Today In Canucks History: Stan Smyl

This the first edition of “Today in Canucks History” or simply hashtagged #TICH. From time to time we will sharing moments of happenings from that day. Hope you enjoy it and we look forward to sharing more of these moments with you throughout the season.

On November 3, 1991 Stan Smyl’s No. 12 was retired and went up into the rafters at Pacific Coliseum.  That night, the Vancouver Canucks won 7-2 over the Edmonton Oilers. Smyl is the only one of the four Canucks  number retirements that was retired at the old “Rink on Renfrew”. All the others have been at GM Place/Rogers Arena. He is also the only one out of the four retired numbers that played his whole career with the Vancouver Canucks, from 1978 to 1991.

Stan Smyl's No.12 was retired on Nov.3, 1991 at the old Pacific Coliseum.

Stan Smyl’s No.12 was retired on Nov.3, 1991 at the old Pacific Coliseum.

Smyl served as Captain from 1982 until his retirement.
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Stan now works for the Vancouver Canucks as Senior Advisor to GM & Director of Player Development.

Thanks Steamer.

Thanks Steamer! You are forever a Canuck.

Thanks Steamer! You are forever a Canuck.

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The Begrudging Recap: “Numbers Game” Canucks 3 Oilers 2

To be brutally honest, I’ve had a hard time writing blogs lately. Every single time I’ve wanted to type up a Canucks related blog, I draw a blank and leave the entry unfinished or I would delete it completely. During the month of October, I am pretty much a 4-5 days a week high school volleyball coach after work hours, so my time is also limited, which cuts into my “veg” time. “Veg” time is super important, and I try not to skimp on it if possible.  Tonight, I come back with a recap blog. This is CanucksCorner.com we don’t do recap blogs! We blog relevant but cool things about the Canucks. Anyone can do a recap,  but there is something about the Edmonton Oilers that has me wanting to talk about the game. Here it is, by the numbers.

Burrows suspended, enter Tom Sestito

Games Suspended: 3 – Was it worthy of that many? Many say no, but he would have been out for this game regardless.

Let’s take another look at that hit again shall we?

 So, with Bo Horvat in transit from Utica, in comes Tom Sestito to play in Edmonton.

TOI: 6:25 -the least played by either team. Even injured Taylor Hall played 6:30 for the Oilers

Points: 1 assist on Linden Vey’s goal. 

Hits: 6 

+/-: +1

Not an ‘impact’ player, but for the limited time he played, Sestito did enough.

Ryan Miller 10 Edmonton Oilers 0

Ten career wins versus the Edmonton Oilers and no losses. In other words, Ryan Miller is perfect versus Edmonton. So with the Oilers being considered “gimme games” for the Canucks, it would serve them wise to start the man with the perfect record over “this team is for the back-up to play” scenario. Let’s just hope when (or if) Miller finally does lose to the Oilers, he is no longer wearing a Canucks uniform.

Tweet of the night regarding Millers vs Oilers?

Parody Account of Zack Kassian tweeted this about Ryan Miller's undefeated streak against the Edmonton Oilers.

Parody Account of Zack Kassian tweeted this about Ryan Miller’s undefeated streak against the Edmonton Oilers.

 

Ryan Miller has eight wins, leads all NHL goalies so far this season.

 

Ryan Miller leading NHL in wins. Eight wins so far.

Ryan Miller leading NHL in wins. Eight wins so far.

Vrdinery

Points: 0

TOI: Hank 20:43 Danny 19:54 Vrby: 17:58

Hank, Danny and Radim Vrbata were held pointless tonight, but the bottom six forwards made up for their lack of offense. It seemed like the Oilers were really focusing on the Canucks top line and didn’t seem to pay much attention to the Dorsetts, Sbisas and Veys. I guess secondary scoring is around to pick up the slack. Despite not factoring on the score sheet, Daniel, Henrik and Vrbata are all over a point a game at this point in the season.

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I don’t know how to love you, Luca!

