Author: J.J. Guerrero

About Last Night: #blametorts 2

About Last Night: #blametorts

Photo credit: PNG Gary Mason wrote an amazing article in last weekend’s Globe and Mail. When Mr. Tortorella stormed an opposing team’s dressing room between periods of a game earlier this year, it alarmed everyone in the organization, including his players. If you want to chart the radical decline of the Canucks this season, you can begin at that moment. The team went into a nosedive after the incident, for which Mr. Tortorella was suspended six games. While he apologized profusely for his antics, it hasn’t changed the perception a loose cannon is in charge. Since that January 18th game...

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Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Islanders: Now or Never 0

Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Islanders: Now or Never

Photo credit: http://islanders.nhl.com How big were the Vancouver Canucks’ recent losses to the Minnesota Wild, Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes? Well, consider that with 16 games left in the regular season, the Canucks currently sit in 10th place in the Western Conference, and wouldn’t you know it, the teams directly in front of them – the teams they’re chasing for the wild card playoff spots – are the Wild, Stars and Coyotes. Strength of Schedule If the Canucks have any aspirations to make the playoffs, now is the time to string together a few wins. Including tonight’s opponents, the New...

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The Canucks and Selling Hope 3

The Canucks and Selling Hope

This week could be the most important week for the Vancouver Canucks organization in a long, long time. First, let’s set the background. The Canucks can’t win. They’ve lost 9 of their last 10 games, and have only won 6 games (6-14-4) since Christmas. They can’t score. They’ve managed to score 3 goals in a game just 4 times since the calendar turned to 2014, and their 2.33 goals per game average this season is their lowest since 1999, when their roster included illustrious players like Peter Zezel, Harry York, Bill Muckalt and Darby Hendrickson. The Sedins are having their...

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About Last Night: Another Beatdown in Beantown 0

About Last Night: Another Beatdown in Beantown

Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com Another game, another loss, and a lot more questions left unanswered. Last night’s game was probably the most uneventful Canucks vs. Bruins game in a long time. But I suppose when one team is not only mired in a deep slump, but also missing a good chunk of their regular roster due to injury, and the ones who did dress seemed unwilling to engage, the temperature cooled down considerably. Henrik Sedin is hurt. That much is obvious. He can’t take face-offs and he can’t take a hit. And after every shift, when he skates back to the...

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About Last Night: The One Where Mt. Torts Finally Erupted 0

About Last Night: The One Where Mt. Torts Finally Erupted

Photo credit: cbc.ca Some highlights and some lowlights about last night’s 3-2 shootout win against the Calgary Flames. Before we get into anything else, how good did it feel to see the Canucks snap a 3-game losing streak, in the shootout, and with Roberto Luongo back in net? For all the talk about moral victories all week, it sure was nice to see them notch an actual win. John Tortorella will have an in-person hearing with Colin Campbell tomorrow in New York. He’ll likely be suspended, deservedly so, for trying to get to Flames coach, Bob Hartley, in the Flames’...

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CHB Selects Team Canada 0

CHB Selects Team Canada

Photo credit: Sportsnet Tomorrow, Hockey Canada will unveil their roster for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. In advance of their announcement, scheduled for 8:00 AM PST, we at CHB got together and put together our own version of Team Canada. Goaltenders Roberto Luongo (Vancouver Canucks), Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens) and Mike Smith (Phoenix Coyotes) Our thought process: Because Luongo backstopped the gold medal-winning team in 2010 and Price is among the NHL’s leaders in most goaltending categories, we agreed pretty quickly on these two guys. However, there was considerable debate on who should be the third goalie....

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