Chris Golden

Oct 052013
Weise and Brown Reacquainting Themselves - courtesy of

Weise and Brown Reacquainting Themselves – courtesy of

Getting themselves off to a fantastic start in the first 10 minutes of the game two nights ago, Canucks nation held out hope that the team was quickly gelling under John Tortorella. But Vancouver dug themselves a hole, forced to kill off a two-minute 5-on-3 before a handful of turnovers led to two quick Sharks goals.

Tonight, Vancouver looks for their first win of the year and have the chance to get it in front of their fans as they host their home opener against the Edmonton Oilers.

Canucks Record

0-1-0, 0 points (6th in the Pacific Division, 12th in the Western Conference). After only ONE game (you can breathe again).

Season Series

It’s the first matchup between the two teams of the regular season, but this also marks the first time the two meet since Zack Kassian’s errant stick broke Sam Gagner’s jaw (and Dale Weise’s dangerous hit on Taylor Hall). Kassian is still suspended, but Weise will be in the Vancouver lineup, creating the potential for some fireworks if the game gets out of hand for either team.

Who’s Hot

Alex Ovechkin, he of 3 goals for 5 points in 2 games. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on the cut of your jib) he’s not playing for the Canucks or Oilers.

Who’s Not

The Canucks offence. Beyond a strong effort against a light Phoenix squad in the preseason, the hometown team could very well be part of Team PowerSmart considering the lack of goal lights they’ve been turning on.

Who’s In, Who’s Out

Alex Burrows won’t be in the lineup for the next few weeks, as Tortorella announced at this morning’s pre-game skate that Burrows broke a bone in his foot blocking a shot. In  his place, Torts said the Canucks aren’t calling up an additional forward and will instead dress an extra defenceman… So, uh, the Sedins are currently playing with a mystery linemate for now.

Tonight’s Lineups


Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – ???

Chris Higgins – Ryan Kesler – Jannik Hansen

David Booth – Mike Santorelli – Brad Richardson

Tom Sestito – Zac Dalpe – Dale Weise

Dan Hamhuis – Kevin Bieksa

Alex Edler – Jason Garrison

Ryan Stanton – Chris Tanev

Roberto Luongo

Eddie Lack


Ryan Smyth – Taylor Hall – Ales Hemsky

Jesse Joensuu – Boyd Gordon – Jordan Eberle

David Perron – Mark Arcobello – Nail Yakupov

Luke Gazdic – Will Acton – Mike Brown

Andrew Ference – Justin Schultz

Ladislav Smid – Jeff Petry

Nick Schultz – Anton Belov

Devan Dubnyk

Jason Labarbera

Oct 012013

Over the years, we at Canucks Hockey Blog have received countless email, tweets, random conversations at games and other such forms of communication from people interested in joining the crazy cast of characters we call CHB. And while the timing hasn’t always been right, we always knew that we’d eventually look to grow.

Joyous news folks! That time is now!

So You Want to be a CHBer?

So You Want to be a CHBer? *includes fine print

Do you have what it takes?
But wait, there’s more!

Sep 282013

C4 on CHB

C4 on CHB – a canucks hockey blog podcast

In the fifth episode of C4, Chris and Clay are joined by Matt Lee (again) and discuss the Canucks preseason so far, who might make the final roster for the start of the season, the Kassian suspension – including the reaction of Canucks and Oilers fans – and much, much more. And yes, we’ve got more haiku!

Bandaid Booth – September 22, 2013

Sep 042013

C4 on CHB

C4 on CHB – a canucks hockey blog podcast

In the fourth episode of C4, Chris and Clay are joined by Matt Lee and talk about Roberto Luongo (as always), the Canadian Olympic Team, the upcoming prospects camp and share their thoughts on how the Canucks are shaping up for the season. And there are even more haiku!

Douglas Lee is a Beast – September 2, 2013

Jul 302013

C4 on CHB

C4 on CHB – a canucks hockey blog podcast

In the third episode of C4, Chris and Clay share their thoughts on the Canucks season ticket holder summer summit, discuss the announcement that Pavel Bure’s jersey is going to be retired, more Roberto Luongo, and another wicked haiku.

Call A Plumber, These Pipes Are About To Burst – July 27, 2013

Jul 162013

C4 on CHB

C4 on CHB – a canucks hockey blog podcast

In the second episode of C4, Chris and Clay talk about the Canucks prospects camp, the 2014 Heritage Classic game against the Ottawa Senators, Ilya Kovalchuk passing up millions and millions of dollars, and Clay provides us a wicked haiku.

Suns Out, Guns Out – July 13, 2013

Jul 022013

C4 on CHB

C4 on CHB – a canucks hockey blog podcast

While we at CHB have had a video podcast (CHB TV for those who didn’t know) for some time now, we’ve received a piece of recurring feedback – we’re awesome and sure know a lot about the Canucks. Well, there’s that and something about a few of us having fantastic voices for radio. So thinking this through a bit, we decided it was about time to put together our own Canucks podcast.

So here it is – Chris and Clay’s Canucks Commentary from Canucks Hockey Blog. Too long of a title you say? Then no problem. We’ll call it C4 from CHB!

In our very first episode, we chat about the NHL Entry Draft and how “quiet” it was for the Canucks and their goaltender(s), the hiring of John Tortorella, and a little piece that Clay put together with Marie Hui in “Under John Tortorella.”

C4 from CHB – June 30th Episode

Jun 072013

In the 8th episode of CHB TV, Clay, J.J., Ed, and I drown our sorrows while breaking down the Canucks early exit. We also chat about our thoughts on the coaching situation… well… the fact there isn’t a coach let alone the situation.

I may have also been pretty darn depressed.

Notice – sorry for the Game of Thrones spoilers at the very end!

May 052013

The Canucks played better in game 2 than they did in game 1, though – and let’s be honest here – that’s not really saying much.

Roberto Luongo played great. And so did Ryan Kesler, who unleashed his beast mode in the third period and damn well near stole the Canucks a win.

Yup, that sounds about right.

Read more #TGATT goodness past the jump.

Apr 262013

In our last episode of CHB TV (which went live yesterday), we found ourselves at an impasse when we asked the question “Who does Zack Kassian look like?” And while our debate was lively, we thought we would leave it up to you our readers to settle the score. So what say you friends of CHB?

Who Does Zack Kassian Look Like

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