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  • Canucks trade Sam Gagner to Oilers for Ryan Spooner

    The Vancouver Canucks have been fairly active around the fringes of the trade market this season, making several small deals, the biggest bringing in Josh Leivo. On Saturday, they swapped players that had previously cleared waivers with the Edmonton Oilers: Sam Gagner and Ryan Spooner. It really seemed like the Canucks didn’t know what to do with Sam Gagner this season. After signing him to a three-year, $9.45 million contract back in 2017, the Canucks suddenly found that they didn’t have a spot for him this season, cutting him in the preseason and putting him on waivers.

    Daniel WagnerFebruary 16, 2019

  • As injuries mount on the blueline, Canucks call up Luke Schenn from Utica

    It’s hard to be surprised at the Canucks’ injury woes at this point, particularly when it comes to the two oldest defencemen on the roster. Alex Edler has played a full 82-game season just once in his career, while Chris Tanev has never managed that feat. Tanev missed 40 games last season, while Edler only missed 12, but their situations have been reversed this season. Edler has already been out for 20 games total and is expected to miss more recovering from a concussion, while Tanev has been mostly healthy, only missing five games. Unfortunately, he’ll be out for a while, as he was placed on the Injured Reserve, meaning he’ll be out a minimum of seven days.

    Daniel WagnerFebruary 15, 2019

  • I Watched This Game: Canucks eke out shootout victory versus last-place Los Angeles Kings

    The Canucks’ injury woes are starting to get a little ridiculous. Already missing Sven Baertschi, Alex Edler, Brandon Sutter, and Thatcher Demko, the Canucks added Chris Tanev and Jake Virtanen to the list of walking wounded.

    Daniel WagnerFebruary 15, 2019

  • Games against Flames and Sharks should be a wakeup call for the Canucks

    The Vancouver Canucks are on the edge of the playoffs, just a couple points back from the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. The players in the room, they’re believers. They can see the standings and know they’ve got a chance to prove the doubters wrong. The Canucks’ management seems to believe in the team as well, or at least believes that there’s value in a young team playing important games down the stretch, gaining experience for the future.

    Daniel WagnerFebruary 14, 2019

  • I Watched This Game: Canucks shutout by rookie goaltender Kevin Boyle in Anaheim

    You could make the argument that this loss was more embarrassing than the 7-2 disaster against the San Jose Sharks on Monday. At least the Sharks have a legitimate case to be the best team in the Western Conference and the Canucks managed to score a couple goals for the highlight reel. The Anaheim Ducks, on the other hand, have been in free fall since mid-December. Since December 17th, the Ducks had won just two games heading into Wednesday’s match-up with the Canucks. Their record was 2-15-4 in that timespan.

    Daniel WagnerFebruary 14, 2019

  • Just how bad did John Shannon think Erik Gudbranson was going to be this season?

    The Canucks’ defence got exposed on Monday. Without Jacob Markstrom bailing them out, the Canucks’ defence gave up goal after goal to the San Jose Sharks. It’s been an issue all season: the Canucks give up too many scoring chances and struggle to consistently move the puck up ice. The Sharks took advantage, poking holes in the Canucks’ defensive coverage and creating turnovers almost every shift.

    Daniel WagnerFebruary 13, 2019

  • Canucks find a goaltender, trading a 7th-round pick for Marek Mazanec

    For over a month, the Canucks have been in the precarious situation of having just three healthy goaltenders on an NHL contract, with one of them being 19-year-old Michael DiPietro. On Monday, that number contracted to one: with Thatcher Demko already out with a knee injury and Jacob Markstrom experiencing “lower body tightness,” DiPietro was forced into action. It went poorly. On Tuesday, the Canucks addressed their goaltending depth by acquiring Marek Mazanec from the New York Rangers for the Canucks’ 7th-round pick in 2020. While it may have come a day too late, it at least gives the Canucks a little more flexibility for the rest of the season.

    Daniel WagnerFebruary 12, 2019

  • I Watched This Game: Michael DiPietro gets unnecessarily eaten alive by the Sharks

    That was a disaster. Thanks to a series of unfortunate events, the Canucks ended up starting 19-year-old goaltender Michael DiPietro in his first NHL game against arguably the best team in the Western Conference, who are the second-highest scoring team in the league. It wasn’t ideal. It was also completely avoidable.

    Daniel WagnerFebruary 12, 2019

  • Jacob Markstrom is giving up fewer early goals, posting more quality starts

    There’s been a growing sentiment among the Canucks fanbase that Elias Pettersson has a competitor for the crown as the team’s most valuable player: Jacob Markstrom. The Canucks wouldn’t be on the edge of a playoff spot without Markstrom’s performance this season and he’s earned accolades around the league for his emergence as a true number one goaltender. Only, there’s one oddity: his save percentage is actually worse than last season.

    Daniel WagnerFebruary 11, 2019

  • Zack MacEwen has a four-point night for Comets; immediately gets called up by Canucks

    The Canucks haven’t had much luck developing prospects in the AHL and have faced questions regarding the ice time their current crop of prospects is getting with the Utica Comets. There’s one prospect, however, that has been consistently held up as an example of their development process working: Zack MacEwen. The 22-year-old winger was unheralded when he entered the Canucks system, but has shown consistent and steady improvement throughout his time in Utica, becoming a legitimate prospect deserving of an NHL call-up.

    Daniel WagnerFebruary 10, 2019

  • I Watched This Game: Jacob Markstrom steals a win from the Calgary Flames

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: the Canucks’ top two Swedes took over and near-singlehandedly delivered a victory over the Calgary Flames. The big difference is that when the Sedins were dominating the Flames, they did so with incredible puck possession and shifts spent almost entirely in the offensive zone. That was decidedly not the case on Saturday night, which is why Jacob Markstrom was the biggest reason the Canucks left Rogers Arena with the win.

    Daniel WagnerFebruary 10, 2019

  • Elias Pettersson’s “PetterZone” is real and it’s spectacular

    Human beings are big fans of numbers divisible by five for what should be obvious reasons (just take a quick glance at your hands if you can’t figure it out). Numbers divisible by five are treated as milestones — numbers divisible by ten even moreso. Elias Pettersson keeps hitting those quintuple milestones in his rookie season. The latest milestone was scoring his 25th goal of the season against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.