Sometimes, he’s so awful and gives away pucks like he was feeding ducks at the pond and then he shows can actually play hockey. He leads all Canucks defencemen with his two goals.

Oy Vey!

Is there a guy on the #Canucks roster that has more play-on-words with his surname than Linden Vey? I think not!

Here’s the goal, and below it is the reaction from Canucks fans and media alike.

The official Canucks account and local journalist, Cam Cole got in on it.

The official Canucks account and local journalist, Cam Cole got in on it.

 

This one is quite typical, and abundant on twitter.

 

This one is quite typical, and abundant on twitter.

 

This guy doesn't know who or what Linden Vey is? He's a pun producing machine, man.

This guy doesn’t know who or what Linden Vey is? He’s a pun producing machine, man.

 

My friend Nick said it all here!

My friend Nick said it all here!

 

I even got in on the action with Vey's goal on the Oilers to put the Canucks up by one.

I even got in on the action with Vey’s goal on the Oilers to put the Canucks up by one.

 

On The Short

Derek Dorsett gets his first goal as a Vancouver Canuck on the penalty kill of all times. It was a pass too short that was intercepted, a man down for the Canucks and Dorsett beats Scrivens on the short side. Have a look:

Three is the magic number.

The Canucks and Oilers have now faced off three times in this young NHL season. It’s also the number of times the Canucks have won this season over the Oilers, and how many goals were needed to once again, defeat Edmonton. However, they weren’ the only Vancouver based team in Oil city last night. Both the Canucks and Lions scored three points up against Edmonton teams, however, the Canucks won with it, the Lions lost horribly with the exact amount of scored points.

Just how good of a tweet was this from TSN 1040 radio personality, Jeff Paterson?

 

 

Three

 

 

Zero

Although he has been playing more like a hero as of late, Shawn Matthias can’t buy goal. Either he is hitting posts and crossbars or the opposing goalie makes the unbelievable save on his chances.

Even his team picture has a slight look of begging going on. "Please sirs, may I have a goal?" Hang in there Shawn, you'll get your due.

Even his team picture has a slight look of begging going on. “Please sirs, may I have a goal?” Hang in there Shawn, you’ll get your due.

 

 Well, that’s the tale of the tape between the Canucks and the Oilers, November 1, 2014 edition. Tonight, the Canucks are back home to take on the Nashville Predators. Eddie Lack gets the start for this one and my predition?

 

Looks like the Canucks netminder agrees with me!

Looks like the Canucks netminder agrees with me!

 

It’s such a good prediction, even tonight’s starting goalie had to give it a favourite on twitter.

Go Canucks go!

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After Ten: Canucks Pull Off Exciting Start To The Season

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The month of October has passed for the Vancouver Canucks who promised in the offseason that change was coming.

Willie Desjardins’ Canucks are off to a stunning 7-3-0 start to the regular season with exceptions for two of the games. The Canucks left the gates running as they dished out victories over the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames for a three win kickoff. The Celebration came to a standstill after two straight losses to the Lightning at home and the Dallas Stars who ran them out of town 6-3. The new team found the light at the end of the tunnel after a disappointing 2-1-0 road trip last week as they held the fort for three games.

They now find themselves at second place in the Pacific Division but what has led to this early success? Let’s break it down line by line and find out.

D. SEDIN (3-9-12) H. SEDIN (4-8-12) VRBATA (5-6-11)

The first line in the ten games they played have been a force to be reckoned with. The twins and Vrbata are combined for 35 points overall and prove to be one of the top lines in the league.

These veteran hockey players have been one of the most productive power play units on the ice scoring seven out of eight one man advantage goals from the ranks.

This line is always a thrill to watch what they will do next and are on pace for a great season.

HIGGINS (2-4-6) BONINO (4-4-8) BURROWS (2-4-6)

The second line looked a tad shaky at first glance when they debuted on the ice. Without any production from themselves and the bottom six they made the Sedin line look like the only strength the team had.

