It doesn’t take any great hockey mind to look at the Canucks’ 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks to understand that something is really wrong with this team right now. The Canucks are playing some of the most inconsistent hockey that we’ve seen in Alain Vigneault’s tenure in Vancouver.
The Canucks came into the Chicago game riding a streak that had seen them put up 3 wins in their last 4 games. While those numbers aren’t spectacular, it is worth noting that the style of play was significantly more “Canuck like” than the play we saw in October. Finally, it looked as though the team was going to be able t...
You are 18-years-old. You have just completed the best hockey season of your entire life – racing up draft boards from a low-mid round pick into a projected mid first round pick. It is an incredibly exciting night, as you sit there with your family waiting and hoping to hear your name called.
You watch as commissioner Gary Bettman announces the Islanders trading down 2 picks. Then trading down 2 more picks. The Islanders staff takes the stage ready to announce their ninth overall pick, and you are still not thinking too much of it.
We are in mid-November, and it is time for my look at the Canucks this month thus far. The 'Nucks have played 7 games up till now (1 home, 6 road), and have managed to get 8 of 14 points. Brian Raiger takes a look at what the Canucks have done correctly and what they need to do for their remaining 6 games of the month and season ahead.
NOV. 1 - CANUCKS @ FLAMES - SCORE: 5-1 W
The key to any game is to have a successful first 20 minutes, come out hard hitting, get the puck deep, draw a penalty, and convert. This is what happened for the Canucks, scoring 3 goals in the first 20 minutes (2 of them with the extra man, and one of these PP goals coming with 19 seconds left in th...
After losing a tough game to the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday, the Islanders look to finish off their West Coast road trip on a happy note. They will be facing the Vancouver Canucks, a team that made it to the Stanley Cup Finals this past season.
The last time these two teams faced each other, both teams got a point, but the Canucks came out with two of them, defeating the Islanders in a shootout.
The Canucks bring along former Islander Roberto Luongo, who has been struggling so far this season along with the rest of the Canucks squad. Only having 17 points so far this season, the Canucks will look to get over the .500 plateau. So the Islanders need to expect a strong game o...
Despite the Canucks not playing their best hockey as of late, I do believe that this is a strong team built to succeed this season. If this team doesn’t make the playoffs, I would be completely shocked. As a whole, this is a solid team that has a lot to offer each and every night.
That being said, I do think there is one glaring weakness on this team, and that is bottom six grit. I’m not talking about fighters like Volpatti and Weise (as I believe those guys are capable of the job), I’m talking about the grit that is so apparently missing on the third line.
Think back to the good times last year. The third line consisted of Manny Malho...
On the first night of the California back-to-backs, the Canucks got exactly what they needed. The team took an early lead allowing the coaches to spread out the ice time to avoid tiredness for tomorrow’s game.
After jumping out to a quick 3-0 lead with goals from Salo (4), Ebbett (1) and Rome (2), the Canucks sat back and floated around waiting for tomorrow to arrive. Here on my thoughts on tonight’s game.
- Salo makes the Canucks defense so much better. He is so calm and experienced that he makes those around him appear that much better. With 4 goals on the season, Salo is a dominant defenseman in this league right now. I will go as far to say that he is...
When the Canucks first traded for Keith Ballard, it was originally thought that he could play alongside Dan Hamhuis on the Canucks top shut-down pair. Fast-forward two years and we have seen a completely different scenario play out.
Trading to acquire Ballard from Florida is one of GM Mike Gillis’ boldest moves to date. He saw a smooth skating defenseman who was good enough for 30+ points per season and some solid defensive play. Now, a lot of people will tell you that the Canucks haven’t seen that player. I support a different point of view. I don’t think Keith Ballard has been given a chance to show us that player.
There are certain games you get up for in the course of the season, and few tend to generate as much excitement within a fanbase as the first meeting of the year between bitter rivals. It's a date circled early on the calendar and loaded with anticipation.
The players get up for it, too, and they feed the media all the right quotes and give the fans the little wink-wink-nudge-nudge, and then .... they go out there and lay a big, fat egg - which is exactly what Chicago did last night against the Vancouver Canucks.
We've discussed the Blackhawks/Canucks rivalry and how last season ended often enough by now. The Blackhawks rol...
It was last year that the Canucks took on the Blackhawks, got blown out and then turned the season around. I suppose that fans are hoping for something similar to come out of tonight’s tilt.
It is the first game of the season for the bitter rivals and it is shaping up to be a good one. Here are my pre-game notes.
- The Blackhawks have been playing some really good hockey lately. With an 8-2-3 record that is good enough for second in the conference, you can bet that the Canucks are going to be in for a challenging night.
- The Hawks are winning despite Jonathan Toews being really quiet this season. Many were calling for him to take the next s...