    Daniel WagnerFebruary 8, 2019

  • I Watched This Game: Canucks can’t capitalize versus Blackhawks after Pettersson forces overtime

    The worst team in the Western Conference is just five points out of a playoff spot. This is a rather ludicrous situation. The Los Angeles Kings have just 50 points in 54 games. They’re old, slow, and can’t score goals. But they are within striking distance of the playoffs, because the eight teams ahead of them can’t create any separation from the basement of the Western Conference.

    Daniel WagnerFebruary 8, 2019

  • The Canucks literally can’t afford to be buyers at the trade deadline

    Heading into the 2018-19 NHL season, the idea that the Canucks might be buyers at the trade deadline would have been laughable. It didn’t matter if you were an old-school hockey man, a gambling expert, or an analytical nerd: there was a general consensus that the Canucks were going to finish last place in the Pacific Division and near the bottom of the NHL standings. It was completely understandable: the Canucks had just lost the two best players in franchise history to retirement and the only potential replacement was a skinny 19-year-old kid. In free agency, they spent money and term to upgrade the bottom of the roster with three bottom-six forwards, and didn’t change anything on defence or in net, despite allowing the sixth most goals against last season.

    Daniel WagnerFebruary 7, 2019

  • I Watched This Game: Canucks comeback runs out of time against Capitals

    No one is surprised anymore when Don Cherry says something ludicrous, but every once in a while he pushes the boundaries of ludicrosity to see if he still has that indefinable “it” factor that can catch even the most jaded listener off-guard. His recent comments about Elias Pettersson went in a very unexpected direction. I’m not talking about him saying that you can’t compare Pettersson to Bobby Orr, because I have to assume something prompted that. As much as Cherry loves to bring up Orr at the drop of a hat, someone must have brought up Pettersson and Orr in some way that makes sense, perhaps based on the impact each had on their respective teams. I have to assume that or I’ll lose my sanity.

    Daniel WagnerFebruary 5, 2019

  • Injuries to Edler and Demko cause Canucks to call up Brisebois and DiPietro

    The news for Alex Edler is about as good as it gets after the scary scene on Monday night: he doesn’t have any facial fractures, but does have a concussion and needed a lot of stitches and dental work. He’s expected to miss at least a week, though it’s always hard to project the recovery time for a concussion. Thatcher Demko, meanwhile, returned to Vancouver for an MRI after tweaking his groin on Monday. It’s unclear how much time he’ll miss.

    Daniel WagnerFebruary 5, 2019

  • Tyler Madden’s Beanpot performance showcases his rise up the prospect ranks for the Canucks

    Eyebrows were slightly raised when the Canucks selected Tyler Madden in the third round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Madden was certainly a well-regarded prospect, but he had just 34 points in 50 games in the USHL, less productive than the USHL player that was selected immediately after him in the draft, Jake Wise. Considering Adam Gaudette, another USHL player with minimal points in his draft year, went on to win the Hobey Baker award, the consensus was that Judd Brackett and the Canucks’ USHL scouts have earned the benefit of the doubt. In his freshman year at Northeastern University, Madden has rewarded their belief in him, scoring at just short of a point-per-game pace.

    Daniel WagnerFebruary 5, 2019

  • I Watched This Game: Alex Edler injury added to insult of loss to the Flyers

    When a hockey player goes down with an injury, I find myself looking at the feet. There are two bad signs: when the player is kicking their feet frantically and when they are completely still. Alex Edler’s feet were completely still.

    Daniel WagnerFebruary 4, 2019

  • I Watched This Game: Canucks cruise to a higher altitude in Colorado

    There’s a phrase that crops up in sports with some regularity: “Why not us?” It’s the rallying cry of the underdog, the team that no one believes in. No one, at least, other than the players in the room and the die hard fans that never count them out.

    Daniel WagnerFebruary 3, 2019

  • Elias Pettersson doesn’t have a personality problem; hockey has a personality problem

    The Canucks’ super-rookie, Elias Pettersson, has become known for more than just his electrifying skills on the ice. Now he’s also known for his withering “death stare.” Questions about the “death stare” came up several times during All-Star Weekend, including a live interview from Scott Oake during the Skills Competition. And now it’s become a topic of conversation in Vancouver, with some questioning whether Pettersson’s “prickly” personality will become a problem.

    Daniel WagnerFebruary 1, 2019

  • Jim Benning isn’t worried about the expansion draft when it comes to Quinn Hughes

    Quinn Hughes made his debut in Vancouver during the 2019 World Juniors, teasing Canucks fans with a glimpse of his elite skating and ability to transition the puck up ice. Since moving the puck out of the defensive zone is one of the issues that plagues the Canucks’ current defensive corps, fans are eager to see Hughes back in Vancouver as soon as possible. That could come sooner than you might think. Thanks to some serious goaltending issues, the University of Michigan is struggling, meaning Hughes’ NCAA season season — and potentially career — could quickly come to a close. If Michigan’s season ends before that of the Canucks, Hughes could leave the NCAA and sign with the Canucks, much like Brock Boeser and Adam Gaudette did before him.

    Daniel WagnerFebruary 1, 2019

  • Canucks are in same place as two years ago, but the direction is different

    Two years ago, the Canucks went into the 2017 All-Star break with a 23-20-6 record, giving them 52 points — just one point out of a playoff spot. A young forward led the team in goals and points and represented them at that All-Star Game. Two years later, not much has changed. The Canucks once again had 52 points heading into the All-Star break with a 23-21-6 record and once again sit on the cusp of a playoff spot, tied in points with two teams ahead of them that have games in hand. They’re even led in goals and points by another young forward, who represented the team at the All-Star Game.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 31, 2019

  • Jim Benning won’t trade draft picks, but also downplayed acquiring them

    One of the criticisms leveled at the Canucks’ current management group is their unwillingness or inability to acquire draft picks. The Canucks have made 34 picks at the NHL draft over the last five years under Jim Benning’s tenure as General Manager, which is one fewer than the allotment of 35 picks that each team receives each year: 7 picks, one in each round. That seems unusual for a rebuilding team, but particularly for a GM that has staked his reputation on scouting and drafting. Ultimately, Benning has sent out more picks in trades than he has acquired. Heck, one of the draft picks they acquired — a 2nd-round pick in 2017 used on Jonah Gadjovich — wasn’t from a trade at all, but compensation for the Columbus Blue Jackets hiring John Tortorella, who still had term remaining on his contract with the Canucks.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 31, 2019

  • Which Canucks tend to slow down in the back half of the season?