It turned out they only needed a couple match-ups to warm up when they suddenly cranked up the heat in the last five games scoring 14 points. The largest effort has been made by centre Nick Bonino who has proven to be the successor of Ryan Kesler who has on amounted a record of 3-4-7 in 11 games. Bonino now has eight points on the season and is on route for a 66 tally season.

Alex Burrows has shown that being demoted after a poor season will not bring him down as he has pulled a great effort. The 33 year old is back to his 2011 form especially in scrapping. Burrows has come across an amount of trouble after delivering a controversial hit to Alexei Emelin Thursday evening. The forward has now received a 3 game suspension from NHL Player Safety for his actions.

Chris Higgins has been getting Higgy with it in his first ten games. He is one of the most noticeable forwards on the ice. Higgins has not only proven that he can maintain a second role but has proven he is definitely worth the money that management pays.

MATTHIAS (0-2-2) RICHARDSON (3-3-6) KASSIAN (2-1-3)

The third line is a work in progress that has gained traction in the last couple games. Strong efforts have been provided by Brad Richardson who scored three goals in two games. Richardson has been one of the most impressive among the bottom six with his hard shot that simply gets the puck in the net.

Shawn Matthias has begun to show glimmers of hope in his offensive play after being moved from centre to wing last week. The recently acquired former Panther has charged the net on multiple occasions and has not failed to get the puck toward the net.

Zack Kassian on the other hand has been frustrating. The wild card first round pick is still streaky in his play. Not to mention all the obscene acts he has committed in “gooning it up” he really needs to smarten up. Desjardins commented on Kassian’s outrageous applause towards the refs in a game against the Oilers.

“The referees were really good in that situation,” said Desjardins. “We can’t do that. Our players know that. We talked about that.

“That’s one thing you can’t do. I thought the refs handled it real well.”

Kassian all in all is a defective version of Todd Bertuzzi.

DORSETT (0-2-2) VEY (3-2-5) HANSEN (3-0-3)

Linden Vey though a fourth line centre at the moment has been on the top power play unit alongside the
Sedins, Vrbata and Alex Edler. The young forward has shown that he can fit in with the big boys on the roster as is fully capable in being a professional offensive force.

Jannik Hansen was demoted all the way to the bottom of the line chart but he does not seem to mind it. Hansen has provided bottom six mite in scoring three goals this season.

Derek Dorsett is an intense player. He knows when to be the tough guy on the ice and scraps a lot. Dorsett can be compared to those like the late Bob Probert who played the nitty gritty style with integrity and honour. The new enforcer is a man who will light up his team mates when needed.

EDLER (1-3-4) TANEV (0-4-4)

This top pairing has been the heart and soul of the defensive core. When the other two thirds of the blue line fail to support, Tanev and Edler know how to crack the volume up on their play. They are yet to disappoint on a major comeback from the 2013-14 regular season.

Alex Edler has gone from the worst in the NHL last year in plus minus with a rating of -39 to now maintaining a +3 rating.

Chris Tanev is now in the spotlight where he must prove his place on the Canucks for management in order to lock up a multi-year deal with the team. If Tanev keeps up his to the standard they seen him perform, it will be no problem watching him here for years to come.

BIEKSA (0-1-1) HAMHUIS (0-3-3)

This veteran blue line that was expected to carry the team this year has given insight on early rust. Both Bieksa and Hamhuis have had plausible performances on the ice but are not in their peak. The two big names will have to work hard to prove that the old guys have a role too.

SBISA (1-1-2) WEBER (0-2-2)

The third pairing on the Canucks have been an utter embarrassment. Both Sbisa and Weber have been present on the ice for the majority of goals against their team.

Luca Sbisa appears lost whenever he is on the ice and is not the player fans expected in return for Ryan Kesler in last years trade. His play is outright sloppy and to make matters worse, he holds a hefty pay cheque of $2.175 million.

WHAT ABOUT THE GOALTENDING?

The goaltending has been absolutely brilliant with the stellar performances of Ryan Miller. He has been there every time his team needs him and is currently tied with Canadiens goaltender Carey Price for most wins.

Ryan Miller in the first ten games achieved his 30th career shutout and his 300th career win.

