Infuriating fan sign: ‘Lacks got our back’

The most infuriating thing about the Canucks’ 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on New Year’s Day? No, it wasn’t their sloppy hockey. It wasn’t the two goals they surrendered in just 20 seconds, allowing Tampa to turn a one-goal deficit into a one-goal lead. It wasn’t even the goal the Canucks allowed with just three seconds to go in the second period, which effectively took the chunk out of their peanut butter heading into the third.

It was the fan sign you see above. LACKS GOT OUR BACK, it reads. Get. It. Out of here.

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Ryan Kesler moves to the point on Canucks first power play unit

On Thursday, I wrote about the Canucks’ odd penchant for using Dan Hamhuis on the first power play unit. Considering Hamhuis has never been known for his power play prowess and the power play has just one goal in 7 games, from Brad Richardson, it seemed high time for a change.

While Hamhuis is one of the best Canucks at getting his shot on net through traffic, he doesn’t have the power on his shot to make it a dangerous weapon on the power play and he’s not right-handed, preventing him from capitalizing on one-timer opportunities at the left point. I noted at the end of the article that Yannick Weber has been able to get his shot to the net at the same rate as Hamhuis, albeit in a smaller sample size, is right-handed, and is a noted power play specialist, making him a good candidate to take Hamhuis’s spot on the top unit in the future.

There was another option, however, that I originally included in the article but cut as the post was getting too long. This option would also add a powerful right-handed shot to the point from a player who is one of the best power play point producers on the team. The only difference is that player is a forward: Ryan Kesler.

At practice on Friday, the Canucks took the second option, moving Kesler to the left point and adding Chris Higgins to the first power play unit as a net front presence.

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New Van Fan, season 2: The Plan

New Van Fan is a web-series that follows the adventures of long-time Canucks fan Dan as he attempts to bring novice Canucks fan Andreas up to speed. The whole thing may or may not be an excuse to point out the inherent silliness of this fanbase — we’re not quite sure. Have an idea for [...]

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