    The Canucks hit the All-Star break in a place few expected them to be at the start of the season: in the playoff hunt. For the Canucks to make the playoffs, a lot of things will have to go right: Jacob Markstrom and Thatcher Demko will need to provide excellent goaltending down the stretch; the defence needs to improve the transition game to spend less time in their own zone; and, with limited offensive depth, the Canucks can’t afford to have anyone’s offensive production slip.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 30, 2019

  • Elias Pettersson was even faster than we thought at the Fastest Skater competition

    Eyebrows were raised when Elias Pettersson was named to the Fastest Skater event at the 2019 All-Star Skills Competition. There were a few reasons why. One is that fans were eager to see what he could do in the Accuracy Shooting event with his NHL-leading 28.0% shooting percentage or in the Hardest Shot event with his near-100 mph slap shot.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 28, 2019

  • Elias Pettersson more than held his own at 2019 All-Star Skills Competition

    It may not seem possible for Elias Pettersson to open anyone’s eyes at All-Star weekend, given how he’s taken the league by storm in the first half of the season, but perhaps eyes were opened a little bit wider than they were already. While Elias Pettersson didn’t get a shot at the Accuracy Shooting event at the 2019 NHL All-Star Skills Competition, possibly because the rest of the All Stars were terrified that he’d show them up, he still got a chance to prove that one of the few supposed weaknesses of his game isn’t a weakness at all.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 25, 2019

  • Elias Pettersson to compete in Fastest Skater, Puck Control events at All-Star Skills Competition

    On Thursday, I made the argument that Elias Pettersson could conceivably compete in all six events at the 2019 All-Star Skills Competition thanks to his diverse skill set. That includes the lone goaltending competition, in which every skater will participate in taking shootout attempts on the various goalies. The one event where I thought he could compete, but wouldn’t get a chance to because he isn’t known for his breakneck speed, is the Fastest Skater competition. So, because the universe takes special delight in regularly proving me wrong, Pettersson will be competing in the Fastest Skater competition, along with the Puck Control event.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 25, 2019

  • In which events could Elias Pettersson compete at the 2019 All-Star Skills Competition?

    When Brock Boeser went to the 2018 All-Star Game, was there any doubt that he would compete in the Accuracy Shooting contest at the Skills Competition? When it comes to Elias Pettersson, however, that’s an open question. The skillset of the Canucks’ superstar Swede lends itself to more than one event in the Skills Competition. There are six different events set to take place at the SAP Center in San Jose on Friday and Pettersson could conceivably compete in every single one.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 24, 2019

  • Alex Edler is a leader for the Canucks, on and off the ice

    Jacob Markstrom has no time for anyone who, in his view, doesn't have enough respect for Alex Edler. When it’s suggested that he’s playing better this season compared to the last couple of seasons, he doesn’t hesitate to slap back. “He’s always been playing that good,” said Markstrom. “It’s just that you guys don’t acknowledge it.”

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 24, 2019

  • I Watched This Game: Canucks head into All-Star break on sour note with loss to Hurricanes

    The last time the Carolina Hurricanes won in Vancouver, Paul Coffey played over 20 minutes. That should give you an idea of just how long ago it was — nearly 20 years. Coffey was 38 years old and in the twilight of his career. The 1999-2000 season was the last full season of his career, but he still had a little life left in his too-tight skates, tallying 40 points in 69 games.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 24, 2019

  • Jacob Markstrom finds his confidence in hard work with Ian Clark

    Over the past couple months, Jacob Markstrom has played the best hockey of his career. He’s never had a month like he had in December, where he put up a .943 save percentage while going 8-1-0 in his nine starts. After a slight stumble early in January, Markstrom is showing that his December heroics were no fluke, with a .945 save percentage in his last three starts. His performance has been crucial for a Canucks team that has given up a lot of early shots and struggled to move the puck up ice. Without Markstrom locking things down early, the Canucks wouldn’t be where they are right now: within striking distance of the playoffs.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 23, 2019

  • If Nikolay Goldobin gets back into the lineup, it might be at the expense of Jake Virtanen

    The socks were the giveaway. At Canucks practice, the players usually split into two groups: one wearing white jerseys and one wearing blue jerseys. Each group wears socks to match: white socks with white jerseys, blue socks with blue jerseys. On Tuesday, Jake Virtanen was wearing white socks with a blue jersey.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 22, 2019

  • Josh Leivo has benefited from a change of scenery (and usage)

    Elias Pettersson leads the Canucks in a lot of categories. He’s first in goals, points, power play goals and points, game-winning goals, and plus/minus. If you prefer your stats a little fancier, Pettersson leads the Canucks in Wins Above Replacement, aka. WAR, and is in fact one of the best in the league by that metric. When you look at some other statistics, however, Pettersson comes in second place. Pettersson is second among Canucks forwards in corsi percentage, fenwick percentage, shots percentage, and goals percentage. He is second in all of those statistics to one player: Josh Leivo.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 21, 2019

  • I Watched This Game: Elias Pettersson’s two points in return repel Red Wings

    After missing five games with a sprained MCL, Elias Pettersson was eased back into game action like a cold water-slider into a hot tub. He wasn’t like those mad lads that go straight from the freezing cold to practically cannonballing into the hot tub; he dipped his toe in on his first shift, playing just 8 seconds before the puck was tipped over the glass and he went back to the bench. By the end of the first, he’d played a little over five minutes and the 15:36 he played over the course of the game is among his lowest totals of the season.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 20, 2019

  • I Watched This Game: Thatcher Demko stymies Sabres with 36 saves in first start of the season

