Author: J.J. Guerrero

Canucks (almost) quarter-pole review

Canucks (almost) quarter-pole review

As we near the quarter point of this NHL season, we welcome Hosea Cheung and Guts McTavish from 24 Hours Vancouver, and fellow The Score Sports Federation member Andrew Bucholtz from The Sporting Madness and Canuck Puck to do live chat/Q&A reviewing the Canucks’ play to-date. Come join us at 7:00 PM. And please do feel free to chime in with any questions for Hosea, Guts or Andrew. Vancouver Canucks Quarter Pole Review

Salo close to returning; who sits?

Salo close to returning; who sits?

With Sami Salo almost ready to return to action this weekend, the Vancouver Canucks will have an interesting roster decision to make. Besides the team’s collective breakdown in the latter half of their loss to Detroit last night, they had actually started to turn things around defensively. For the most part, they had started to limit the number of quality scoring chances against them in the last week or so. After allowing 22 goals against in the first 6 games of the season, they only allowed 6 goals in the next 5 games. They had also been better on the...

Canucks vs. Leafs weekend – Let’s get it on!

Canucks vs. Leafs weekend – Let’s get it on!

To get you in the mood for this weekend’s big Canucks vs. Leafs tilt, here are some of my favorite moments in this rivalry: No. 5 on my list is the line brawl that broke out in the 1994 Stanley Cup semi-finals after Doug Gilmour sucker punched Cliff Ronning. At no. 4, Donald Brashear pounds the crap out of Wade Belak. No. 3 is Mats Sundin’s emotional return to the ACC as a member of the Canucks and scoring the shootout winner. No. 2 is Markus Naslund undressing Curtis Joseph on a penalty shot. And my favorite Canucks vs. Leafs...

Grabner gets a promotion

Grabner gets a promotion

Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com Three years after the Canucks selected him with the 14th overall draft pick, Michael Grabner will finally make his NHL debut. The Vancouver Canucks have recalled forward Michael Grabner from the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose. Grabner, Vancouver’s first-round draft choice in 2006, will make his NHL debut Friday when the Canucks play in Calgary. The 23-year-old Austrian is considered a scoring winger, a better finisher than playmaker. He has four goals and six points in five games with Manitoba this season. Over the last two AHL seasons, Grabner has 52 goals. Grabner’s early season play had...

Who’re you gonna call?

Who’re you gonna call?

I’m actually not surprised that the first call-ups this season worked out to be Tanner Glass, Guilluame Desbiens and Aaron Rome, over say, Michael Grabner. Remember that the Canucks promoted Mason Raymond to the second line to replace Sergei Shirokov, and promoted Steve Bernier to the first line to replace Daniel Sedin; and thus, they needed to replace Shirokov and Raymond on Kyle Wellwood’s third line. At the time, the Canucks were looking for defensively-responsible bottom-six players and Glass and Desbiens fit that profile better than Grabner. But the lineup in Sunday’s win against the Dallas Stars had mixed results....

Game 5 – Thankful for the two points

Game 5 – Thankful for the two points

The Vancouver Canucks may be right to give thanks after their 4-3 shootout win over the Dallas Stars last night. They withstood an own goal and some untimely, sloppy defensive play but got the two points anyway, thanks to Kyle Wellwood’s and Ryan Kesler’s beauties in the shootout. In their first game without Daniel Sedin, the Canucks played a much simpler game. They got the puck and moved it up quickly. They threw the puck on net and crashed Turco’s crease. They kept thing simple on the powerplay as well – they moved the puck around and got shots from...

A Canucks vs. Stars preview

A Canucks vs. Stars preview

I answered some questions from Richard Durrett from ESPN Dallas and in advance of tonight’s game between our Vancouver Canucks and the Dallas Stars. Q: Which players should Stars fans keep an eye on during Sunday’s game? Maybe there’s a player or two that doesn’t get a lot of press, but could have a solid season? A: Mason Raymond is off to a good start. He’s a speedy winger who, over the summer, has also gained weight and some confidence to get to the net. Another player is Steve Bernier. With Daniel out, Bear will get a chance to play...

Caption this: Canucks win, Habs fans pissed

Caption this: Canucks win, Habs fans pissed

Photo credit: Vancouver Sun The Vancouver Sun printed this hilarious picture from last night’s Canucks win against the Habs. Caption it and we’ll give away another pair of tickets for Saturday’s Open Practice; these tickets are in section 111, row 4 – that’s four rows from the ice. Post your caption in the comments; if you’d much rather tweet it, use the hashtag #CHB. I know it’s hard considering the nature of the photo, but please try to keep your caption somewhat PG-13. 😛 I’ll keep this contest open until noon tomorrow. [update: October 9, 2009, 12:58 PM] And the...

WWMGD – A Contest for Canucks Open Practice Tickets

WWMGD – A Contest for Canucks Open Practice Tickets

Photo credit: Vancouver Sun Not that we’re pressing the panic button (yet) but there are certainly some troubling things ailing the 0-3 Vancouver Canucks. What would Mike Gillis do? What would you do? I shared my thoughts on this topic this morning and now it’s time you share yours. For your troubles, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to the Canucks Open Practice this Saturday at 11:00 AM. The seats are in section 118, row 1 – that’s ice level next to the benches folks! To get your name in the draw, let us know what you think the...

Wanted: New alarm clock

Wanted: New alarm clock

Someone should tell the Canucks that the game starts before the third period. Someone should also remind Roberto Luongo that the season starts in October. After being bounced by Steve Mason and the Columbus Blue Jackets last night, the Canucks are 0-3 and a regulation loss to the Habs away from setting a franchise low. Needless to say, I’m not happy with the way the season has started. That said, I’m not ready to jump off the bandwagon just yet. There were plenty of things to like about the Canucks’ performance last night. For starters, the game was exciting despite...

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