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The Canucks power play, beyond the numbers

Don’t look now, but the Canucks have quietly put together a six-game string of games in which they have scored a power play goal. Looking at it “in-depth”, they were only able to score six goals in that stretch, but they did so with only 24 power plays, meaning they scored on 25% of their […]

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Five ways to fix the Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks lost 3-2 in overtime on Monday night after outworking, out-shooting (39-22) and out-chancing the Kings. This was despite being the more desperate team, having home ice advantage and playing a backup goalie (albeit a capable backup who is red hot right now). After the most gut wrenching loss in recent memory last night […]

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Canucks vs Stars Game Preview – November 17, 2013

The Canucks are back at it Sunday night for their first meeting of the season against Jamie Benn and the Dallas Stars. How will the Canucks come back after a devastating loss to the San Jose Sharks? Read on to find out. Last Game: I think it would be fair to say that John Tortorella […]

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What’s wrong with this team?

The Canucks are officially at the halfway mark of this lockout shortened season and something is clearly wrong with this team. This doesn’t resemble the team that won two straight President’s Trophies. Something is missing from the 2010-11 team that showed so much moxie, so much swagger, and more importantly, so much talent until it […]

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The Canucks Aren’t Good Enough 5-on-5

Something that hasn’t received enough attention until only recently is how poor the Canucks have been at 5-on-5 play. Sure their power play is fantastic at a league best 26.7% and their penalty killing is respectable, ranking 12th in the league at 84.4%. But it is their play at even strength that is concerning. Currently […]

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THIS Is What We Live For: Stanley Cup Final Game 7

I’m not one to use Canucks marketing campaign slogans on a regular basis (I’ve never said that ‘we are all Canucks’), but never has ‘this is what we live for’ been more true. Game 7, Stanley Cup Final, at home. This IS what we live for. It’s what the players live for, it’s what the fans live for. Quite simply stated, it’s the biggest game in Canucks history. It’s bigger than 1994. There will probably never be a bigger game for this franchise. This is their time. They will become legends if they win, or be labeled as chokers should they come up short.

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How Can the Canucks Solve Tim Thomas?

We’re now through four games of the Stanley Cup final and the Vancouver Canucks have scored precisely five goals on Bruins netminder Tim Thomas. Of those five goals, only four of them were meaningful (the late goal in game 3 was scored in garbage time). Everyone is blaming Luongo right now (and there is validity to that blame), but they are not going to win this series unless they can score more goals. So this begs the question: how do the Canucks solve Tim Thomas?

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The Top Three Stories that Nobody is Talking About Heading into Game 4, Bruins vs Canucks

With all the hoopla surrounding the Aaron Rome hit (and the subsequent suspension) on Nathan Horton, a few stories have been overshadowed. Everyone has had a chance to hash it out by now, so it’s time to move on to the big stories heading into game 4.

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Canucks-Bruins Stanley Cup Final Series Preview

With a 1-0 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night, the Canucks found out their opponent for the Stanley Cup Final. That opponent, of course, are the big bad Boston Bruins. While the Lightning probably have more star power, I think this matchup will provide a little more sizzle given that the Bruins are an original 6 franchise.

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What went wrong in game 3

You’ll notice that the title of this blog entry does not end with a question mark. That’s because I know what went wrong in game 3 for the Canucks. Here’s what it was:

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