Believe it or not, I hate doing the magic number post. That said, I do it every year because I’m a numbers guy and I like seeing the magic numbers with each team shrink with each Canucks win or with the other teams’ losses. After last night’s win against the Dallas Stars, the Canucks’ magic number is down to 10. That means any combination of 10 points gained by the Canucks or not gained by Anaheim and Nashville clinches them a playoff spot. The magic number is 9 against St. Louis, 8 against Minnesota and 6 against Dallas. Something else...Click here to read more.
The media did yesterday what they should have done on the weekend after Luongo’s comments on Hockey Night In Canada. They probed him about it, instead of simply taking his comments at face value and then sensationalizing them. Iain MacIntyre (Vancouver Sun) and Ben Kuzma (Vancouver Province) both have pieces in their respective papers this morning. Nothing changed Saturday when, during a Hockey Night in Canada interview, Luongo said: “First and foremost, I want to win the Cup. And whichever team is going to give me the best chance to do that is the team I want to be with.”...Click here to read more.
Intentionally or not, Roberto Luongo is setting off a firestorm with his comments on last night’s CBC Hockey Night In Canada After Hours. And fanning the flames is Jason Botchford (Vancouver Province): Alex Burrows and Ryan Kesler have made it clear recently, with both words and actions, they plan to be a big part of building what they believe to be a bright Vancouver Canucks future. But if Roberto Luongo’s comments Saturday on Hockey Night in Canada’s After Hours are any indication, the team’s star goalie is not on board, yet. Sometimes Luongo’s honesty with the media gets him into...Click here to read more.
“Over 82 games, sometimes these things are going to happen, but this was a missed opportunity for us,” said Canucks coach Alain VIgneault. “It was there and everybody knew about it, but our game wasn’t good enough. They got a bounce or two but were the better team.” – Alain Vigneault after last night’s loss Given the Canucks have lost every 5 games or so, I suppose it wasn’t a surprise that they lost to the Phoenix Coyotes last night. They were, after all, coming off 4 consecutive wins and they can’t be expected to win every game. Given that...Click here to read more.
Something happened to the Canucks after that January 31st home loss to Minnesota. That home loss was their 9th straight at home, a franchise low; since then, they’ve gained 31 of a possible 38 points (15-3-1) and won 10 straight games at home, a new franchise high. It was then that Alain Vigneault decided to split up Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows, and while they’ve easily been the team’s best players since that move, the rest of the team have also played much, much better. The results are certainly quite impressive. Just look at this before and after picture of...Click here to read more.
It’s been a good past few days for some Vancouver Canucks prospects. 2008 1st round wonderboy Cody Hodgson won a bunch of awards (batallionhockey.com with HT to ‘Nucks Misconduct): Cody Hodgson was a multiple winner as the Brampton Battalion presented its yearly awards Sunday. Centre Hodgson received the Ontario Hockey League team’s player of the year and most sportsmanlike player honours and also collected the Don (Hockey) Hadley Memorial Award, named for a longtime season ticketholder and presented by the Booster Brigade as the fans’ favourite player. Defenseman Yann Sauve won one (Nathan White, Telegraph-Journal): The Children’s Wish Foundation Fan...Click here to read more.
Based on the reaction this morning, you would have thought the Vancouver Canucks had lost to the Colorado Avalanche last night. You would have even thought the Canucks were playing like the Canucks of January and losing most of their games. You never would have thought that the Canucks have, in fact, won 14 of their last 17 games (14-3-1). And you never would have thought that Roberto Luongo was in net for all 14 of those wins. Apparently, with almost everything going right for the Canucks and regular whipping boys Kyle Wellwood and Taylor Pyatt breaking out of their...Click here to read more.
My mother-in-law is coming in from Abbotsford and my sister-in-law is coming in from Vernon today to watch the Canucks game with me and Tracy. Both are big Canucks fans, but for whatever reason, Tracy and I have never seen a live Canucks game with either one of them. Needless to say, we’re very much looking forward to tonight. ***** The Kings are as streaky a team as you’d find these days. They’ve won 3 in a row at home after losing 4 in a row on the road; but just before that, they lost 4 straight home games and...Click here to read more.
Before the Canucks/Kings game on Monday, I went on Jacked In With Jessica (Kelowna AM 1150) and noted the Kings’ very good powerplay and the Canucks’ very lousy penalty-kill. That night, of course, the Canucks allowed 2 powerplay goals against en route to a 3-2 loss. The loss itself didn’t bother me; after all, they had to lose at some point. Their special teams play, however, may be cause for concern. Lately, the Canucks have had a bad habit of letting in a PPGA or two or three. Since January 1st, they’ve allowed a PPGA in 20 of their 26...Click here to read more.