    Even with the time he’s missed due to injuries, Elias Pettersson has few competitors for the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year this season. He has 11 more goals than the next best rookie and 16 more points. The argument for Pettersson is more than just points, however; it’s the overall impact on the Canucks that makes him not just the best rookie, but one of the most valuable players in the league. If Pettersson does have any competition, it’s Rasmus Dahlin, who was in town Friday night with the Buffalo Sabres.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 19, 2019

  • Power play goals are eluding Brock Boeser this season

    Last season, Brock Boeser almost single-handedly saved the Canucks power play. It took 18 games for the Canucks to put Boeser on the first power play unit, but when they did so against the Los Angeles Kings, it sparked an immediate response. Heading into that game, the Canucks were 10-for-71 on the power play, succeeding on just 14.1% of their opportunities with the man advantage.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 18, 2019

  • Travis Green has high expectations and "honest love" for Nikolay Goldobin

    Snoopy may have turned his into a swinging pad, but, for most people, the doghouse isn’t where they want to be. That’s where Nikolay Goldobin finds himself halfway through his first full season in the NHL. The skilled playmaker may be fourth on the Canucks in points, but questions remain about his commitment to the defensive side of the game and his ability to put up points without Elias Pettersson as his centre.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 17, 2019

  • With Horvat hurting, Canucks call up Kero as a precaution

    The theory behind the Canucks’ top-four centres heading into the season was to use Brandon Sutter and Jay Beagle primarily in a defensive role, freeing up Bo Horvat and Elias Pettersson for more offensive usage. The construction of the Canucks’ roster is a throwback to a pure top-six/bottom-six dichotomy, something that has been abandoned by some of the best teams in the NHL. Unfortunately, the Canucks haven’t been able to truly test whether their throwback approach will work because the four centres have rarely been healthy at the same time.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 17, 2019

  • I Watched This Game: Canucks fall short in shootout against the Oilers

    Wednesday night was Hockey Talks Night for the Vancouver Canucks, who started the initiative in 2013 after the untimely passing of Rick Rypien. Even thinking about Rypien at this point makes me emotional. For the ceremonial puck drop, the Canucks brought out Rick’s brother, Wes Rypien, along with former Canucks goaltender Corey Hirsch, who has been forthright about his own battles with anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and suicidal ideation.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 17, 2019

  • Canucks deal Michael Del Zotto to Ducks for 7th-round pick, Luke Schenn

    The Canucks had two losses on Wednesday night: one on the ice and one in the room. On the ice, it was a tough shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers, with whom the Canucks are competing for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. In the room, they lost a well-liked teammate, as Michael Del Zotto was traded to the Anaheim Ducks for Luke Schenn and a seventh-round pick.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 16, 2019

  • Jake Virtanen’s production has slowed, but there are signs it will pick up again

    Early in the season, Jake Virtanen was the talk of the town. The fun and absurdity of the #ShotgunJake meme, in which Canucks fans shotgunned a beer every time Virtanen scored a goal, created a buzz in more ways than one. #ShotgunJake began with Jason Brough of TSN 1040 boldly predicting a 20-goal season for Virtanen, which would have doubled his career high from last season. That prediction didn’t seem so bold when Virtanen hit eight goals just 20 games in, but since then, Virtanen’s production has slowed significantly.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 16, 2019

  • The Pacific Division got weird

    The Vancouver Canucks are a .500 team. That’s not ideal. For perspective, a .500 record over a full season gets you 82 points and would have been good for 22nd in the NHL last season, missing the playoffs by a wide margin. At the same time, the Canucks are tied with four other teams for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. They actually have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs, though it will take some good fortune and good health.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 15, 2019

  • A realistic look at the Canucks’ chances of making the playoffs

    The Canucks have had a rollercoaster 2018-19 season. They’re far better than anyone anticipated, though that’s largely because the bar was set so low. The average pre-season projection had the Canucks finishing last in the Pacific Division with 78 points. The emergence of Elias Pettersson as more than just a good rookie, but a bonafide superstar, has made the Canucks competitive. A little over halfway through the season, the Canucks are right on the edge of the playoff picture in the Western Conference, tied in points with the Minnesota Wild and Anaheim Ducks for the final Wild Card spot.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 14, 2019

  • Nikolay Goldobin’s game has flaws, but Canucks shouldn’t give up on him

    One Canuck, more than any other, has been a bone of contention this season. Nikolay Goldobin has been the subject of endless debates on sports talk radio, articles in newspapers and online, and conversations among fans. On Sunday against the Florida Panthers, that conversation took a turn. Goldobin was responsible for a hooking penalty that typified so many of the criticisms leveled against him: he stopped moving his feet, he didn’t battle for the puck, and looked disinterested defensively. To many, it was a sign that he’s just not getting what head coach Travis Green is trying to teach him.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 14, 2019

  • I Watched This Game: Canucks come out ahead in Roberto Luongo and Jacob Markstrom goaltender duel

    If this was Roberto Luongo’s last game in Vancouver, it was a fitting final performance. Luongo was remarkable, flashing some vintage glove saves that sparked loud “Luuuuuu” chants in the crowd. Then he was let down by the team in front of him failing to provide any goal support and, dejected, gave up a bad goal late when it didn’t matter any more. Classic.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 13, 2019

  • How much NHL talent should we expect the Utica Comets to produce?

    Here’s a question: how many players drafted by the Canucks have spent a significant amount of time developing with the Utica Comets and have become regular NHLers in Vancouver? Just one: Jake Virtanen. The Canucks’ first round pick in 2014 has played 77 games for the Comets, including almost an entire season in 2016-17. The Canucks draft pick currently on the roster with the second-most games played in Utica is Adam Gaudette, who has played all of seven games with the Comets.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 11, 2019

  • I Watched This Game: Canucks let the Wookiee win on Star Wars Night

    It was Star Wars night at Rogers Arena, which meant the Canucks were casting themselves as the plucky, underdog Rebels and the Arizona Coyotes as the evil Empire. I’m not quite sure that metaphor works. After all, if you’re looking for an NHL team that parallels Luke Skywalker, who grew up on the desert planet of Tatooine, wouldn’t you go with a team literally from the desert? If you want plucky underdogs, how about the team that has made it out of the first round of the playoffs just once in their history with a team name that is literally a relative of a dog?

