At first I was worried that the 7 Canucks participating in the 2010 Olympics were going to come back to the regular season fatigued and unrested, but now that you look at the games and the roles each player representing their country has, it looks like the Olympics are catering to their individual needs in a funny kind of way. Luongo The one thing Luongo needed was rest. It’s clear at this point that Brodeur is going to take the games the rest of the way and after Luongo got his chance in front of the home town crowd and...Click here to read more.
With Sami Salo almost ready to return to action this weekend, the Vancouver Canucks will have an interesting roster decision to make. Besides the team’s collective breakdown in the latter half of their loss to Detroit last night, they had actually started to turn things around defensively. For the most part, they had started to limit the number of quality scoring chances against them in the last week or so. After allowing 22 goals against in the first 6 games of the season, they only allowed 6 goals in the next 5 games. They had also been better on the...Click here to read more.
I’m actually not surprised that the first call-ups this season worked out to be Tanner Glass, Guilluame Desbiens and Aaron Rome, over say, Michael Grabner. Remember that the Canucks promoted Mason Raymond to the second line to replace Sergei Shirokov, and promoted Steve Bernier to the first line to replace Daniel Sedin; and thus, they needed to replace Shirokov and Raymond on Kyle Wellwood’s third line. At the time, the Canucks were looking for defensively-responsible bottom-six players and Glass and Desbiens fit that profile better than Grabner. But the lineup in Sunday’s win against the Dallas Stars had mixed results....Click here to read more.
The Vancouver Canucks may be right to give thanks after their 4-3 shootout win over the Dallas Stars last night. They withstood an own goal and some untimely, sloppy defensive play but got the two points anyway, thanks to Kyle Wellwood’s and Ryan Kesler’s beauties in the shootout. In their first game without Daniel Sedin, the Canucks played a much simpler game. They got the puck and moved it up quickly. They threw the puck on net and crashed Turco’s crease. They kept thing simple on the powerplay as well – they moved the puck around and got shots from...Click here to read more.
Well, you didn’t expect the Canucks to go 107-0 this season, did you? Without further adieu, here are today’s Canucks-related links: Cody struggles, Canucks lose. Hodgson still hurt, Shirokov skating today. Surprise, surprise… Sami got hurt again last night (but apparently he’ll be okay). Andrew Raycroft has a leg up on Cory Schneider in the battle for the backup position. More on Raycroft vs. Schneider here. Canucks get a new dressing room. And damn does it ever look slick. 29 players are left in Moose camp.Click here to read more.
Canucks, Blackhawks series tied at 2-2 (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Canucks were within 3 minutes of a 3-1 series lead (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Nobody ever said this would be easy (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Blackhawks down Canucks 2-1 to tie series (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Canucks low shot tally costs in end (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Canucks let one slip away (Eric Duhatschek, Globe and Mail) Blackhawks are fit to be tied (Rosie Dimanno, Toronto Star) Supporting role suits Sundin (Rosie Dimanno, Toronto Star) After tragedy, solace in The Game (Rosie Dimanno, Toronto Star) Chicago hope (Terry Jones, Toronto...Click here to read more.
Vancouver Canucks comfortable in the role of ‘Canada’s Team’ (Bruce Constantineau, Vancouver Sun) Vancouver Canucks slam Blackhawks with heavy defence (Vancouver Sun) Salo rejoins team, but does not practise with Canucks (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Pyatt plays every shift for Carly (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Rypien sees light after dark times (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Canucks get boosts from, gives boost to Pyatt (Eric Duhatschek, Globe and Mail) Early lesson in life (Terry Jones, Edmonton Sun) Focus on Luongo something to behold (Rosie Dimanno, Toronto Star) Vigneault at loss to explain fast starts (Mike Spellman, Chicago Daily-Herald) Credit Canucks for...Click here to read more.
In the post season so far the Canucks special teams woes have disappeared completely. They boast the third best Power Play in the league (tied for third with Chicago) at 25% and they’ve allowed the third fewest goals against while down a man of the remaining playoff teams. Of the 11 goals they have scored in this series so far, 5 have been Power Play markers. While it’s nice to see the Canucks powerplay clicking they can’t rely on the Blackhawks sloppy play to win games. On top of having a red hot powerplay, the Canucks penalty kill has been...Click here to read more.
Amidst the chaos and stampede caused by the bandwagon emptying on Saturday, one thing was overlooked. It’s something that has killed the Canucks in the first two games and has subtly been a difference maker in the series so far. Hits. One of the main reasons that the Blackhawks are coming back from 2 and 3 goal deficits is largely due to their hits, but it starts with their forchecking and playing of the body. The Canucks by no means boast a small roster, Hordichuk, Salo, Mitchell, Bieksa, and Rypien all know how to throw those big bone jarring heavy...Click here to read more.