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Fumbling Around, Looking for the Switch 1

Fumbling Around, Looking for the Switch

As fans, we’re almost always optimistic about how good our team is. When they have bad games, we just know they’ll bounce back with good games. After good games, we don’t expect any team to beat them. This unfailing loyalty was in full display going into game 1 of the Canucks’ first round match-up against the San Jose Sharks. Despite an uneven season – they played some good games in spurts and bad in others – the prevailing thought among the Canucks faithful was that the team would switch the proverbial switch in a favorable match-up against the Sharks. Somehow,...

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Line Combos, Home Ice Disadvantage, and Pivotal Games 0

Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Line Combos, Home Ice Disadvantage, and Pivotal Games

After an abbreviated season, the Vancouver Canucks opened up the postseason with a 3-1 loss to the visiting San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night. Looking back at the game and looking ahead to the next one, there are a few Things That Make Me Go Hmmm: Searching for the Right Line Combinations The Canucks forwards simply did not create enough shots or scoring opportunities. This continues a trend of low-scoring games as the Canucks have not scored more than 3 goals in a game since their 4-2 win over Nashville on April 15. I must admit that I was a...

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The Game According to Twitter: Canucks 1 vs. Sharks 3 0

The Game According to Twitter: Canucks 1 vs. Sharks 3

Ahhh… the playoffs. White towels galore, Roberto Luongo in net, and U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name” blaring as the Canucks skate on the ice. Let the towels reign supreme!!! U2 is back on the entrance baby LUUUUUUUU! #TGATT ITS PLAYOFFS BABY WOOOO! #Canucks — Glen Thayer (@glenthayer) May 2, 2013 Lu was great too. It’s just too bad the rest of the team weren’t.

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The Canucks are favored, but should they be? 0

The Canucks are favored, but should they be?

It took until the second last day of the regular season to find out that the Canucks would face the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the NHL playoffs. Coming down the stretch, there were a few possible opponents (a rematch against the LA Kings and a battle against the bruising St. Louis Blues among them), but at the end of the day, they drew the Sharks and it sounds like the matchup that everyone wanted. Game 1 goes tonight in Vancouver, and many expert analysts have favoured the Canucks to win the first round against the Sharks,...

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Canucks vs. Sharks First-Round Playoff Series Preview: A Tale of Two (Similar) Cities 0

Canucks vs. Sharks First-Round Playoff Series Preview: A Tale of Two (Similar) Cities

On paper, the Vancouver Canucks probably couldn’t have drawn a better match-up in these first round of the NHL playoffs than the San Jose Sharks. Or maybe put it another way, at least they don’t have to play a 7-game series against a bigger, more physical St. Louis Blues team. The Canucks and the Sharks resemble each other in many ways. Both teams have veteran-laden rosters that have experienced a lot of regular season success. But also, save for an extended run or two, both teams have a history of crashing and burning in the postseason. Since the 2004 lockout,...

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CHB Contest: Win Canucks vs. Sharks Game 1 Playoff Tickets!

CHB Contest: Win Canucks vs. Sharks Game 1 Playoff Tickets!

Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com Is there a more exciting time of year here in beautiful BC than during the Canucks playoffs? The Canucks are trying to capture your excitement with a microsite – thisiswhatwelivefor.com – where fans can submit photos, videos and other media using Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and use the hashtag #TIWWLF, and then view them in the mosaic on the site. On the ice, the Canucks will try once again to chase Lord Stanley’s Cup. For those whose disappointing early exit against the Kings are still fresh on their minds, it’s a fresh start and another opportunity to give...

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Can the Canucks hit their midseason form this postseason? 0

Can the Canucks hit their midseason form this postseason?

Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com After 48 games last season, the Florida Panthers were out of the playoff picture; they ended up winning the Southeast Division. At the Christmas break, the Minnesota Wild were leading the Northwest Division. And on January 1st, after 40 games, the Wild were only 2 points back of the Canucks; they finished the season in 12th place in the Western Conference and 30 points behind the Canucks. My point is, so many things can happen over the course of 82 games. And then you have to factor in another 20+ games in the postseason. As such, teams...

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