WHAT CAN BE TAKEN FROM THIS?

Last season, John Tortorella claimed that the Canucks were simply too old and too stale. In the reign of Willie Desjardins, those remarks have been proven wrong as the team has quickly retooled and are now on pace to be a playoff contender.

Desjardins’ Canucks are slowly beginning to click together in his four line ideology. There is still much work to be done for the Vancouver Canucks and that’s alright.

Change has indeed come to the city of Vancouver.

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Hockey With Harder: Canucks Have Best Season Start Since 1999

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For the first time since 1999, the Vancouver Canucks have had their best start to the season. In a 2-0 shutout victory against the Edmonton Oilers, they hold a 3-0-0 record in the standings and are now one win away from tying for their all-time franchise best start set in 1992. The Vancouver club remains alongside the New York Islanders as the only undefeated teams in the league.

It was lights out tonight for Ryan Miller as he finally gained some traction in the Vancouver crease. Miller continued his unbeaten streak against the Oilers which has now climbed to an outstanding 9 game run. In tonight’s game he received his 30th career shutout.

Though the Canucks had players appearing in and out through the game, they still held their ground against the struggling young Oilers who desperately needed to win in order to avoid their worst start in franchise history. Towards the end of the first period, Ryan Stanton left the game with a suspected lower body injury. Dan Hamhuis briefly left the game in the second period after getting a nasty stick to the face from Mark Arcobello who should have received a major penalty but got off scot-free.

Tonight’s game was loaded up with penalties for the Canucks but it did not seem to imprint a dark mark on the play as the team locked the gates on the penalty kill.

The first line once again separated the boys from the men as they provided two goals in Rexall Place. Both Sedin twins and Radim Vrbata picked up two points each on the evening and now carry a combined 17 points to kick off the 2014-15 hockey season. The top line for the Canucks has been one of their best strengths in the first three games as they have successfully kept the puck in the offensive zone and provided many of the shots on the opposing team.

The Canucks played hard from start to finish coming out with the win they needed to continue on the high road. Tomorrow night they take on Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning at home in Rogers Arena. This is where the real challenge will begin. Time will tell if Willie Desjardins and his Vancouver Canucks can become a force to be reckoned with in the Pacific Division.

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Pre-Game Thoughts: Canucks at Edmonton Oct.17/14

 

Canucks take on the Oilers in Edmonton tonight.

Canucks take on the Oilers in Edmonton tonight.

 

The Canucks finally get to play some hockey again. After a five day rest from their last game, Vancouver visits Edmonton for the second time already this regular season.  The 2-0 Canucks take on the winless Edmonton Oilers (0-3-1) in an old Northwest Division (if it still existed) battle. The last time these two teams met was the Canucks home opener on October 11th at Rogers Arena. In a game where the Canucks were a step slow to start off, they battled back from a three goal deficit to win 5-4 in a shootout. 

While the Oilers have already played four games, and won none of them, the Canucks have been sitting idling for five days since their last NHL action. The Oilers will have home ice advantage and I am sure the Oilers faithful will represent loudly. A team in disarray and no direction looking for their first win versus an undefeated but possibly game-rusty team could make for an interesting game and outcome.  With the battles these two teams have had in recent years, it has the potential to get heated and possibly ugly. It would better serve the Canucks to keep things disciplined and play their game. 

The Oilers have been the whipping boy of their opponents so far this season suffering a humiliating loss in LA and have only one point in the standings to show for their efforts. That sole point came from the Vancouver Canucks. They are desperate, they have home ice and this game worries me a little. I hate facing teams who need a win desperately and will probably do anything to get it, especially against a team they consider a rival. 

The Canucks would need to shake off their game rust by attacking quickly and frequently. They would need to stay out of the penalty box and take to the Oilers without taking penalties. The key is to score first and keep attacking. Who ever is in net for the Canucks tonight needs to be sharp and shut down the young guns of the Edmonton Oilers. 

So tonight, either two streaks will continue or two streaks will end. I prefer the former. 

 

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