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...Click here to read more.
The clock’s ticking down to game one on the 2010 battle between the Blackhawks and Canucks and while Canucks nation seems a little collectively quiet, this year it’s more anxiety than nervousness present in the air. Everyone knows things are different, it’s just a matter of proving it on the ice. If the result is the same as last year, one could argue that while the Canucks had a record year, they’ve made no progress. With that in mind there are five keys to the Canucks coming out of this series on top. Luongo vs. Kane The big story within...Click here to read more.
[EDIT: Mike Gillis told Team 1040 radio this afternoon that Game 1 against the Chicago Blackhawks will take place Saturday, with Game 2 scheduled for Monday. Game one’s HNIC on Saturday is scheduled for a 5PM PST start as per CBC.] I realize we may have posted the Canucks vs. Blackhawks second round schedule posted a bit prematurely. As it turns out, the league is still in talks to finalize the schedule: The unexpected survival of the Montreal Canadiens, who have forced the Washington Capitals to a Game 7 on Wednesday, has the CBC and the National Hockey League waffling...Click here to read more.
It’s not always easy being a Canucks fan. Sometimes it take a little something more to provide guidance when the going gets rough. While some choose to turn to liquid cheer, I simply crack open the good book – the dictionary – and remind myself of: faith /f’eɪθ/ noun: loyalty or allegiance to a cause or a person (“Keep the faith”) It is faith that gives me the strength to accept… … that Andrew Alberts will not be the downfall to the Canucks. … the Canucks penalty kill will be measured in actual kills and not seconds. … Gary Bettman...Click here to read more.
Before this series started a lot of people expected a flaky Luongo and a Jonathan Quick who caved under the pressure of his first playoffs. If that’s what you expected you were like surprised to find Jonathan Quick lead the Kings to a 2-1 series lead heading into game four, and Luongo throw some respectable numbers up on the board. Throw away the debate that Don Cherry stirred about about whether or not Luongo is fit to be captain because there’s definitely no change happening any time this season. Luongo had us all worried with his play after the Olympics...Click here to read more.
For the second year in a row Ryan Kesler’s been nominated for the Selke. This year he’s up against Pavel Datsyuk of the Red Wings and Jordan Staal of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Last year Kesler’s nomination was a bit of a surprise but as the two way forward has developed his play and become so instrumental on the Canucks penalty kill (LA Kings series notwithstanding) it was almost expected he’d be included again this year. While some may have Datsyuk as a shoe in for this year’s award, don’t be so sure. As much as we may not like it,...Click here to read more.
With Alberts throwing the Canucks under the bus multiple times Saturday night at GM Place in the Kings and Canucks second game of the series it’s no surprise that he’s getting benched tonight in favour of either Rome or Baumgartner (Baumer if Rome isn’t ready to play). Now there’s no excuse for his penalties, they’ve been stupid, undisciplined, and untimely. They’ve been a result of laziness and hopefully the benching gives him the reality check that he needs to fix things should he see ice time again in this series, let alone the playoff run. Alberts is a big guy...Click here to read more.
It’s no surprise that Canucks fans were up in arms Saturday after the Canucks were beaten by the referrees that night to send the series down to SoCal with the Kings and Canucks tied at one. TSN had a great piece analyzing the call and after there was similar poor refereeing in the Phoenix/Detroit Game-3 there’s certainly some frustration from a lot of people with the zebras. NHL Rule 74.1 states that if a player is within 5 feet of the bench and they do not play the puck then it shall not be called a penalty. It’s pretty clear...Click here to read more.
It’s well known that to get through the Western Conference is a test of endurance. It’s a physical affair and you don’t only have to beat your opponent on the score sheet but you have to physically out play them in order to win a series. For this reason we see the importance of blue-liners and the bottom six alike as the grit factor becomes (in some series, or on some nights) the deciding factor of a game. The Canucks in game one not only dominated the play of the game but they out hit the Kings en route to...Click here to read more.
So as I get ready to take in Canada vs. Switzerland at GM… err.. Canada Hockey Place later today, I’m fortunately not posed with a problem of who to cheer for. I’m a big fan of Canada – so much so that I’ve pledged to wear a red or Canadian themed shirt (my white Canada Hockey jersey for instance) throughout the Winter Olympics. So what is that problem I speak of? You see, I’m also a diehard Canucks fan. So it’s awesome to see the following players represent six different nations: Roberto Luongo (Canada) Daniel Sedin (Sweden) Henrik Sedin (Sweden)...Click here to read more.