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 11, 2019

  • Mid-season grades for the 2018-19 Vancouver Canucks

    The Canucks are just over halfway through the 2018-19 season and are wrapping up a four-day break after a long road trip, so it’s the perfect time to break out the red pen and do a little marking.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 10, 2019

  • Elias Pettersson is a WAR hero

    It’s been clear to Canucks fans all season just how important Pettersson is to the team, but it was driven home by their performance without him in the lineup over the last couple games. Pettersson has the ability to almost single-handedly win a game, such as his hat trick against the Ottawa Senators. How many wins, exactly, is Elias Pettersson worth?

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 9, 2019

  • Petrus Palmu explains reasons why he left Utica Comets: “Nobody really talked to me.”

    When Petrus Palmu made his way back to Finland after repeatedly being a healthy scratch with the Utica Comets, it was a bad look for the Canucks organization. Somehow, it looks even worse less than a month later. It’s not just that Palmu immediately began producing after his return to TPS in the Finnish Liiga, though that does raise the question of why he never got any top-six opportunities in Utica. What makes it look worse now is comments made Tuesday by Palmu that suggest there were communication issues with the young Finnish prospect.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 8, 2019

  • Canucks call up Adam Gaudette after a week in Utica

    That didn’t take long. Adam Gaudette got sent down to Utica at the end of December thanks to the return of Sven Baertschi to the Canucks lineup. Since Gaudette is exempt from waivers and was getting limited ice time, it made perfect sense that he would make the trip to Utica rather than possibly losing a player on waivers. Gaudette spend just three games with the Comets, tallying two goals and an assist.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 8, 2019

  • Toni Utunen’s World Junior gold medal sparks optimism about the Canucks prospect

    You can tell by Toni Utunen’s international experience that the Finnish Ice Hockey Association believes in the young Canucks prospect. He’s been representing Finland in international tournaments since he was 14, when he played in the World Selects Invitational. Since then, Utunen has played in the 2016 Youth Olympic Games, two World Under-18 tournaments, and two Hlinka Gretzky Cups for Finland. He was the Captain of two of those teams, including when he helped lead Finland to a gold medal in 2018. Those accomplishments pale in comparison to taking home World Junior gold this year.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 7, 2019

  • I Watched This Game: Maple Leafs crush a tired, Pettersson-less Canucks

    Teams that are ready to be legitimate playoff contenders don’t go from competitive to nearly unwatchable when they lose one player. For an example, just look at the Canucks’ opponents on Saturday night: the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs are currently second in the NHL, behind only the dominant Tampa Bay Lightning. After defeating the Canucks, they have a 27-12-2 record, and a plus-39 goal differential. They’ve compiled this record even though Auston Matthews missed a month with a shoulder injury and William Nylander held out for the first 28 games of the season to negotiate a better contract.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 6, 2019

  • Quinn Hughes and Tyler Madden heading to gold medal game at 2019 World Juniors

    If you could use just one word to describe Team USA at the 2019 World Junior Championship, it would be “speed.” Their roster was chock-full of great skaters, with two of the best being Canucks prospects.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 4, 2019

  • Flyers throw a wrench in Canucks’ plans by claiming Mike McKenna

    The Anders Nilsson trade was a tidy piece of business for the Canucks. While it was a minor trade in terms of the players involved, it accomplished a lot: it freed up a spot for Thatcher Demko, moved Nilsson’s $2.5 million contract, and even provided a replacement for Demko with the Utica Comets in Mike McKenna. About that. The trade became a little less tidy on Friday when the Philadelphia Flyers claimed McKenna off waivers.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 4, 2019

  • I Watched This Game: Canadiens shutout Canucks; Pettersson leaves game with apparent knee injury

    On Wednesday, Canucks fans were giddy with excitement after Elias Pettersson almost single-handedly won a game against the Ottawa Senators, capping off his first career hat trick with the overtime game winner. It was a fantastic finale to a day when he was named to the All-Star Game and scored his 20th goal of the season, earning two big contract bonuses in the process. Less than 24 hours later, those same fans were in despair watching Pettersson lie face down on the ice in obvious distress after getting taken down behind the play. He eventually made his way off the ice and down the tunnel to the locker room, after which the Canucks reported he would not return to the game.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 3, 2019

  • I Watched This Game: Elias Pettersson’s first career hat trick unseats the Senators

    In December, I wrote about seven different franchise rookie records that Elias Pettersson could conceivably break by the end of this season. I didn’t expect that less than a month later, he would have already broken one of them. With his overtime goal against the Ottawa Senators, Pettersson set a new franchise record for most game-winning goals by a rookie with seven. The record was previously held by Pavel Bure.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 3, 2019

  • Toni Utunen ends Mikey DiPietro’s tournament with overtime game-winner for Finland

    Mikey DiPietro looked shellshocked at the end of Canada’s quarterfinal game against Finland. He had just done everything he possibly could to give Canada the win to move on in the World Junior Championships. It wasn’t enough. That’s when he was named the Best Player for Canada in the game, and one of the top-three players for Canada in the tournament, forcing him to pose for photographs for his individual awards while he was devastated about the loss for his team.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 2, 2019

  • Elias Pettersson will represent the Canucks at the 2019 All-Star Game

    File this one under “Foregone Conclusions.” In an announcement that surprised absolutely no one, Canucks super-rookie Elias Pettersson has been named to the 2019 All-Star Game. He is currently the only member of the Canucks on the roster for the Pacific Division, which is unsurprising, even if an argument could be made for both Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 2, 2019

  • Canucks have to kick off 2019 right by leaving the Crap Mantle in Ottawa

    The Canucks went on a disastrous 13-game run earlier this season, losing 12 of those games while struggling to score and handing out power play goals like they were Jolly Ranchers at a parade. That wasn’t the lowest point of the season, however, nor was it any of their four shutout losses. Instead, it was the brief moment they held the Crap Mantle after an early season loss to the Washington Capitals.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 2, 2019

  • Canucks trade Anders Nilsson to Senators, paving path for Thatcher Demko

    The Canucks are in Ottawa to face the Senators on Wednesday, but one player won’t be leaving with them as they continue their road trip. Anders Nilsson will be staying in Ottawa, as he’s the newest member of the Senators. On Wednesday morning, the Canucks traded Nilsson along with winger Darren Archibald to the Senators for goaltender Mike McKenna, winger Tom Pyatt, and a sixth round pick in 2019.

