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10: The magic number

10: The magic number

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...

MSM links for March 25, 2009

MSM links for March 25, 2009

Blood donation gets Canucks win (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Canucks rebound to beat Stars 5-2 (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) NHLPA not pleased with Kesler’s pay-cut talk (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Even NHLPA corners Kesler on pay-cut contract comments (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Canucks hot on Flames heels (AP via Globe and Mail) Dallas Stars continue slide with 5-2 loss (Mike Heika, Dallas Morning News)

Luongo clarifies his comments and a note to the media

Luongo clarifies his comments and a note to the media

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.”...

MSM links for March 24, 2009

MSM links for March 24, 2009

Luongo’s not packing any bags (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Unlucky Stars down but not out (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Canucks’ rigours of the road (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) ‘I think we have a great chance’ (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) This Finn will never shirk hard work (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Canucks schedule not as easy as it looks (Bob Mackin, 24 Hours Vancouver) The Dallas Stars: Rest In Pieces (Richie Whitt, Dallas Observer) Dallas Stars in trouble, but Tippett is safe (Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas Morning News)

MSM links for March 23, 2009

MSM links for March 23, 2009

Canucks hope laugh off loss against Dallas Stars (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Canucks, chalupas and Coyotes (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Don’t read too much into Luongo’s musings (Scott Rintoul, Metro News Vancouver)

Things are good so apparently it’s time to stir things up

Things are good so apparently it’s time to stir things up

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...

Lost opportunity not a big deal.  Yet.

Lost opportunity not a big deal. Yet.

“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...

MSM links for March 20, 2009

MSM links for March 20, 2009

Canucks still flying with shutout of Blues (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Unheralded players contribute toward win (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Taking it one game at a time, sort of (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Canucks sting Blues for 11th straight home win (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Luongo strikes back at critics with shutout (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) It’s not always about the money (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) Good time to get hot (Sam Craig, The Hockey News via Metro News Vancouver) Blues, Tkachuk go down (Michael Russo, Minneapolis Tribune via St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

MSM links for March 19, 2009

MSM links for March 19, 2009

Kesler is singing the same contract tune as buddy Burrows (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Mitchell’s play a real plus for Canucks (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) LaBarbera finding peace while waiting in the wings (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Rangers, Canucks could be tough in playoffs (John Mackinnon, Edmonton Journal) Canuck alumni come to Smithers (Interior News)

Home cookin’

Home cookin’

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...

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