(source: nhl.com) Vancouver Canucks (20-10-6) Dallas Stars (16-12-5) This is the second of three games between the Vancouver Canucks and Dallas Stars, with the Stars having beat the Canucks 2-1 in their first game on November 17th. The Canucks’ perfect December and 7-game win streak came to an end on Tuesday night when the Minnesota Wild beat them 3-2 in a shootout. Still, their 7-0-1 record in December has helped them move up to 6th place in the Western Conference. They’re now just 2 points back of the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues, and 4 points back of...Click here to read more.
You love when the Canucks score them but hate when they give them up. Those fluky goals that can pop up out of nowhere and change the momentum of the game at the drop of a helmet. These goals are bizarre but admittedly entertaining. Canucks fans have been “entertained” by them early and often so far this season with a number of bizarre goals going in already before the Olympic break. Coach John Tortorella has remained adamant that these moments even out over the course of an 82-game season but if that’s the case I think the Canucks may have already used...Click here to read more.
Face-off between the two Captains, Koivu and H.Sedin (Source: nhl.com) Vancouver Canucks (20-10-5) Minnesota Wild (19-11-5) This is the first of three meetings between the Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks this season. Last season, the Canucks won the first 2 games of the season series, and then the Wild won the last 2 games with a home sweep. Currently. the Canucks lead the Wild by 2 points in the standings, but both are battling the Phoenix Coyotes for the two wild card playoff spots in the Western Conference. The Canucks are so far undefeated in December (7-0-0). Their last win,...Click here to read more.
The SFU Men’s Hockey Team hosts the Great Northwest Showcase at Bill Copeland Sports Centre on January 3rd and 4th. After playing host to the University of Oklahoma and Arizona State last year, SFU set their sights higher for 2014, inviting NCAA Division One schools Princeton and the University of North Dakota. With so much top-tier talent on the ice, we’re here to introduce you to the players you’ll want to keep your eye on. University of North Dakota UND is the cream of the crop when it comes to NCAA hockey. Since their program started in 1946 they’ve won...Click here to read more.
As far as rivalry matches go, you couldn’t ask for much more. Roberto Luongo was great. Tuukka Rask wasn’t. Ryan Kesler, Chris Higgins and Mike Santorelli were in beast mode. Milan Lucic wasn’t. The Sedins didn’t back down. Brad Marchand was being a dick. As usual. David Booth scored on a helluva snipe of a shot. Chris Tanev scored. Shorthanded, no less. But most importantly, in the Boston Bruins’ first visit to Rogers Arena since Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, the Canucks won. And won in convincing fashion. I'm just going to close my eyes & pretend...Click here to read more.
Canucks fans will never forget the 2010/2011 season. I mean, it was one of the most successful years in franchise history. And who could forget the dominance and ecstasy that season was or the heartbreak in the way it ended as tonight’s visitors, the Boston Bruins, won the Stanley Cup in Game 7 on our home ice? That Stanley Cup run brought out a gritty rivalry between the Canucks and the Bruins. It brought out a different level of hatred that’s extended even to fans and media from both cities. Because of the NHL’s unbalanced schedule at the time and...Click here to read more.
Late in the third period with the Canucks leading by 3 goals and the game well out of hand, the Edmonton Oilers finally remembered that they wanted to exact some revenge on Zack Kassian for breaking Sam Gagner’s jaw back in September. (Well, they didn’t actually. David Perron had to remind them.) Anyway, a scrum ensued with the Kassquatch in the middle of things with Perron and Oilers enforcer, Luke Gazdic. As with every other scrum, much talking and taunting were involved. But Kassian drew some heat for apparently taunting Gagner’s injury, and have pointed to video evidence as proof...Click here to read more.
With his preseason high-stick on Sam Gagner still fresh in mind, Zack Kassian entered last night’s match-up between the Vancouver Canucks and the Edmonton Oilers as public enemy number one. Threats of retribution followed immediately after that incident back in September, and for his part, Kass was ready regardless of whatever the Oilers threw his way. Except the Oilers didn’t throw much of anything the Canucks’ way last night. The Canucks were as dominant as the Oilers were soft. Roberto Luongo recorded his 3rd shutout of the season, Jason Garrison had 3 assists, and hell, Dale Weise scored a powerplay...Click here to read more.
(source: nhl.com) Vancouver Canucks (18-10-5) Edmonton Oilers (11-19-3) This is the second of five games between the Oilers and Canucks. In their last meeting on October 5th, the Canucks beat the Oilers with an impressive home opening win of 6-2. The Canucks will look to continue their perfect December (5-0-0), while the Oilers look to bounce back after a 4-2 home loss against the Boston Bruins on Thursday night. The Oilers allowed three goals in less than eight minutes, scored two in the second period but came up short two goals in a dissapointing loss. Who’s Hot In his last...Click here to read more.
Photo credit: faceoff.com As I am sure everyone is aware of by now, Roberto Luongo was named the NHL’s third star of the week on Monday. For the most part, Luongo has met or exceeded every reasonable prediction people had of him in the off-season. It is fairly well known that goalies that enter their mid-30s steadily decline in save percentage. Luongo’s .918 is just a fraction off his .919 career average That being said, during a season where save percentage is at its all-time highest, despite the league making goalie equipment smaller, Luongo has been an average at best...Click here to read more.