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Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Lightning: A Make-or-Break Month

Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Lightning: A Make-or-Break Month

(source: nhl.com) Vancouver Canucks (23-11-7) Tampa Bay Lightning (23-12-4) The Vancouver Canucks ended 2013 with an impressive 10-1-2 December record. They hope to keep rolling in 2014, but their January schedule gets considerably tougher. Tonight, they’ll meet the Tampa Bay Lightning, who currently sits in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference. Afterwards, they have the Los Angeles Kings (twice), Anaheim Ducks (twice), Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues, Phoenix Coyotes (twice) and Chicago Blackhawks, among others, on tap. The Lightning look to get back to their winning ways to start 2014. They’re coming off consecutive losses after going on a season-high...

The Game According to Twitter: Canucks 3 at Flyers 4 (SO)

The Game According to Twitter: Canucks 3 at Flyers 4 (SO)

On one end of the rink was Steve Mason, whose career the entire NHL, save the Philadelphia Flyers, had left for dead. Much was made about his past poor performances, especially against the Canucks, seemingly forgetting that he’s actually been pretty damn good during the Flyers’ 15-6-4 surge prior to last night’s game. On the other end was Tom Sestito, who was waived by those very same Flyers last season and then claimed by the Canucks, and has served as some sort of a whipping boy to Canucks fans ever since. Both Mason and Sestito had lots to prove. And...

Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Flyers: The New Year’s Eve (Kinda) Tradition Returns

Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Flyers: The New Year’s Eve (Kinda) Tradition Returns

Already with a 10-1-1 record this month, it’s shaping out to be a December to remember for the Vancouver Canucks. They have a chance to add to that as they meet the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at Rogers Arena, where the Canucks have won all 6 home games this month. This is the Flyers’ first visit to Vancouver in three years. Tonight will be the second and final regular season meeting for the Canucks and Flyers. In their first game back on October 15th at the Wells Fargo Center, the Canucks rallied back from a 2-1 third period deficit to win...

The Game According to Twitter: Canucks 2 at Flames 0

The Game According to Twitter: Canucks 2 at Flames 0

No Luongo? No problem. For the second time in his last 3 starts, Eddie Lack recorded a shutout as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Calgary Flames 2-0 in Calgary. For the season, he now has a 7-2-0 record, a 1.74 GAA (3rd in the NHL) and 0.933 save percentage (6th in the NHL). Another shutout for @eddielack!!! #lackdance #Canucks #TGATT — Elmee Garner (@giggling_elms) December 30, 2013 That sound you hear is another goaltender controversy slowly growing because, you know, that’s what we Canucks fans do.

Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Flames: The Stork Show

Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Flames: The Stork Show

The holidays were kind to the Canucks. Well, kind of. Not only did they post a 9-1-1 record going into the holiday break, they then had six days off to rest and recuperate. But also, in their last game on December 22nd, a 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets, the Canucks lost Roberto Luongo to a suspected groin injury. For now, Lu’s status remains day-to-day, and in his absence, the Canucks will lean on rookies Eddie Lack and Joacim Eriksson, and their combined 11 games of NHL experience – all Lack’s. Tonight, Lack will be returning to the Saddledome where...

Yulin’ with the Blog: ‘Twas the Night Before a Canucks Christmas

Yulin’ with the Blog: ‘Twas the Night Before a Canucks Christmas

From all of us here at Canucks Hockey Blog, we wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and the best of the holiday season as we go “Yulin’ with the Blog.”

Canucks’ Naughty and Nice Lists

Canucks’ Naughty and Nice Lists

Santa has made his list. He’s checked it twice. Here’s which Canucks are naughty and which are nice! (See what I did there? I’m such a poet!) Santa’s Nice List David Booth. I think even Santa is stunned about this turnaround. David wasn’t exactly on the naughty list (well maybe with the reindeer who fear for their life). He was mostly not on any list. I’m not even sure Santa knew where he was what with the whole conditioning Utica drama. You can call it a Christmas miracle, but David Booth has cemented himself on the Nice list with his...

2013 Canucks Christmas Carol: Last Christmas

2013 Canucks Christmas Carol: Last Christmas

It’s that time of year again: time for our 4th annual Canucks Christmas Carol! Our song this year is inspired by Wham!’s “Last Christmas”.  We lament the lockout of last Christmas and look at the most important elements of this year’s team:  Roberto Luongo, Ryan Kesler, the Sedins, and head coach John Tortorella. This year I’m joined by Marie Hui, Arielle Tuliao, Joseph San Jose, Pat Guevara, Pat Teodosio, and our favourite foreign exchange student Kevin who somehow always finds his way to my place just in time to be in these videos.  In fact, both Joseph and Kevin have...

Canucks vs. Jets Game Day Preview: I’ll Be Home For Christmas

Canucks vs. Jets Game Day Preview: I’ll Be Home For Christmas

The holiday break is coming up for the Canucks, but before the yuletide carolling can begin, they must face the Winnipeg Jets tonight for a 5 PM match-up at the Rog. They haven’t had much rest recently – tonight is their 4th game in 4th city in 6 nights – but they do get an entire week off over Christmas to recharge. (After tonight, they don’t play again until next Sunday against the Calgary Flames.) With their big come-from-behind, shootout win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night, the Canucks are now 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, and currently...

Canucks vs. Blackhawks Game Day Preview: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Canucks vs. Blackhawks Game Day Preview: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Coming off a 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars last night, it doesn’t get any easier for the Canucks tonight as they take on the NHL-leading Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago, where they haven’t won since November 2011. The Blackhawks are hot, having won 5 of their last 6 games. During this span, they’ve outscored their opponents 28-15, and their powerplay clicked at a deadly 39% (10 PPG on 26 PP opportunities). On the other hand, after winning 7 games in a row, the Canucks have cooled off and have now lost the first 2 games on this 3-game road trip....

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