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Canucks Review and Preview: January 9 to January 15, 2012

Canucks Review and Preview: January 9 to January 15, 2012

[Every week, Caylie King looks at the Canucks week that was and the Canucks week ahead.  You can follow Caylie on Twitter (@cayking).] The Canucks started the week with a shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks and followed it up with a dominating 3-0 win over division rivals, the Minnesota Wild. Then came the most anticipated game of the season – a rematch against the defending Stanley Cup Champions, Boston Bruins. And it didn’t disappoint. Despite being hyped up all week long, it lived up to its expectations and more. It felt like we were right back in the...

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The Game According to Twitter: Canucks 5 Ducks 2

The Game According to Twitter: Canucks 5 Ducks 2

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Canucks Review and Preview: December 26, 2011 to January 1, 2012

Canucks Review and Preview: December 26, 2011 to January 1, 2012

[Every week, Caylie King looks at the Canucks week that was and the Canucks week ahead.  You can follow Caylie on Twitter (@CayKing).] All is right in Northwest Division again. With last night’s win, the Canucks are finally atop of the NW standings. The Canucks ended their four-game homestand with an entertaining and physical battle against the Edmonton Oilers on Boxing Day; Andrew Ebbett lead the team with his first career multi-goal game, while the bromance of Burrows and Kesler combined for two goals, including the game winner. The three games prior to Christmas break included a clinic put on...

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Out of Town Notebook: Concussions, Kings and Darryl Sutter

Out of Town Notebook: Concussions, Kings and Darryl Sutter

Things that make one wonder on a Tuesday:  The Kings are in Trouble  Has Dean Lombardi lost his mind?  According to reports, the Los Angeles Kings are looking at Darryl Sutter as their next coach.  Because the Lombardi-Sutter connection won championships in San Jose, right?  Look, it’s not like the problem with the Kings isn’t well-known. They aren’t scoring enough goals (last in the league). Their point-producers, outside of Anze Kopitar, are all under-performing.  How Sutter – a notorious “defense-first, -second and –third” coach – could be seen as the right person to create scoring is a mystery.    Not...

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Out of Town Notebook: Boogaard, Fisticuffs and NHL Realignment

Out of Town Notebook: Boogaard, Fisticuffs and NHL Realignment

Some quick thoughts on two issues dominating NHL talk right now: Derek Boogaard and Fighting in the NHL For anyone who’s been living under a rock, here’s the original New York Times story about the study of Derek Boogaard’s brain. The results of the study shouldn’t surprise anyone. If you’re a fighter, and you get punched in the head a lot, it’s logical the impact of these blows will have an effect on your brain and brain function. The larger issue here is that, as scientists continue to show conclusive evidence that hockey fights endanger the health of those involved,...

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Out of Town Notebook: Is Victor Hedman the New Eric Brewer?

Out of Town Notebook: Is Victor Hedman the New Eric Brewer?

When the Tampa Bay Lightning signed Victor Hedman to a 5-year, $20 million deal earlier in the week, there weren’t too many people complaining. The online community, particularly Tampa Bay fans, applauded Steve Yzerman for keeping Hedman’s cost relatively low. According to the consensus, $4 million a year for 5 years is a great price for an improving, future franchise defenseman. There’s no question Hedman is an improving player, particularly on the defensive side of the game. But franchise cornerstone? Someone who dominates at both ends of the ice? I’m not so sure Hedman has that in him. I decided...

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Out of Town Notebook: The Real Western Conference Quarter Pole Standings

Out of Town Notebook: The Real Western Conference Quarter Pole Standings

NHL standings are a lie. Well, for the most part they’re a lie. You see, there are only two days in the schedule where all 30 teams will have played the same number of a games: the first day of the regular season and the last day of the regular season. In between these two days, 30 different NHL team schedules create standings that reward or punish teams that have played more or fewer games than their opponents. Now as usual around these parts, you’re probably wondering why this is relevant. Well, the week of U.S. Thanksgiving is usually the...

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The Game According to Twitter: Canucks 3 Ducks 4

The Game According to Twitter: Canucks 3 Ducks 4

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Out of Town Notebook: Trap Debate and Thoughts on the Fly

Out of Town Notebook: Trap Debate and Thoughts on the Fly

One of the silliest debates to be waged across the NHL some time is Philadelphia’s “outrage” and in-game protest of Tampa’s 1-3-1 system. From Mike Milbury walking off the air to a quickie TSN poll of league GMs siding with the Flyers, the Lightning are taking a lot of heat for their passive forecheck. Here’s the thing. 1) The passive forecheck is employed all over the league, and has been for decades. Roughly half of all NHL teams use a 1-3-1 forecheck in their gameplan. The 70s Canadiens, the 80s Oilers, the 90s Red Wings – they all used a version of...

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Canucks Review and Preview: November 7 to November 13, 2011

Canucks Review and Preview: November 7 to November 13, 2011

[Every Sunday, Caylie King looks at the Canucks week that was and the Canucks week ahead.  You can follow Caylie on Twitter (@CayKing).] This past week was full of ups and downs. The Canucks came out flying against the Calgary Flames to start the month off right; they won decisively 5-1. They then followed it up with two of the most frustrating and disappointing games by the Canucks so far this season. Defensive zone break downs, not being able to capitalize on chances and an overall lackluster effort resulted in back-to-back losses against the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues....

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