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Coachless and Captainless! – January 26th, 2014

Coachless and Captainless! – January 26th, 2014

While the Canucks are still off the mark, the fourteenth episode of C4 has the boys hitting the nail on the head as they chat about the wild and crazy week that was (Torts got suspended y’know), what they think needs to be done to fix the ailing power play, and eventually discuss a topic that drives those who worship fancy stats nuts – is “puck luck” real? Fortunately, Chris, Clay, and Matt are joined by guest Mike Stoneburgh (@CoachStone21), who actually knows what he’s talking about. About time, eh? And as always, we answer questions from our listeners and...

Game Day Preview Coyotes vs. Canucks: Seeking Hanzal

Game Day Preview Coyotes vs. Canucks: Seeking Hanzal

For the second time in just 10 days, the Canucks take on the Phoenix Coyotes. You may or may not remember their most recent meeting on January 16th. On the one hand hand, it was memorable for the sole reason that Martin Hanzal was a one-man wrecking crew for the Coyotes in the third period, taking out with Henrik Sedin, Mike Santorelli and David Booth with crosschecks. But then again, the game was boring as heck so we’ll forgive you if you stopped watching before Hanzal went all Donatello on the Canucks. None of the three injured Canucks finished the...

Talking Hockeyville with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

Talking Hockeyville with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

CBC is upping the ante with Kraft Hockeyville this year, by bringing in five NHL stars to help promote the annual event that helps Canadians brush up on their geography. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Scott Hartnell, Nathan MacKinnon, David Clarkson, and Daniel Briere will each be representing a region of Canada, and helping to bring Hockeyville to one lucky community. While most of the world prefers their football (both kinds) or even cricket, Canada is one of the few to pledge allegiance to the ice. Unfortunately, hockey is also expensive. Besides the equipment and the litany of ever breaking sticks and outgrown...

The Game According to Twitter: Canucks 1 vs. Predators 2

The Game According to Twitter: Canucks 1 vs. Predators 2

8 goals in 7 games. After losing 2-1 at home to the Nashville Predators last night, the Canucks have now scored just 8 goals in 7 games, and have lost 9 of their last 12 games. Our offense is desperately sputtering away like an old jalopy on its last ounce of gas. *poot, poot, poooofftt* #Canucks #TGATT — Roxy (@RmystiQue78) January 23, 2014 Poooofftt is right.

Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Predators – Offensive Blue Lines

Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Predators – Offensive Blue Lines

(source: nhl.com) Vancouver Canucks (26-16-9) Nashville Predators (22-22-7) Only 5 NHL teams have scored less goals than the Nashville Predators so far this season. So of course they shored up their defense; yesterday, the Preds traded defenseman Kevin Kline to the New York Rangers for defenseman Michael del Zotto. del Zotto is regarded as an offensive defenseman. He posted 9 goals and 37 points in his rookie season and set career-highs of 10 goals and 41 points a couple of years later. However, his production has slipped since and he has just 2 goals and 11 points in 42 games...

The Game According to Twitter: Canucks 2 at Oilers 1

The Game According to Twitter: Canucks 2 at Oilers 1

Sans Torts and sans Hank, the Canucks went into Edmonton last night and took on the Edmonton Oilers. Despite not having their coach or their captain, the Canucks did okay. For starters, Kellan Lain played more than 2 seconds, and in fact, on his second shift if the game, scored his first career NHL goal. Roberto Luongo stopped 28 of 29 shots, and Zack Kassian scored the game-winner (and drove the Oilers players nuts all game). On the other hand, the Oilers offered little resistance, which, I suppose after a week like last week is a welcome change. Garrett:”the oilers...

CHB Countdown: Top 5 Canucks Brawls

CHB Countdown: Top 5 Canucks Brawls

Photo credit: canada.com Love em’ or hate em’ no one can deny the pure entertainment value of a good old-fashioned dust-up. Young and old, alike, left their seats on Saturday to take in a few minutes of rock em’- sock em’ hockey as the Canucks and Flames unexpectedly erupted into a brawl seconds after the opening faceoff. Was it neccesary? Probably not. Did it make the league and the teams look bad? Probably. But we all know this league isn’t a morality convention – it’s a business. And until something can usurp the popularity of fighting, we’re sure to see...

Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Oilers: #tortsfree

Game Day Preview Canucks vs. Oilers: #tortsfree

(source: nhl.com) Vancouver Canucks (25-16-9) Edmonton Oilers (15-30-6) This is the third of five games between the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers, the Canucks won the first two games (4-0 and 6-2). Roberto Luongo has stopped 40 of Edmonton’s 42 shots. After snapping a 3-game losing streak on Saturday night with a rambunctious 3-2 shootout win over the Calgary Flames, the Canucks look to stay on the winning track tonight against the Edmonton Oilers. They’ll try to do this without coach John Tortorella, who was suspended by the NHL for 15 days after trying to get to Flames coach, Bob...

CHB’s Top 20 Things That John Tortorella Should Accomplish in the Next 15 Days

CHB’s Top 20 Things That John Tortorella Should Accomplish in the Next 15 Days

On Monday, we found out the fate of Vancouver Canucks Head Coach John Tortorella for his attempt to enter the Calgary Flames dressing room last Saturday night.  The NHL suspended Tortorella for 15 days without pay. While some Canucks fans commended Tortorella’s actions as loyal, passionate, and justified, the NHL didn’t agree, calling Tortorella’s actions “dangerous and an embarrassment to the League.” Assistant coach Mike Sullivan will take over the reins for the next 15 days.  In the meantime, Tortorella is not permitted to have any interaction with the team prior to, during or after games.. I asked the Twitterverse...

About Last Night: The One Where Mt. Torts Finally Erupted

About Last Night: The One Where Mt. Torts Finally Erupted

Photo credit: cbc.ca Some highlights and some lowlights about last night’s 3-2 shootout win against the Calgary Flames. Before we get into anything else, how good did it feel to see the Canucks snap a 3-game losing streak, in the shootout, and with Roberto Luongo back in net? For all the talk about moral victories all week, it sure was nice to see them notch an actual win. John Tortorella will have an in-person hearing with Colin Campbell tomorrow in New York. He’ll likely be suspended, deservedly so, for trying to get to Flames coach, Bob Hartley, in the Flames’...

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