Found November 11, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
It wasn’t that long ago that Vancouver Canucks’ power play was one to be feared. These days, it emits comments like this one from head coach John Tortorella: “Our power play sucked.” Tortorella’s remark came after last night’s 3-1 loss in Anaheim that saw the Canucks go 0-for-2 with the man advantage. Vancouver’s power play currently ranks 27th in the NHL, clicking at just 9.7 percent. Compare that to 2010-11, when it ranked first overall at 24.3 percent, and you’re talking about a significant drop. The fall from best to almost worst has been a precipitous one for the Canucks’ power play. In 2011-12, the unit ranked fourth (19.8%); in 2012-13, it dropped to 22nd (15.8%). What happened? Well, there’s no shortage of theories. Vancouver became too predictable, say some observers. And there’s probably something to that. But looking back to the Canucks’ salad days in 2010-11 and something else stands out — two of their top point producers with the extra attacker aren’t with the clu

The Canucks record in the Mike Gillis era, by the numbers

For readers of this blog, it’s no secret that I’m a Mike Gillis supporter. I generally think he has been good for the Vancouver Canucks and think he has unfairly gotten a lot of bad publicity for various reasons. I made my case for the argument that he “inherited” this team and outlined his biggest contribution to his team, his contract negotiations. Most recently, I outlined...

WATCH: Corey Perry uses header to corral puck, then scores

Corey Perry certainly has his head in the game. The Anaheim winger has been on a scoring rampage as of late, recording five goals in the past five games, but he really outdid himself against the Canucks. In a play that should award Perry the goal and the assist, the Duck played the puck off of his head before settling it down and slapping it past Roberto Luongo with his stick. As...

Canucks recall Booth from conditioning assignment

David Booth was recalled by the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday from a conditioning assignment in the American Hockey League. Booth had one assist in three games with the Utica Comets, helping the team record its first-ever victory. He had one goal and three points in 11 games with the Canucks prior to being sent down. To make room on the roster the Canucks sent forward Darren Archibald...

Carol Schram: Vancouver Canucks Alumni: Where Are They Now?

Welcome back, for those of you who were away for the long weekend. You didn't miss much on the ice as the Canucks dropped both their games in Southern California. Dan Hamhuis and Tom Sestito (really!) were your goal-scorers as Vancouver fell 5-1 in Los Angeles and 3-1 in Anaheim. We did have new blogs all weekend. If you missed them, click here for Saturday, which included...

Carol Schram: Vancouver Canucks Game Day: Spanked by Kings, Ducks Await

Saturday November 9 Los Angeles Kings 5 - Vancouver Canucks 1 Ouch. Not even sure I want to post the highlights from Saturday's tilt, but here we go: During the lockout season, the Vancouver Canucks went 2-0-1 against the then-champion Kings, putting to rest all the bad blood that boiled during the 2012 playoffs. On Saturday night, we saw *those* playoff Kings again—the...

Canucks in need of a tune-up

To the victors go the music. But the losers could hear it Sunday night, faintly audible through the doors of the home team’s gym next to the Vancouver Canucks’ dressing room at the Honda Center. It was dance music. Swedish House Mafia. “Don’t you worry, don’t you worry child.” It was only a hockey game, a 3-1 Canuck loss to the Anaheim Ducks. No one should worry about...

Canucks vs Ducks Game Preview – November 10, 2013

The Vancouver Canucks travel to Anaheim for their second of back to back games tonight to wrap up their four game road trip. How will the Canucks respond after a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings? Read on to find out. Last Game: If there was one game to miss so far this season, I sincerely hope you chose this one. The Canucks marched into the Staples Centre...

Why Is The West So Dominate?

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times, Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis, whose team is 7-3-1 against the East and 4-4-1 within the West, believes there's deep quality in the West. "I think the teams are better in the West, that the way the game is played, the size and speed out here, is really strong," he said. "I think you look at these games...

Carol Schram: Vancouver Canucks Game Review: Trip Ends With a Whimper, Hall of Famers

Sunday November 10 Anaheim Ducks 3 - Vancouver Canucks 1 For just the second time in the 2013-14 NHL season, the Vancouver Canucks have gone two games without collecting any points. Here are the highlights from Sunday's contest in Anaheim: The result is troubling in terms of the standings—the Canucks now have three days off before their next game on Thursday. A...

It’s time for the Canucks to make a trade

John Tortorella has got at least one thing right. Obviously it’s not the power play. It’s his emphasis on striving to win every game, every point, even if it means Mike Santorelli gets more ice time than Sidney Crosby and the Sedins get more than your average woolly mammoth. The Canucks have played a quarter of their season and it’s gone better than expected. They’ve clobbered...

Canucks hit quarter mark in middle of the pack

As the first team to reach the National Hockey League quarter-pole, the Vancouver Canucks were rewarded with a pit stop. Coach John Tortorella gave his troops what is an NHL rarity — two straight days off on Monday and Tuesday — after a less-than-stellar tour through the meat of the Pacific Division. Having completed a rather arduous stretch that saw them play 13 of their first...

Kevin Love Shuts Down Reporter’s Non-Question After Two-Point Loss to Clippers (Video)

Somewhere, John Tortorella is nodding his head and smiling. Timberwolves forward Kevin Love missed a potential game-tying tip-in in the closing seconds of Monday’s 109-107 loss to the Clippers, and he was understandably not in the jolliest of moods in the locker room afterward. So, when one reporter tried the old “ask a statement” trick — a known pet peeve of both Tortorella...
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