10:55 PM EST, Wed December 12, 2018
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Who should play with Elias Pettersson: Weighing in with analytics

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.
20 hours ago
I Watched This Game: Canucks rally in third period to let out the Blue Jackets

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.
Dec 11, 2018
Don’t vote for Elias Pettersson on the NHL All-Star Game fan ballot

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.
Dec 10, 2018
How will the Seattle expansion draft impact the Canucks?

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.
Dec 9, 2018
I Watched This Game: Brock Boeser and Elias Pettersson make St. Louis sing the blues

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.
Dec 7, 2018
Mike DiPietro has the opportunity to build on his winning reputation

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.
Dec 7, 2018
I Watched This Game: Canucks chase the West's best goaltender from the net to halt losing skid

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.
Dec 6, 2018
There’s no easy fix for the Canucks’ penalty kill crisis

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 won just 12 of their last 13 games and a major reason why is the penalty kill. The Canucks 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.
Dec 6, 2018
Jay Beagle and the comfort of a broken bone

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.”
Dec 5, 2018
I Watched This Game: Josh Leivo scores in Canucks debut, but penalty kill continues long slide

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.
Dec 4, 2018
The Pros and Cons of Seattle joining the NHL for the Canucks

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.
Dec 4, 2018
Canucks roster roulette: Beagle back, Gagner gone, Goldobin scratched, Gaudette stays

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.
Dec 3, 2018
Jim Benning takes advantage of Leafs’ roster situation to acquire Josh Leivo

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.
Dec 1, 2018
I Watched This Game: Anders Nilsson’s brilliant afternoon can't stop the Stars

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.
Nov 30, 2018
I Watched This Game: Magic from Elias Pettersson isn't enough to topple the Golden Knights

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.