    Daniel WagnerJanuary 2, 2019

  • Tyler Madden scores two goals to help USA top Finland to finish World Junior prelims

    Canucks fans were eager to watch Team USA at the World Junior tournament for one reason: Quinn Hughes. The Canucks’ first-round pick from the 2018 draft was one of the biggest draws of the tournament going in and for good reason: he’s been far better than his two points in four games would suggest. It’s another Canucks prospect that has been the most pleasant surprise, however. Tyler Madden has shown exactly why Judd Brackett and the Canucks’ scouting staff were so high on him when they drafted him in the third round in 2018. Against Finland, Madden was one of Team USA’s best players, scoring two goals, including the eventual game-winner.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 31, 2018

  • Mikey DiPietro named best player of the game for Canada in World Junior loss to Russia

    In his biggest test of the 2019 World Junior Championships, Mikey DiPietro couldn’t quite come up with the win for Canada, but he did enough to earn player of the game honours. Canada’s final game of the preliminary round became a goaltender’s duel between DiPietro and Russia’s Pyotr Kochetkov after a couple early goals suggested it would be a very different game. DiPietro stood tall in the Canadian net and gave his teammates a chance, but they weren’t able to score more than one goal on Kochetkov.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 31, 2018

  • I Watched This Game: Canucks close out 2018 with a disappointing defeat to the Devils

    The Canucks closed out 2018 in lacklustre fashion by getting shut out by a rookie goaltender on a team that is below .500. It’s not exactly the high point they were hoping for, but it’s pretty fitting given how their year went. In 85 games in 2018, the Canucks went 34-41-10, the sixth worst record in the calendar year. They were out-scored by 30 goals and were shut out more than any other team in 2018. To be fair, there are still games to be played on Monday, so there are a couple teams that could tie the six times they were shut out.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 31, 2018

  • I Watched This Game: Elias Pettersson gets it done at both ends of the ice against the Flames

    Elias Pettersson just isn’t fair. The Canucks’ wunderkind ("undrar barn" in Swedish) has the ability to create ex nihilo, taking nothing and turning it into something beautiful. Case in point, the second period of the Canucks’ meeting with the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 30, 2018

  • Canucks send Adam Gaudette to Utica as Sven Baertschi and Troy Stecher return

    The Canucks are getting closer and closer to a fully healthy roster. With the expected return of Sven Baertschi and Troy Stecher to the lineup in Calgary on Saturday night, the lone player left on the Canucks’ injured reserve is Brandon Sutter, who is travelling with the team on their current road trip and could return soon. In order to get down to the 23-man roster limit, the Canucks sent down rookie centre Adam Gaudette to the Utica Comets. It was the easiest and most obvious move to make; it was also the right one.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 29, 2018

  • Canucks have already used similar tactics to Switzerland’s World Junior power play

    On Thursday on day two of the World Junior Championships, it initially looked like Canada was going to dominate Switzerland the same way they dominated Denmark. Cody Glass opened the scoring just 36 seconds into the game. Switzerland did not go away quietly, however, and it was thanks to their power play. They went 2-for-4 with the man advantage, their only two goals in a 3-2 loss.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 28, 2018

  • I Watched This Game: Canucks need just one period to beat the Oilers

    Christmas can be a wonderful time of year, when you gather with friends and family to give gifts, eat food, and share stories. It can also be an incredibly stressful time of year, full of passive-aggressive gifts that highlight a personal flaw, food you can barely taste because of an awful cold, and family members that only want to tell you about the latest conspiracy theory they read on Facebook. I don’t know what kind of Christmas was had by Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen, but he didn’t look particularly well-rested on Thursday night against the Canucks.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 28, 2018

  • Mikey DiPietro was Team Canada’s guy well before he shut out Denmark

    Canada dominated Denmark in their opening action of the 2019 World Junior Championship. It was almost painful to watch, provoking questions of whether hockey needed a mercy rule, as Canada romped to a 14-0 win. Canucks prospect Mike DiPietro was better than he needed to be in the Canadian net: not only did he stop every shot he faced for the shutout, he even had an assist.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 27, 2018

  • Future Canucks (and potential future Canucks) highlight World Junior Championship in BC

    The 2019 World Junior Hockey Championship kicked off on Boxing Day in Vancouver and Victoria, marking the second time British Columbia has hosted the event. Last time the tournament was in BC was in 2006, when a Canucks prospect helped lead Team Canada to gold.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 26, 2018

  • I Watched This Game: Late Jets goal spoils 40-shot effort from the Canucks

    ‘Twas the game before Christmas, and all through the city Canucks fans were saying, “These refs sure are…

    Daniel WagnerDecember 23, 2018

  • Is Brock Boeser better than ever?

    It’s easy to forget now, but there were some serious concerns about Brock Boeser to start the season. It began in the preseason, when the Canucks’ young sniper failed to score a goal in five games, a far cry from the four goals in five preseason games he scored heading into his rookie year. While preseason is largely meaningless, something looked a little off about Boeser’s game, particularly the released on his rightly-feared shot.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 21, 2018

  • I Watched This Game: Jacob Markstrom shuts one door, Canucks blow the other wide open

    Last time the Vancouver Canucks played the St. Louis Blues, they crushed them with their most lopsided win of the season thanks to some puck luck and truly awful goaltending from the Blues. Like “I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am” or “Judy is a Punk,” it was second verse, same as the first on Thursday night in Vancouver.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 21, 2018

  • No suspension for Danick Martel; NHL’s Department of Player Safety remains a bad joke

    George Parros is the Head of the Department of Player Safety for the NHL. He and his department are responsible for assessing supplemental discipline for anything that happens on the ice. That means suspending or fining players for violent actions that are outside the rules of the game. George Parros also owns clothing line called “Violent Gentlemen” that glorifies the violence of hockey. It includes a Donald Trump-inspired line of hats, t-shirts, and bumper stickers with the slogan “Make hockey violent again.”

