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This can’t keep up can it?
The memory of Vancouver’s Game 7 loss to the Boston Bruins is in many ways no farther away nor less painful than it was just 21 difficult months ago. The core Canucks members remain but the question of whether this is the group that can still win the big one is much more suspect.
Talent alone will not assure the cup victory the team and their dedicated, desperate fans crave.
Even more worryingly, in the midst of their recent poor run, the skilled, dominant identity the team had crafted for itself appears to be fading.
The Columbus game provided a glimmer last night, at least in the second period, of the familiar game controlling incarnation of the Canucks. However, that sight is more fractured on each outing as this group struggles to function as a unit.
The Sedins started the year slowly but have regained their point a game pace, but the rest of the team cannot keep up. As a result, the high powered offence is rapidly losing steam.
The Sedins started the year slowly but have regained their point a game pace
Vancouver eked out a shootout win in the end against the Blue Jackets thanks to Mason Raymond’s extravagant move but struggled to find any real offence all night.
Diehards will argue that the absence of Bieksa and Kesler has been the reason why this team has been rendered less effective, but that is a poor perspective.
Many teams suffer injuries, but do not rely on that as an excuse.
For instance, the blazingly hot Blackhawks have had their own concerns this season, with Hossa having missed time and have required a reliance on back-up Ray Emery in goal, but they have soldiered on.
Vancouver in particular appears more anxious behind the bench. Watch Coach Alain Vigneault these days as he spends more time frantically berating the officials over perceived injustices than concentrating on creative game planning.
I have been a staunch AV supporter for years, but must admit the growing cracks are harder and harder to paper over as time passes.
This team`s identity fade from a fast paced, skillful unit to the obscurity of anonymity is the responsibility of their leadership and a refresher may be in order.
Next time, we will look at some ideas for change at the top of the Canucks organization.
In the meantime, send us your thoughts on the Canucks devolving identity crisis and the AV situation.
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Roberto vs. Cory
A great twist on a classic Vancouver Rivalry.
The 2 netminders Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo both say the media has blown the ultra competitive rivalry between the pipes over the top. The two netminders have some fun for the camera, caught on You Tube.
Canucks fans will LOVE this Video.
Luongo vs. Schneider.
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Throw all context out the window and celebrate the fact the Canucks earned two points in a game. Their slide means that simply winning a hockey game is reason enough to celebrate. It wasn’t particulary pretty, but it was needed.
The road trip is over with three points from three games and the Canucks now head into a four game homestand against Nashville, Detroit, Minnesota...
The goalie situation in Vancouver is anything but settled, what with Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider going back and forth as the number one netminder on the club. As it stands Schneider and Luongo have nearly split the goaltending duties right down the middle, appearing in 14 and 12 games respectively. Despite this ongoing competition, the two happen to be quite friendly, as evidenced...
The Vancouver Canucks goalie situation has been talked about often ever since Corey Schneider replaced Roberto Luongo in the playoffs last year. After deciding to keep Luongo for the time being, he ended up replacing Schneider when Schneider didn’t play well to start the year.
The two are friends off the ice which makes things much easier for them, and this video with TSN’s...
Late in the first period on Tuesday night, the Columbus Blue Jackets had an odd-man rush on the Vancouver Canucks. Canucks forward Alex Burrows was doing his best to back-check and cover the man in front of the net. He must have thought that there was a pass going out front, rather than a shot, because he dove in the passing lane. The shot went wide and while Roberto Luongo...
Home, Sweet Home
The Vancouver Canucks are back at home to start a four game home stand against the Nashville Predators. The Canucks are fresh off of a win in a shootout against the Columbus Bluejackets that snapped the teams four game losing streak and helped salvage the teams three game road trip.
The Predators on the other hand are also coming off a win over the Dallas Stars have...
Andrew Ebbett and Jannik Hansen both had a goal and two assists as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Nashville Predators 7-4 on Thursday night.
Alex Edler, Mason Raymond, Max Lapierre, Henrik Sedin on a penalty shot, and David Booth, into an empty net, also scored for the Canucks, who won their second straight. Roberto Luongo finished with 29 saves.
Ebbett, who has split time this...
4 Game Home Stand Begins vs. Predators
Well, on paper, the Vancouver Canucks three game road trip was not a total disaster! Three points in two games against Columbus helped them garner three of a possible six points during the three game road swing. The Canucks return home Thursday to face a Nashville Predators team that has had as much trouble scoring goals as the Canucks as...
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Maybe the concern over losing to “lowly” Columbus in overtime was unjustified. After all, with a win tonight they’re just two points behind the Canucks.
The Blue Jackets are red hot, having won five in a row, while the Canucks have won three of their last eleven.
By the run of play, a Jackets win tonight isn’t out of the question, but imagine the...
Goals in Wednesday night's meeting between the Vancouver Canucks and Nashville Predators figure to be at a premium, especially based on the first time these teams faced off.
Roberto Luongo outdueled Pekka Rinne last month, and these goalies could match up again when the Canucks open a four-game homestand.
Nashville (11-9-6) is the NHL's lowest scoring team at 2.2 goals...
The Nashville Predators fly to beautiful British Columbia for the first and final time this regular season to take on the Vancouver Canucks. The Predators are 11-9-6 with 28 points and ranked 10th in the Western Conference. The Canucks are ranked 3rd in the Western Conference with 30 points and a record of 12-7-6. Puck drops at 9:07pm CT.
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The 1-0 loss to Vancouver at Bridgestone Arena was the beginning of a 1-5-0 skid for the Nashville Predators at the end of February. Nashville travels to Vancouver for their one meeting in the Pacific Northwest this season and hope to continue the hot start to the five-game road trip coming off a 4-0 win over the Dallas Stars. But...
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The Canucks and the Predators left defense in the dressing room as they played to an entertaining 7-4 final. While the Preds didn't have the lead all game, and we're actually only tied for about 5 minutes, they continuously pushed to keep themselves relevant. They scored four goals in back to back games which is pretty much...