (jaw surgery) and Jordan Schroeder (ankle) all still out.

The Canes will definitely be without Mike Komisarek, Drayson Bowman and Patrick Dwyer. Alexander Semin is also day-to-day recovering from a concussion, and is not expected to play tonight.

Dec 082013
 

Colorado Avalanche v Vancouver Canucks
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Vancouver Canucks (16-10-5)
Colorado Avalanche (20-7-0)

As the Colorado Avalanche close out their 3-game road trip against the Vancouver Canucks in Vancouver, the Canucks will play game 2 of their 5-game home stand. This is the first of three meetings between the two teams.

With 3 consecutive wins, the Canucks have gained some ground in the Western Conference standings. They beat the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday to tie them with the 8th most points in the conference (though the Coyotes do have 2 games in hand), and are just 2 points back of the Minnesota Wild, the other team on top of the Canucks for a wild card playoff spot.

Meanwhile, the Avalanche have cooled off slightly after their torrid 14-2-0 start. They’re 1-1-1 in their last 3 games, and 6-5-0 in their last 11.

Who’s Hot

Daniel Sedin notched another 2 assists against the Coyotes, and he now has 6 points (2 goals and 4 assists) in his last 5 games, and 11 points (3 goals and 8 assists) in his last 8 games.

Jason Garrison also scored the Canucks’ first goal on Friday night, and he now has 7 points (2 goals and 5 assists) in his last 5 games, and 9 points (2 goals and 7 assists) in his last 7 games since breaking out of his 14-game pointless streak.

For the Avalanche, their captain, Gabriel Landeskog, is on a 4-game point streak. He has 6 points (2 goals and 4 assists) in that span.

Who’s Out

The Canucks will be playing without Alex Burrows, Alex Edler and Jordan Schroeder. Let’s hope no one else gets added to this list.

The Avalanche will be playing without defenseman Jan Hejda, who is out for 10-14 days with a knee strain, defenseman Ryan Wilson, and forward Alex Tanguay.

Dec 062013
 

Vancouver Canucks vs Phoenix Coyotes

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After a successful 4-game road trip, in which they went 3-1, the Vancouver Canucks are back at Rogers Arena to take on the Phoenix Coyotes. Both teams played a month ago with the Coyotes winning in the shootout and Antoine Vermette getting the shootout winner.

The Canucks, who have won back-to-back games for the first time since the end of October, are looking to maintain some momentum as they start a 5-game home stand. They also hope to not lose any more players to injury as they’ve lost key players the last couple of games. Against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday, Alex Burrows was hit by a puck and had to have surgery for a broken jaw; he and is expected to be out for at least a month. And against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, Alex Edler suffered a knee injury and will be out indefinitely. Andrew Alberts will fill. *shudder*

The Coyotes currently occupy the 8th playoff spot in the Western Conference. Thanks to the Edmonton Oilers, their lead on the 9th place Canucks is only a single point. Needless to say, tonight’s game is critical for the Canucks, as a win in regulation would push them back in a playoff position, although the Coyotes do have 2 games in hand.

Who’s Hot

Ryan Kesler is back in beast mode. He has 4 goals in 2 games, and his 14 goals so far this season is good for 8th in the entire league.

Defenseman Jason Garrison also seems to have shaken off his scoring slump. He has 4 assists in 2 games, and has recorded 3 multi-point games in his last 4. He now has 17 points this season, which is 14th among all NHL defensemen.

For the Coyotes, defenseman Keith Yandle has goals in back-to-back games. Captain Shane Doan, who is second with the team in scoring, has 3 points (1 goal and 2 assists) in his last 2 games.

Who’s Out

Remember last week when we only had one player on injured reserve? Ah the good ol’ days. Unfortunately our injured reserve count has tripled. The 2 Alexes – Burrows and Edler – join Jordan Schroeder, who is still weeks from returning.

Phoenix will be without defenseman Zbynek Michalek (lower body) and forward Lauri Korpikoski (upper body).

Dec 032013
 

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Vancouver Canucks (14-10-5)
Nashville Predators (13-11-3)

The Vancouver Canucks wrap-up their 4-game road trip tonight against the Nashville Predators. This is the first of 3 meetings between the two teams. Last season, the Canucks won all 3 games against the Predators.

With their Sunday morning win against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Canucks have won 2 of the 3 games on the road trip so far, and it would be good to head home for their 5-game homestand on a winning note. On the other hand, the Predators have lost their last 2 games; they were shutout by the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday and lost to the Philadelphia Flyers in a shootout on Saturday.

Who’s Hot

After ending his 24-game point drought on November 23rd against the Chicago Blackhawks, Canucks defensemen Jason Garrison has been on fire. He has 6 points (1 goal and 5 assists) in his last 5 games.

For the Predators, Mr. Carrie Underwood, Mike Fisher, has 3 goals in his last 4 games. Fisher also opened the scoring for the Predators on Saturday against the Flyers.

Who’s Out

Once again, the Canucks will be without forward Alexandre Burrows who is out indefinitely with a broken jaw. Forward Jordan Schroeder is still out with a sprained ankle, though he is expected to return in mid-to-late December.

The Predators will be without the bearded one, Shea Weber (eye), and Kevin Klein (lower body). Forward Filip Forsberg (upper body) has been placed on injured reserve.

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