    Daniel WagnerDecember 19, 2018

  • I Watched This Game: An exciting loss to the Lightning comes at the expense of Troy Stecher

    The reviews are in and this game between the Canucks and Lightning is a hit! “One of the most exciting games of the season,” said one Canucks fan. “This is awesome!” said another. “Extremely fun,” said a third. All it took was the Canucks’ youngest defenceman getting a probable concussion! What fun! How thrilling! Trés excitant!

    Daniel WagnerDecember 19, 2018

  • Olli Juolevi undergoes knee surgery, out for the rest of the season

    Just two weeks ago, Olli Juolevi was going to be just fine and was expected to be back on the ice before Christmas. The prospect defenceman flew into Vancouver to see Canucks medical staff after missing a week with what was described as a “minor knock,” but the initial assessment didn’t seem to raise any red flags. “Olli is going to probably be out for the next two, two-and-a-half weeks,” said Jim Benning on December 3rd. “He doesn’t need surgery or anything. He’s going to be out for a couple weeks and then we’re gonna see where he’s at, but we think he should be good to play after that.” Two weeks later, Juolevi isn’t good to play and he did, in fact, need surgery.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 18, 2018

  • Anders Nilsson and Mike DiPietro debut new pads with new year approaching

    There’s not a lot of room for personal style in hockey. Each skater wears an identical jersey, pants, and socks, with personal touches limited to a unique number, or something slightly flashier like a tinted visor or Alex Ovechkin’s yellow skate laces. The one exception is goaltenders, who not only wear uniquely painted masks, but also wear an entire canvas on their legs.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 18, 2018

  • I Watched This Game: McDavid vs Pettersson was secretly the Boeser and Horvat show

    With Pettersson’s incredible start to his rookie season, it was hard to avoid comparing him to other NHL greats. When you get compared to Wayne Gretzky after your first NHL game, every other comparison becomes fair game. Since then, Pettersson has been compared to Pavel Datsyuk, Alex Ovechkin, and Sidney Crosby, as well as great rookie seasons from Canucks history and across the NHL. It was inevitable that he would also be compared to the reigning Art Ross winner and arguably the best player on the planet, Connor McDavid.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 17, 2018

  • I Watched This Game: Canucks tighten the screws on struggling Flyers

    In 1995, Tim Robbins wrote and directed an intense drama about good and evil, responsibility and redemption, named Dead Man Walking. Susan Sarandon earned the academy award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Sister Helen Prejean, a Catholic nun and anti-death penalty activist, who wrote the book upon which the movie is based.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 16, 2018

  • Canucks add to right side depth on defence with signing of 20-year-old Mitch Eliot

    The biggest question mark for the future of the Canucks is on defence. The Canucks have elite young talent at forward, as well as some decent depth. They also have two great prospects in net, though there’s plenty of uncertainty surrounding the position. It’s defence that seems the most suspect, particularly the right side. On the left side, the Canucks have a blue-chip prospect in Quinn Hughes, the still-promising Olli Juolevi, intriguing potential in Jack Rathbone, as well as wild cards like Nikita Tryamkin, Guillaume Brisebois, and Toni Utunen.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 14, 2018

  • Canucks scored two shorthanded goals in game for first time in five years

    Apparently I should write a critique of an element of the Canucks more often. Ever since I wrote about their penalty killing crisis, the Canucks haven’t allowed a power play goal. Through a combination of a little more discipline to avoid the penalty box and some sharper shorthanded work, the Canucks have gone four straight perfect games on the penalty kill. More than that, on Thursday against the Nashville Predators, they outscored the Predators’ power play with two shorthanded goals.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 14, 2018

  • I Watched This Game: Predators needed Bonino and overtime to beat the Canucks

    I feel for any Canucks fans that might have a heart condition. For 54 minutes, this game was mind-numbing, as the Nashville Predators took an early lead, then strangled the life out of the game. Then, for six glorious minutes, the game was a thrilling affair, with moments seemingly tailor-made to spike your heart rate and increase your blood pressure.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 14, 2018

  • Like Brock Boeser last year, Elias Pettersson is on-pace to shatter Canucks rookie records

    For the second season in a row, the Canucks have a superstar rookie leading the way and giving the fans hope for the future. Last season, it was Brock Boeser; this season, it’s Elias Pettersson. And, just like Boeser last season, Pettersson is on-pace for the best rookie season in Canucks history.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 13, 2018

  • The Canucks organization should be ashamed that Petrus Palmu is heading back to Finland

    After the pre-season, Canucks fans could be forgiven for thinking that Petrus Palmu would play in the NHL this season. Instead, Palmu will be heading back to Finland to play another year for TPS in the Finnish Liiga. Word came out Thursday morning that an agreement had been reached to loan Palmu to TPS. It’s a frustrating decision that should lead to questions about how the Canucks are running their AHL affiliate.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 13, 2018

  • Who should play with Elias Pettersson: Weighing in with analytics

    Even the most optimistic projections for Elias Pettersson’s rookie season expected a few more growing pains for the rookie centre. But even as fans can see Pettersson struggle at times, he just keeps piling up points. Pettersson is now seven goals and 13 points ahead of the next best rookies in both categories. Heck, he has more points at even-strength alone than the next best rookie has in all situations. Despite missing six games, he’s leading the Canucks in scoring and is tied for 14th in the NHL in goals.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 12, 2018

  • I Watched This Game: Canucks rally in third period to let out the Blue Jackets

    The Canucks’ 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues had enough fortunate bounces for a month’s worth of hockey games. That’s not to take anything away from the Canucks, who worked hard to create their own luck, but it was enough to make you wonder if they’d used up all their good luck for a while. The first minute of Tuesday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets seemed to confirm that: the Canucks were out of luck.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 11, 2018

  • Don’t vote for Elias Pettersson on the NHL All-Star Game fan ballot

    Brock Boeser was the breakout star of last year's NHL All-Star Game. He dominated the accuracy shooting event during the Skills Competition, then followed that up with an MVP performance during the 3-on-3 tournament the next day, winning a new car and earning contract bonuses and prizes totalling $550,000. It would be understandable, then, for Canucks fans to be eager to see Elias Pettersson get the same opportunity this year. You might be tempted to vote for Pettersson in the fan voting that has already opened up on the NHL website. Don’t do it. Don’t vote for Elias Pettersson.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 11, 2018

  • How will the Seattle expansion draft impact the Canucks?

