Fresh off the loss in New York, the Canucks got right on a plane, and after an hour and a half of cocktail peanuts and Tortella yell-speaking, landed in North Carolina for another 10 AM morning matinee against the Carolina Hurricanes. Halfway through their four-game road trip the Canucks have broken even so far with a win and a loss. Early games are always a concern for me and I still have images of Luongo’s groin injury in Pittsburgh in 2008 dancing in my head. With Luongo starting – and getting pulled – against the Rangers, expect to see Swede...Click here to read more.
Before this morning’s matinee matchup between the Vancouver Canucks and the New York Rangers, much of the storyline revolved around coach John Tortorella’s return to Madison Square Garden for the first time since being fired in May. And when asked whether or not he’d be visiting some old Rangers, he said, “I’m going to coach this game, hopefully kick their ass and get outta here.” Well, a Chris Kreider hat trick, a 35-save performance by rookie goaltender, Cam Talbot, and a 5-2 Rangers win later, Torts did coach and the Canucks are off to Carolina now 1-1 on this 4-game...Click here to read more.
Photo credit: canada.com The last week brought several big news items off the ice for the NHL. We found out that, according to Forbes, the value of NHL teams went up by an average of 46.6%. 3 of the top 5 valued NHL teams are based in Canada. The Toronto Maple Leafs, again, top the list valued at a whopping $1.15B. The New York Rangers come in at a relatively distant second with a value of $850M. The Montreal Canadians and Vancouver Canucks come in at 3rd and 4th with values of $775M and $700M respectively. The Canucks jumped from...Click here to read more.
Vancouver Canucks (13-9-5) New York Rangers (13-13-0) The Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers meet for the first of two meetings this season. It’s been 2 years since these two teams faced each other; the Rangers won at Rogers Arena back in October 2011 by a 4-0 score. After losing 6 of their first 8 games, the Rangers have started to turn things around. They’ve won 3 out of their last 5 games, and 9 of their last 15. Meanwhile, the Canucks have only won 2 out of their last 5 games, though they did beat the Ottawa Senators convincingly...Click here to read more.
It looked like a road trip away from Rogers Arena was just what the Vancouver Canucks needed. Against the Ottawa Senators last night, the Canucks, playing their first of 4 games on the road, won convincingly by a 5-2 score. But it wasn’t just the final score that was impressive. David Booth played perhaps his best game in two years, and had a goal and an assist. Jason Garrison scored his first goal in 25 games. Dale Weise and Mike Santorelli both scored greasy goals from in front of the net. And Roberto Luongo made 37 saves. The #nhl should've...Click here to read more.
Looking to get back on the good side of the Hockey Gods, the Vancouver Canucks take on the Ottawa Senators tonight at the Canadian Tire Centre (formerly Scotiabank Place). The first of a 4-game road trip, the Canucks are looking to correct their offense, which has been downright offensive during their current slump. The Senators won a hard-fought game against the Washington Capitals last night, rallying back from an early 2-goal deficit to win 6-4. The tired Senators have only won 4 of 12 home games this season so home-ice advantage may not be as much of an advantage, especially...Click here to read more.
Photo credit: National Post With only a few months before NHL hockey stops and Olympic hockey begins, predictions are a plenty on which players will be playing in Sochi on their respective national teams and who will be left behind to cheer. The Crosbys and Ovechkins are locked into place but others like Matt Duchene and Jamie Benn are making a push for a roster spot. The Vancouver Canucks are, traditionally, a big part of Olympic hockey with many European (cough!-Swedish) players participating. This year should be no different with a handful of Canuck players from around the world making a case for themselves with solid...Click here to read more.
After outplaying the Los Angeles Kings for much of the game and carrying a lead late into the third period, the Vancouver Canucks, thanks to a couple of miscues, dropped a 3-2 decision in overtime. It was perhaps one of the best games they’ve played in this homestand but it wasn’t enough. Instead, they ended their 6-game homestand with 5 losses, and since dominating the Toronto Maple Leafs on Pavel Bure night, have now lost 8 of their last 10 games. Well that sucks. #Canucks #TGATT — Chris Golden (@lyteforce) November 26, 2013 Yes it does.Click here to read more.
(source: nhl.com) Vancouver Canucks (12-9-4) Los Angeles Kings (15-6-3) The Los Angeles Kings are in town tonight to take on the Vancouver Canucks. This is the second of five meetings between the two teams. In their first meeting on November 9th at the Staples Centre in LA, the Kings beat the Canucks 5-1. The Canucks are mired in a bad stretch right now with only 1 win in their last 7 games (1-4-2), including 4 losses in the first 5 games of this current 6-game homestand. Meanwhile, the Kings have lost their last 2 games, but have managed their losses...Click here to read more.
Still high from the feeling of euphoria after beating the Columbus Blue Jackets – yes, it’s come to that – the Vancouver Canucks squared off against their arch-enemies, the Chicago Blackhawks, last night. And things were going well too. The Canucks stopped the first shot (!), opened the scoring (!!) on the powerplay (!!!), and took a lead into the third period against the Blackhawks. Roberto Luongo was playing well too, making some big saves when the Canucks gave up numerous Hawks odd-man rushes and keeping his team’s precarious 1-0 lead intact even when Chicago started dominating play. Or at...Click here to read more.