Author: Ashley Pothiboon

Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Rangers: AV Returns 1

Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Rangers: AV Returns

With only 6 games left in the regular season, the likelihood of our Vancouver Canucks making the post-season sits at 0.3%. If you’re the most optimistic of fans, then yes, absolutely, there’s still a chance at a miracle finish here. But the reality is, the injuries, the inefficiencies on the power play, the inability to protect leads, especially in the third period, everything that has plagued them this year, have caught up, and we’re left to grind about the many questions facing this team the rest of the season, and in all likelihood, the off-season. With the New York Rangers...

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Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Sabres: Welcome Back, Cody (Part 2) 0

Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Sabres: Welcome Back, Cody (Part 2)

It’s been two years since the Vancouver Canucks traded formerly golden boy, Cody Hodgson, to the Buffalo Sabres for Zack Kassian. And ever since then, we’ve been trying to establish whether or not the trade was a good trade or bad trade. There have been a ton of articles written about the two and how, statistically, they’ve performed for their new teams. But personally, both are different players – they have different strengths and faults – and I’m not sure how you compare the two. Hodgson is a 6’0″ smart, playmaking centre; Kassian is a 6’3″ power forward in the...

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Game Day Preview Canucks at Capitals: Can the Canucks Capitalize? 0

Game Day Preview Canucks at Capitals: Can the Canucks Capitalize?

The Canucks won their last game against the Winnipeg Jets last Wednesday. Alex Burrows not only scored his first goal of the season, but he scored twice. Chris Higgins and his washboard abs scored the winning goal in the shootout. (Yes, the Canucks won in the shootout.) Wait, aren’t we supposed to be tanking? The playoff race continues tonight for the Canucks as they face a similarly-desperate Washington Capitals team. Both the Canucks (30-28-10) and the Caps (30-27-10) have 70 points, good for 10th place in the Western Conference and 11th place in the Eastern Conference, respectively. The playoff door...

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Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Jets: What’s Lower Than Rock Bottom? 0

Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Jets: What’s Lower Than Rock Bottom?

“There’s rock bottom, then 50 feet of crap, then me.” – Rachel Green, Friends It can’t possibly get worse than this, right? Just when we thought the Canucks had hit rock bottom – the Heritage Classic loss, the Heritage Classic drama that lead to the Roberto Luongo trade, losing games consistently and in spectacular fashion – they, on Monday night against the New York Islanders, put together one of the worst third period meltdowns in NHL history (with all due respect to the Leafs’ meltdown against the Bruins in Game 7 in last year’s playoffs). Up 3-zip going into the...

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Game Day Preview Canucks vs Stars: What You See Is What You Get 3

Game Day Preview Canucks vs Stars: What You See Is What You Get

The NHL trade deadline has come and gone, but you can’t say Canucks fans are clearer about the direction this team is going. Sure trade clouds are no longer looming over the dressing room, and the team you see now is the team you’ll see for the remainder of the season, but can you really see any better what bodes ahead for this group? Maybe the players can revert their attention back to playing hockey. Maybe they’ll actually string together a few wins and inch back up the standings. Maybe they can start scoring more than a goal a game....

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Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Blues: The Start of the Stretch Drive 0

Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Blues: The Start of the Stretch Drive

With Team Canada’s gold medal performance in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi still fresh in our minds, it’s time once again to try and focus on the battle for Lord Stanley’s Cup. The quick change-over from teammates to opponents to teammates again is all part of the Olympic experience. But now that their country’s flag on the front of their jersey has been replaced with the NHL logos, it’s time to reacquaint themselves for the stretch run. That means, no more giveaways, *ahem* Daniel Sedin, though Canada appreciated the assist on Sunday morning. In all, 10 St. Louis...

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Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Red Wings: Welcome Back, Torts 0

Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Red Wings: Welcome Back, Torts

After serving his 15-day suspension for going off the rails, er, “off the country” against the Calgary Flames, Canucks head coach John Tortorella is back behind the bench tonight as they face the Detroit Red Wings for the second and final time this season. It probably couldn’t have come at a better time either, with the team struggling and losing playoff ground. Not too long ago, the Canucks seemed firmly in a wild card playoff spot, even threatening to overtake the Los Angeles Kings for 3rd place in the Pacific Division, but thanks to their 4-9-2 record in January are...

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Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Blackhawks: Chicago (Not Exactly On) Fire 2

Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Blackhawks: Chicago (Not Exactly On) Fire

The Canucks and the Chicago Blackhawks usually bring the best out of each other. That’s hopefully the case tonight. The fact is, neither team is playing their best hockey right now. The Canucks’ woes are well-documented, having lost 10 of their last 14 games, including a disheartening 4-2 loss to the last place Edmonton Oilers. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks, after dropping a 5-4 decision in OT to the Calgary Flames last night, have now lost 4 games in a row. They’ve also lost 6 of their last 7 road games (1-1-5), though despite that, the Blackhawks are still a top-3 team...

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Game Day Preview Coyotes vs. Canucks: Seeking Hanzal 1

Game Day Preview Coyotes vs. Canucks: Seeking Hanzal

For the second time in just 10 days, the Canucks take on the Phoenix Coyotes. You may or may not remember their most recent meeting on January 16th. On the one hand hand, it was memorable for the sole reason that Martin Hanzal was a one-man wrecking crew for the Coyotes in the third period, taking out with Henrik Sedin, Mike Santorelli and David Booth with crosschecks. But then again, the game was boring as heck so we’ll forgive you if you stopped watching before Hanzal went all Donatello on the Canucks. None of the three injured Canucks finished the...

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