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Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Blues: High Notes

Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Blues: High Notes

It goes without saying that the Canucks are having a lacklustre start to 2014. They’ve lost 5 games in a row, blowing leads in all of them, and prompting coach John Tortorella to question his team’s mental toughness. They’ll need to get tough real fast as they take on the streaking St.Louis Blues at home at Rogers Arena before heading on the road for another 3-game jaunt through the Pacific Division. The Blues are 9-0-1 in their last 10 games, a span in which they’ve outscored their opponents 41-17. Tonight will be the second meeting between the two teams. Their...

Predicting the Canucks’ Second Half

Predicting the Canucks’ Second Half

With the Canucks just past the halfway point of the season it seems as good a time as any to try and predict where the team may finish at the end of the season in April. Despite a number of gut-wrenching losses in the last few weeks you should still feel pretty good about the Canucks chances to make the playoffs and I’ll breakdown where I think the team will realistically finish in the standings and whether they have much of a chance to pass teams in their division. Introduction The chart below shows team’s Fenwick percentages for all 5-on-5...

The Game According to Twitter: Canucks 4 vs. Penguins 5 (SO)

The Game According to Twitter: Canucks 4 vs. Penguins 5 (SO)

Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s admirable that the Canucks fought back from a 2-goal deficit against the high-powered Pittsburgh Penguins. It’s likewise impressive that they scored 4 consecutive goals, the last 2 within a 17-second span in the third period to take a 2-goal lead of their own. What sucks is that they blew a lead late – again. They allowed the Pens to tie the game late – 2 goals in 16 seconds with a minute left in the third period to be precise – and proceeded to lose 5-4 in the shootout. The Canucks have now...

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CHB Countdown: Top 5 Players Canucks Fans Love to Hate

There’s just something about the Vancouver Canucks. Everyone seems to want a piece of them. Sure they are a consistently solid team with (somewhat) mouthy players like Ryan Kesler, Kevin Bieksa and Alex Burrows, but does that merit, what seems to be, a league-wide hatred? If you ask the players they’d tell you they like being hated – it means they are doing their job. But there are certain players which go above beyond the casual disdain. Players that seem to thrive on making the Canucks miserable whenever they get a chance. These players are sprinkled throughout the league and may only...

Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Penguins: Can the Canucks slow down Sid?

Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Penguins: Can the Canucks slow down Sid?

(source: nhl.com) Vancouver Canucks (23-13-8) Pittsburgh Penguins (31-12-1) By giving up the game-winning goal with 0.6 1.3 seconds left in OT to the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday, the Vancouver Canucks extended their winless streak to 4 games. And it doesn’t get any easier tonight as they face the Pittsburgh Penguins, who lead the NHL’s Metropolitan Division by 17 – yes, 17 – points and have won 15 of their last 18 games. Oh yeah, and the Penguins just got Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang back from injury. Tonight’s game marks the first of the Canucks short, two-game home stand before...

#HockeyTalks: Will You Listen?

#HockeyTalks: Will You Listen?

(Source: nhlpa.com) The Vancouver Canucks will host their second annual Hockey Talks day tomorrow on January 7th, 2014. Canucks Hockey Talks day is a collective effort with each of the Canadian NHL clubs. The Vancouver Canucks along with the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets will each dedicate one of their home game nights in January to raising awareness and addressing the stigma associated with mental illness. The ultimate goal of Hockey Talks is to encourage a nation-wide conversation about mental health, try to stop the stigma wrongly associated with mental illness,...

CHB Selects Team Canada

CHB Selects Team Canada

Photo credit: Sportsnet Tomorrow, Hockey Canada will unveil their roster for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. In advance of their announcement, scheduled for 8:00 AM PST, we at CHB got together and put together our own version of Team Canada. Goaltenders Roberto Luongo (Vancouver Canucks), Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens) and Mike Smith (Phoenix Coyotes) Our thought process: Because Luongo backstopped the gold medal-winning team in 2010 and Price is among the NHL’s leaders in most goaltending categories, we agreed pretty quickly on these two guys. However, there was considerable debate on who should be the third goalie....

The Game According to Twitter: Canucks 3 at Ducks 4 (OT)

The Game According to Twitter: Canucks 3 at Ducks 4 (OT)

Things were looking up for the Vancouver Canucks in SoCal. They scored 2 early goals, and on the powerplay, no less. They were up 3-2 late in the third period. Eddie Lack was solid too, thwarting the Anaheim Ducks as the Ducks dominated the Canucks in the last 45 minutes of the game. But then Kevin Bieksa took over. He did give the Canucks that 3-2 lead just a minute into the third period, but he was also on the ice for all 3 Ducks goals, and was directly at fault for the first one and maybe even the late,...

CHB’s New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

CHB’s New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

The start of a new year is often time for reflection and resolution.  We make promises and renew commitments to our health, our finances, our hobbies, and our time and attention to loved ones. The writers at CHB have come up with some resolutions of their own, and they are all of the Canucks-variety.  Some have to do with players, others with fans, and still others have to do with personal attitudes.  You’ll even see that some have similar themes.  Regardless, we agreed that it was certainly time for a change – not necessarily for the team – but for...

Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Ducks: Home Cooking

Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Ducks: Home Cooking

(source: nhl.com) Vancouver Canucks (23-13-7) Anaheim Ducks (30-8-5) The Vancouver Canucks are hoping for a better outcome tonight as they return to the Honda Centre for the second time this season. In their first visit back on November 10th, they lost 3-1. Unfortunately, that won’t be easy. The Ducks are the NHL’s best home team and haven’t lost in regulation in 18 games on home ice this season. They’re 16-0-2, including 6 consecutive wins in which they’ve outscored the opposition 24-12. Overall, they’ve won 11 of their last 12 games, and with 65 points, they lead the Pacific Division by...

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