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.
For Canucks fans online, most in the last week have seen the blog written by Edmonton’s Dan Tencer following an Oilers loss. It reeks of the bitterness and frustration that Oilers Nation echoes, and after reading some of the responses to his blog like the one by Brian over at Canucks Corner I feel Tencer’s missing one other perspective. What frustrates me is that Dan Tencer attacks the fans. It’s one thing to attack the team and get off on the fact that they have (and as a Canucks fan I’ll admit this) been a little more prominent in the...Click here to read more.
The other day Scott and Rob Niedermayer’s agent told the Team 1040 Sports Radio they would be interested in playing for Canada’s West Coast club. Now it’s no surprise that certain players look like they’re on their way out of the Canucks organization and certain voids need to be filled. By bringing in Scott and Rob you solve a bunch of the Canucks problems at once. The proverbial killing two birds with one stone. Where do I even start with how they’d impact the team? Ohlund looks like he’s going to test free agency so assume the vacancy there, Scott...Click here to read more.
It’s over. It’s not the end of the world, but for the next couple of days it’s certainly going to feel like it. Everyone predicted what they thought the game would be like, we all hoped for Game 7, the only 7 the Canucks saw tonight was on the score sheet. The final score Blackhawks 7 – Canucks 5. This was a night that saw almost everything you could think of in a game. Horrible refereeing, enourmous hits happening all game long, beautiful goals, run and gun hockey, a hat trick, some fabulous goal tending, some not so fabulous goaltending,...Click here to read more.
Are the Canucks out matched by the Blackhawks at even strength? Can we really only win when we get the chance to take advantage of their penalty kill? The Canucks have proven they have the offensive aresenal to take advantage of a bad turnover, poor change, or odd man rush, but in game 4 the distinct discipline of both teams proved that this series is just getting started. The Canucks shifted from an offensive minded juggernaut, to a defensive machine that was looking to hang onto a one goal lead. I’d said earlier, the Blackhawks ARE going to get more...Click here to read more.
After Game 4 the series is tied and it looks like this is going to go the distance, and if not, it’s going to come close. 1 – The number of Power Play opportunities the Canucks had in Game 4. While the Powerplay has been hot, as I said earlier, if the Blackhawks become more disciplined, we’re going to need to win playing 5-on-5. 2 – Number of penalties Bieksa had last night. Also the number of points (2 Assists) Bieksa has in 18 career playoff games. 3 – Number of games in this series in which the Canucks have...Click here to read more.
What started as a best of 7, went to a best of 5, and then tonight after being tied up again is now down to a best of 3. The Canucks have home ice advantage playing two of the potentially remaining 3 games in the friendly confines of GM Place, but the Blackhawks have proven that no matter where they’re playing they have the comeback down to a science. While the Canucks fixed one problem area in their game, they let up in another. I think back to the game tonight and am left scratching my head as to what...Click here to read more.
The series has been tight so far. The Canucks ability to get out to an early lead has been countered by the Blackhawks ability to comeback and their ‘we’re-not-out-of-it-till-we’re-out-of-it’ menality. Everyone wanted to see the matchup, for the good hockey, and well for a little something else. Besides the fantastic hockey potential the series had, the speed of the Blackhawks and the pace of the Canucks, I think we were all expecting some of the more subtle storylines from the regular season to spill over to the playoffs. Everyone wanted to see Eager and Bieksa renew aquaintences, and Burrows has...Click here to read more.
In the post season so far the Canucks special teams woes have disappeared completely. They boast the third best Power Play in the league (tied for third with Chicago) at 25% and they’ve allowed the third fewest goals against while down a man of the remaining playoff teams. Of the 11 goals they have scored in this series so far, 5 have been Power Play markers. While it’s nice to see the Canucks powerplay clicking they can’t rely on the Blackhawks sloppy play to win games. On top of having a red hot powerplay, the Canucks penalty kill has been...Click here to read more.
Game 3 boasted a Canucks team that we hadn’t seen since the St. Louis series. They were defensively responsible while playing offensive hockey. But just because it was better than games 1 and 2, isn’t reason to go crazy just yet. Public enemy number one right now is Dustin Byfuglien and that’s no secret. He’s their secret weapon at the moment and about the only part of that team’s game that’s clicking (other than game 2 the ‘Hawks have looked awkward and out of place). He’s placing himself in front of Luongo and having his way in the crease. The...Click here to read more.