(Photo credit: cbc.ca) Talk about different circumstances. While the Vancouver Canucks are fighting to keep their diminishing playoff dreams alive, the Anaheim Ducks are fighting for first place in the Pacific Division. With a win tonight, the Ducks can match a franchise record for victories. With a win tonight, the Canucks’ chances of making the playoffs will still be at around 3%. Ass-Kicking in Anaheim Without a doubt, the Ducks will not be an easy team to beat. Heck, the Canucks have yet to beat them this season. Remember that brutal 9-1 loss in Anaheim in January? Remember the Ducks’...Click here to read more.
And we were so optimistic after last night’s game, eh? But now, after the Canucks’ 3-2 OT loss to the Colorado Avalanche, and the Phoenix Coyotes’ win over the New Jersey Devils, those slim playoff hopes we’re all clinging to are getting even slimmer. The Coyotes need 9 points in their last 8 games, the Minnesota Wild need 8 points in their last 8 games, and the Canucks’ season will come to a merciful end. So long playoffs! Damnitalltohell. #Canucks #TGATT — Victoria Denault (@concretefluff) March 28, 2014Click here to read more.
Crazy Coach-Off Forget who will score first or who will get the first penalty – the big moment here is which coach will spaz out first? Both Avs coach Patrick Roy and our John Tortorella are fiery and animated, to say the least. Both could go off like firecrackers if this game gets chippy or a team gets one too many bad calls. So keep your eyes on the bench, people. This could be fun! In Booth We Trust I have no idea how it came to this, but apparently David Booth is the Canucks’ best player right now....Click here to read more.
If you want to get your blood boiling early on a Thursday morning, watch the Minnesota feed of Nino Niederreiter’s elbow to the head of Alex Burrows. “Ridiculous call”, they say. “Good, open ice hit”, they say. In terms of homer announcers, this one tops the charts. For all the heightened sensitivity to head shots and concussions and all that, the NHL, of course, agrees with them, and Niederreiter is scot-free and has been cleared to play in the Wild’s game tonight in St. Louis. In other words, the NHL has deemed his 2-minute trip to the box as sufficient...Click here to read more.
(Photo Credit: nhl.com) Despite their modest two-game win streak, the Vancouver Canucks have gained no ground in the standings because, well, the teams in front of them are keeping pace. (I mean, how hard is it to win 2 games in a row?? Oh yeah, the Canucks have won back-to-back games only for the first time in two months.) To make the playoffs, the Canucks must still move past the Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes, of course, but with only 9 games left in the regular season and still 6 points back of the 8th place Coyotes, they have no...Click here to read more.
Step 1: Draft hulking forward with average skating ability but flashes of offensive upside. Step 2: Thrust player into spotlight using unfair comparisons and unrealistic expectations. Step 3: Criticize said player’s slow development despite young age and minimal professional experience. Step 4: After a few years of disappointment, give player chance on second line or better because of a cavalcade of injuries. Step 5: Take credit for supposed 3-year plan when player succeeds. And so goes the tale of the power forward – a much sought after, but rare commodity in the modern era of the NHL. These types of players often take...Click here to read more.
How fitting was it that on the night Cody Godson Hodgson would return to Vancouver, on Henrik Sedin night, that Zack Kassian would notch a career-best 4 assists – a primary assist on each of the Canucks’ 4 goals on the night? Zack PASSian indeed! #TGATT — gladys (@gloomybb) March 24, 2014Click here to read more.
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...Click here to read more.
Nothing to Lose Nashville is pretty solidly out of the playoffs. I find this to possibly be their biggest advantage in tonight. Teams with nothing to lose tend to play much better than teams with something to lose. Also I think this game will be scrappy because the Preds are probably bitter and angry that they’ll be missing the playoffs for the second consecutive year (and only the second time since 2003) and the Canucks will be panicky and feisty because they’re desperate. I predict a Sestito fight or two. But Canucks will need to keep their heads (I’m looking...Click here to read more.
UPDATE: CHB writers are proud to commit at least $313 to the Canucks for Kids Telethon, comprised of: $20 from Clay for 2 Canuck goals. $20 from Sean (Clay’s son) for $5 for every Nicklas Jensen point…generously topped up by Arielle Tuliao by another $15. $98 from Chris for $44 for Canucks shots (22 x 2). Doubled because of the shutout and another $10 because Chris Tanev is Chris Tanev. $30 from Lizz for 30 Eddie Lack saves. $25 from Ashley despite Alex Burrows not scoring. $20 from Delia for 2 Henrik Sedin points. $50 from Victoria for the...Click here to read more.