Apr 122010

And so it all begins on Thursday. Canucks/Kings round one. The most wonderful time of year where you feel sick to your stomach from the moment you wake up to the moment the puck drops and well beyond that. Many consume alcohol like a freshman on spring break in Miami. Every save, every goal, you feel your heart pounding in your chest.

The Canucks match up well against the Kings. I think it should be a fun series. They have a bunch of young talent. We have twins! I’m a wee bit nervous about Luongo and the defence but hey remember when Canucks fans worried about scoring? At least this is refreshing change! We have the 2nd best offence and the Art Ross winner. I’m not going to say we can take the Kings because that just seems silly for a Canucks fan to do but I will say that the majority of the Kings are toddlers. Maybe the playoffs will scare them. Hanky is a scoring monster?

I am SO happy Hanky did win the Art Ross. This time I might as well bake him a whole massive CAKE. Amazing. Franchise best for the Canucks now too. Of course the NHL could barely bring themselves to acknowledge it yesterday but that’s just typical. There’s only two stars in this league! If your name doesn’t rhyme with Blovechkin or Brosby we’re not going to waste our time! But hey I’m sure it’s not bugging Hank and Vancouver is happy.

Playoff predictions: I decided to do them INCREDIBLY scientifically. I used the S quotient and the PB quotient to determine who moves on from the first round.
S = amount of Swedes
PB = amount of prairie boys

San Jose VS Colorado San Jose has 4 PB and 2 S. Colorado has 3 PB and zero S. Sharks in 5 games.

Chicago VS Nashville
Chicago has 5 PB and 2 S. Nashville has 4 PB and 1 S. Blackhawks in 6.

Vancouver VS LA Vancouver has 8 PB and 4 S (no WONDER I love this team) LA has 2 PB and 2 S. Canucks in 5.

Detroit VS Phoenix Detroit has 4 PB and 8 S. Phoenix has 5 PB and zero S. Redwings in 4.

Washington VS Montreal Washington has 8 PB and 1 S. Montreal has 1 PB and zero S. Washington in 4.

New Jersey VS Philadelphia
New Jersey has 3 PB and zero S. Philadelphia has 7 PB and 1 S. Flyers in 5.

Buffalo VS Boston Buffalo has 1 PB and 1 S. Boston has 2 PB and zero S. Tie breaker needed: BC boys! Buffalo has 1 BC boy. Boston has 2 BC boys. Bruins in 7.

Pittsburgh VS Ottawa
Pittsburgh has 1 PB and zero S. Ottawa has 3 PB and 2 S. Ottawa in 6.

Apr 062010

I mentioned the other day that I was going to make Hanky 100 cuppycakes for scoring 100 points. It was mostly a joke but I had some free time on the weekend and I’m a total dork so I made them. Maybe I can deliver a new batch directly to Hank next time. Heh.

1 – Cuppycake batter pre baking. If you look at my arm you can see I’m wearing a Vancouver Giants Wright jersey. It’s SO rad!

2 – The full collection of cuppycakes. 100 mini cakes of deliciousness.

3 – Hanky’s number!

4- Hanky’s number close up.

5- The cuppycakes with Swedish berries were for Hanky’s goals.

Mar 302010

- So our very own lovely Hank Sedin was the first player to get to 100 points. Wow! I was chatting on twitter and mentioned that I would bake Hank 100 cuppycakes when he reached 100 points. It was mostly a joke and I figured it would take him a little longer to do so but hey a declaration on twitter is fairly binding. So, this holiday weekend I will be making a big pile of cuppycakes with Swedish flags and Canucks colours. Maybe even Swedish fish. Look for a post documenting the deliciousness.

- Mr. Hanky has also been talked up as a Hart trophy favourite(MVP). I think in the end the Eastern bias of most voters will leave him high and dry and they’ll give it to Ovechkin or one of the other stars but I would love to see him win. TSN.ca has an interesting bit of info in regards to Hank being the points leader that whould help his case for trophies if I were voting

“Henrik may be benefiting from the fact that Ovechkin has missed 10 games this season, but of the NHL’s top five scorers, only Sedin is playing fewer than 20 minutes per game. The others are averaging at least two minutes more per contest.”

Hank wants to make you some Swedish HARTballs. Be careful he might give you a HARTattack!

- Just one more brief Hank note. It’s one of life’s simple pleasures to sip your morning coffee and pull up the NHL leaders page on NHL.com to see Hank’s funny little mug shot at the top of the points AND assists columns.

- You know what’s very irksome? Looking at the conference standings and having the Canucks be the only team in the top four of both conferences to not have officially clinched a playoff spot. It’s such a tease! I want to be able to start swooning over playoff beards and put my flag up (on my door since I don’t have a car) and paint my nails and face and all that delightfully silly stuff. So pull up your hockey socks boys! Just win a couple games and get that adorable little X by your name.

- Honestly, I have a hard time coming up with a “Things better than a playoff beard” list. They just make me coo. I find the wide variety of beards on any one team to be amusing. Alex Burrows has the tiny thin very French looking one and Luongo looks like a hairy drug lord. A beard for every taste!

- So, Shane baybee was late to practice yesterday and then AV refused to even answer a question about him. Today it came out that he’s scratched for tonight’s game AND won’t be making the trip to California. My goodness. There’s obviously a little more to this than just being late once. He had been playing so well recently too. Oh Shane. He’s like that boy in high school you liked a lot but would always end up disappointing you with his bad choices. See, this is why I don’t need a soap opera in my life. I have my hockey team!

- There are a new batch of playoff ads asking what if X player hadn’t scored that goal or what if X event hadn’t happened. I really like the Bobby Orr one but the Mark Messier one is just mean. Hasn’t he stolen enough Canucks fans metaphorical baby blankets already? Get off my TV! I still prefer the Cup Raise ad from last season for all my pure goose bump needs.

- I have a long history of hating on the NHL’s marketing when it comes to their female apparel, accessories, and well everything really. I mean sure a lot of it would work if my one goal was to get Sidney Crosby to see my “I’d give my kidney to make out with Sidney” sign at the game. But for the serious female fan it’s generally a horror show. So colour me surprised when I kind of fell in love with the Canucks bikini. No pink! No sparkles! A flattering fit! Team colours! Is it Christmas? Perfect for a long playoff run…

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