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Canucks vs. Sabres Game Day Preview: Zack’s back in town

Canucks vs. Sabres Game Day Preview: Zack’s back in town

As bad as the Philadelphia Flyers are in the standings, the Buffalo Sabres are just as inept. The two are toiling away in the bottom of the Eastern Conference and if their early performances have been any indication, they’ll be there for quite some time. On the second leg of a seven-game roadie, the Canucks have a chance to pick up consecutive road wins with what should be an easy opponent in Buffalo. After coming from behind to defeat the Flyers late on Tuesday, Vancouver can build some momentum with another two points. What to watch Too often lately have...

Stop the Sedins, beat the Canucks

Stop the Sedins, beat the Canucks

Photo credit: canucks.com We’re 6 games into the 2013/2014 regular season, and already, it seems like, on offense, not much has changed for the Vancouver Canucks. That is, the Canucks are still unable to generate much on offense. And what little offense they generate is usually generated by the Sedins. Consider this: Henrik Sedin’s goal, which tied the game late in the second period against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, was only the Canucks’ 5th goal in 3 games. Consider this as well: 4 of these 5 goals were scored or assisted by Henrik or brother Daniel. In fact, of...

Canucks vs. Flyers Game Day Preview: Lacklustre Starts

Canucks vs. Flyers Game Day Preview: Lacklustre Starts

Photo credit: canucks.com On paper, the Philadelphia Flyers should be one of the league’s better teams. I mean, a team with Claude Giroux, Vinny Lecavalier and Sean Couturier down the middle, and Jakub Voracek, Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds and Scott Hartnell on the wings seems like a pretty damn, deep team. But as we enter week 3 of the 2013/2014 NHL regular season, the Flyers have scored just 8 goals in 6 games (1.33 goals per game) and sit in 15th place in the Easter Conference – their 2 points in 6 games is only 1 point better than the...

CHB’s Top 10 Things That the Canucks Should be Thankful For

CHB’s Top 10 Things That the Canucks Should be Thankful For

I was blessed to be at all three of the Canucks home games this week.  Although the team only picked up two out of a possible six points, I was fortunate to be in the arena to witness three big games:  Cory Schneider’s return with the Devils on Tuesday, our rival San Jose Sharks on Thursday, and the popular Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. Thursday in particular was a very memorable day for me as I was able to accompany friend of the blog Marie Hui as she sang the national anthems.  I hung out with her in the dressing room...

Canucks vs. Canadiens Game Day Preview: Small Things and Big Packages

Canucks vs. Canadiens Game Day Preview: Small Things and Big Packages

Photo credit: canucks.com The good news for the Vancouver Canucks is, tonight’s opponents aren’t the San Jose Sharks. The bad news is, the Canucks haven’t beaten tonight’s opponents, the Montreal Canadiens, at Rogers Arena since October 7, 2009. To complicate things for the Canucks, they’ll have to go against the storied Habs without top defensemen, Alex Edler, who was suspended for 3 games because Tomas Hertl lowered his head and skated it into Edler’s shoulder for his head shot on Tomas Hertl. Former Habs defenseman, Yannick Weber, who has been playing as a winger, is expected to move back and...

Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Suspensions, Firings and Mr. Carrie Underwood

Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Suspensions, Firings and Mr. Carrie Underwood

The season is still in diapers and I’m already confused. Here are some insights, speculation and just plain old rants about events around the league. The Canucks Eastern Doppelgänger Has anyone else noticed that for that last few years the Philadelphia Flyers have been the Vancouver Canucks’ Eastern Doppelganger? In recent years, a lot of people pick them as favorites (like Canucks) but despite their obvious talent they tend to implode (like the Canucks). They’ve signed goalies to ridiculously large contracts (like the Canucks). They’ve regretted it (like you-know-who). They always fall short in the playoffs (sadly, Canuck-esque). And just...

Guest Post: Tonight’s Canadiens-Canucks Game is Worth More Than 2 Points

Guest Post: Tonight’s Canadiens-Canucks Game is Worth More Than 2 Points

Sean Imoo is 12 years old, in grade 7, and he’s the son of CHB writer Clay Imoo.  He enjoys playing guitar and piano, playing golf, volleyball, hockey, and other sports, and whipping his Dad in NHL 14.  Sean is passionate about his favourite team – the Vancouver Canucks.  He is likely the biggest Canuck fan in his school and he is always learning more and more about the Canucks every day.  Once in a while, Sean will share his thoughts about the Canucks with the readers of CHB. As I prepared for my grade 7 year, I was extremely...

Lyte Display – Alex Edler’s Hit on Tomas Hertl

Lyte Display – Alex Edler’s Hit on Tomas Hertl

If you’ve been off social media for the past couple of hours, you’ve likely missed the news that Alex Edler has been handed a 3 game suspension for the “illegal check to the head” of Tomas Hertl in last night’s game. And I’m likely about to say something that will upset a fair number of you. I think three games for Edler is reasonable. While there is considerable debate to the legality of Edler’s hit itself – of note there was no call on the ice at the time – it’s hard to argue with Brendan “Banahammer” Shanahan’s assertion in...

CHB’s Top 10 Hertl Haiku

CHB’s Top 10 Hertl Haiku

I love me a good haiku.  Perhaps it’s my half-Japanese heritage (Imoo is a Japanese name if you’re wondering; my other half is Chinese).  Perhaps it’s because I’m lazy and a haiku – with its 17 syllables – is one of the shortest poems in existence.  Or maybe it’s because my Ultimate Canucks Haiku video on YouTube (with over 30,000 views) helped me win some nice swag in the Ultimate Canucks Search contest back in 2007 (I’ve included the video at the bottom of this post). Anyway, back to the syllables.  A proper haiku follows the form of 5-7-5.  That...

Torts’ World – October 8th, 2013

Torts’ World – October 8th, 2013

In our sixth episode of C4, Chris and Clay are joined by Matt Lee (again – he must be a regular now) and discuss the Canucks season 3 games in, Tortorella and Healy making friendly (or not), how the roster is panning out, and as always much, much more. Oh, and more haiku! Torts’ World – October 8th, 2013

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