    The addition of an NHL team in Seattle for the 2021-22 season has some upside for the Canucks, adding a geographical rival that should lead to some intense games, particularly if they meet in the playoffs, as each teams’ fans will be able to easily travel to see their team in the other’s arena. It also means, however, that the new team will be taking one of the Canucks’ players in an expansion draft.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 10, 2018

  • I Watched This Game: Brock Boeser and Elias Pettersson make St. Louis sing the blues

    I could have sworn the St. Louis Blues were going to be good this season. I wasn’t alone: they were a popular pick to not only make the playoffs, but to be a potential Cup contender in the West. Instead of rocketing to the top of the Central Division, however, the Blues have been an utter disaster.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 9, 2018

  • Mike DiPietro has the opportunity to build on his winning reputation

    When the Canucks drafted Mike DiPietro in 2017, he was already a winner. He was coming off a stellar season with the Windsor Spitfires in which he won the Memorial Cup, posting a .932 save percentage during the tournament. That wasn’t the only factor that led to the Canucks selecting him in the third round — he was already highly regarded by scouts and draft rankings — but it certainly didn’t hurt. If you believe that the best players can elevate their game when the pressure is on, DiPietro is the type of player you bank on.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 7, 2018

  • I Watched This Game: Canucks chase the West's best goaltender from the net to halt losing skid

    It had been over a month since the Canucks last won a game at home. They weren’t going to end another homestand without a win. The Canucks came out firing on all cylinders, and even on a few prisms, cones, and spheres. It was some of the most dominant hockey we’ve seen from them this season, which is impressive considering it came against the Western Conference-leading (albeit injury-riddled) Nashville Predators.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 7, 2018

  • There’s no easy fix for the Canucks’ penalty kill crisis

    A lot of things have gone wrong during the Canucks’ current losing skid, but their shorthanded struggles have to be one of the biggest concerns. They have lost 12 of their last 13 games and a major reason why is the penalty kill. The Canucks have given up at least one power play goal in 10 of their last 13 games and it’s part of a larger trend that goes back to October 29th.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 6, 2018

  • Jay Beagle and the comfort of a broken bone

    Jay Beagle was itching to get back in the lineup, particularly when the Canucks hit their recent losing skid. “The hardest thing is being sidelined during the hard times,” he said before he made his return to the lineup on Tuesday night. “To be sidelined and watch your team do good and be winning games, that’s great, but when it’s the hard times, that’s when you really want to get back out here.”

    Daniel WagnerDecember 6, 2018

  • I Watched This Game: Josh Leivo scores in Canucks debut, but penalty kill continues long slide

    Remember, remember, in early November, the Pacific Division they topped. I see no reason, the Canucks’ early season should e’er be forgot. For an all-too-brief moment after the first week of November, the Canucks were flying high. With points in five straight games, including four wins, the Canucks were in first place in the Pacific. The capstone was eight goals scored on the Boston Bruins, seemingly laying to rest any concerns that the Canucks couldn’t score goals.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 4, 2018

  • The Pros and Cons of Seattle joining the NHL for the Canucks

    On Tuesday, the NHL’s Board of Governors voted unanimously to grant Seattle an expansion franchise for the 2021-22 season. That will bring the league’s teams up to an even 32. The league plans to balance out the Eastern and Western Conferences by moving the Arizona Coyotes to the Central Division.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 4, 2018

  • Canucks roster roulette: Beagle back, Gagner gone, Goldobin scratched, Gaudette stays

    Trying to keep up with the Canucks’ roster and lineup changes feels a bit exhausting. On Monday, Brendan Leipsic got claimed off waivers, then the Canucks traded for Josh Leivo. With Jay Beagle returning from injury, however, the Canucks needed to make one more roster move. Though no official announcement has been made just yet, Sam Gagner is off the Canucks’ official roster and appears to be the one getting sent back down to the AHL. That comes as a surprise, considering he was playing in the top-six and getting first unit power play time.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 4, 2018

  • Jim Benning takes advantage of Leafs’ roster situation to acquire Josh Leivo

    Shortly after the Canucks lost one left winger in his 20’s to waivers, they gained another. As Jay Beagle nears a return, the Canucks needed to make a roster move to make room for him and Brendan Leipsic found himself the odd man out. He was put on waivers on Sunday, then claimed by the Los Angeles Kings on Monday. Shortly after that news broke, the Canucks announced that they had acquired Josh Leivo from the Toronto Maple Leafs for Utica Comets forward Michael Carcone.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 3, 2018

  • I Watched This Game: Anders Nilsson’s brilliant afternoon can't stop the Stars

    Depending on your perspective, this Canucks season is going absolutely terribly or exactly as planned. After losing to the Dallas Stars in this game, the Canucks are securing a spot as one of the worst teams in the NHL. Their minus-20 goal differential is better than only the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings, and only the Kings have a lower points percentage. The Canucks have now lost 10 of their last 11 games, picking up an overtime point in just two of those losses.

    Daniel WagnerDecember 1, 2018

  • I Watched This Game: Magic from Elias Pettersson isn't enough to topple the Golden Knights

    In his post-game presser, Travis Green said, “It might have been one of our better games of the year,” and I’m inclined to agree.

    Daniel WagnerNovember 30, 2018

  • Troy Stecher is ready to make a statement that he belongs in the Canucks lineup

    By the end of the 2017-18 season, Troy Stecher was playing big minutes for the Vancouver Canucks. In back-to-back wins against Anaheim and Edmonton in March, he played 26 and 27 minutes. Over the final ten games of the season, he was averaging 22:36 in ice time per game, second only behind Alex Edler on the Canucks. This season, however, it seems like Stecher is back at square one with Canucks head coach Travis Green.

    Daniel WagnerNovember 29, 2018

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