Jan 182014
 
After a tough trip the Canucks are back at Rogers Arena taking on division rivals the Calgary Flames.  (Photo Credit: canucks.nhl.com)

After a tough road trip the Canucks are back at Rogers Arena taking on division rivals the Calgary Flames.
(Photo Credit: canucks.nhl.com)

After a rough, tough road trip that left them beaten physically, and perhaps, mentally and emotionally, the Vancouver Canucks are left nursing their wounds and Canucks fans wondering what it would it take to right the ship. The Canucks lost all 3 games on their just-concluded road trip, including one of their worst losses in memory, a 9-1 ass-kicking at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks. They scored a grand total of 1 goal in those 3 games, and to make matters worse, may have lost Henrik Sedin, their leading scorer, and Mike Santorelli, their fourth-leading goal scorer, to injuries. Oh, and David Booth too.

Perhaps the day off will help. And with 5 of their next 6 games at home, so may perhaps their return to the friendlier of Rogers Arena. It doesn’t hurt either that tonight’s opponents, the Calgary Flames are one of only two teams with a worst record than the Canucks have over the last 10 games.

Who’s Hot

Truth be told, no one from either team. With both the Canucks and Flames struggling to put the puck in the back of the net, they’re relying on their respective goaltenders right now.

The game against the Ducks aside, Eddie Lack has actually held up the fort well in Roberto Luongo’s absence. He’s allowed just a single goal against in 3 of his last 4 starts. Luongo, however, may be returning tonight.

For the Flames, Karri Ramo will likely get the start after Reto Berra let in 5 goals on 23 shots in Calgary’s last game on Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets. Ramo started back-to-back games earlier this week against the Nashville Predators and Carolina Hurricanes; against the Canes, he recorded his first NHL shutout.

Who’s Back

Aside from Luongo, Alex Burrows is also back in the lineup for the first time since suffering a jaw injury in December.

Who’s Out

Mike Santorelli left Phoenix with his right arm in a sling and isn’t expected to play. After suffering a rib injury (also against the Coyotes), Henrik Sedin is a game-time decision, which puts his 679-game, NHL ironman streak in jeopardy. Jordan Schroeder, Andrew Alberts, and Ryan Stanton are still out; however, Schroeder and Stanton skated today.

For the Flames, Michael Cammalleri and Curtis Glencross remain sidelined.

Jan 172014
 

After going 0-fer on this Pacific Division road trip, scoring a grand total of 1 goal in 3 games, and then potentially losing Henrik Sedin, David Booth and Mike Santorelli to injuries, I bet the Canucks can’t wait to get back home.

Read more #TGATT goodness past the jump.

Jan 132014
 

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The Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks fight for third place in the Pacific Division.
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Vancouver Canucks (24-13-9)
Los Angeles Kings (3-6-1)

If the Canucks were hoping for a quick re-do of their horrendous trip to SoCal the other weekend – a weekend in which they lost both games to the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings and outshot by a 98-48 margin – well, they get their wish. This week, the Canucks will embark on a 3 games in 4 nights road trip, starting in Los Angeles tonight and Anaheim tomorrow, before finishing up in the desert in Phoenix on Thursday.

The Kings are 3-0-0 against the Canucks this season. But if there’s a silver lining of sorts here, the Canucks are still within striking distance, and in fact, a win tonight will see them leapfrog the Kings and take over third place in the Pacific Division.

The Canucks are getting healthier too with Alex Edler is back in the lineup tonight. Also, while Eddie Lack is again getting the start, Roberto Luongo is traveling with the team, a sure sign he is close to returning. Up front, Alex Burrows is expected back on Saturday when they play the Calgary Flames back at Rogers Arena.

Who’s Hot

For the Canucks, Henrik Sedin has 5 assists in his last 4 games, Daniel Sedin has 4 assists in his last 4 games, and Chris Higgins has 3 points (1 goal and 2 assists) in his last 4 games.

For the Kings, Mike Richards has points in consecutive games, Anze Kopitar has 3 assists in his last 4 games, and Jeff Carter has 4 points (3 goals and 1 assist) in his last 4 games.

Who’s Not

Ryan Kesler only has 3 points (2 goals and 1 assist) in his last 11 games.

Jan 062014
 

Things were looking up for the Vancouver Canucks in SoCal. They scored 2 early goals, and on the powerplay, no less. They were up 3-2 late in the third period. Eddie Lack was solid too, thwarting the Anaheim Ducks as the Ducks dominated the Canucks in the last 45 minutes of the game.

But then Kevin Bieksa took over.

He did give the Canucks that 3-2 lead just a minute into the third period, but he was also on the ice for all 3 Ducks goals, and was directly at fault for the first one and maybe even the late, game-tying one. He was also in the penalty box in OT (though admittedly, probably more Daniel’s fault that Bieksa was in the box) when Corey Perry scored with 0.6 seconds left to steal the game from the Canucks.

Read more #TGATT goodness past the jump.

Jan 062014
 
Still looking for their first win of 2014

Still looking for their first win of 2014

The start of a new year is often time for reflection and resolution.  We make promises and renew commitments to our health, our finances, our hobbies, and our time and attention to loved ones.

The writers at CHB have come up with some resolutions of their own, and they are all of the Canucks-variety.  Some have to do with players, others with fans, and still others have to do with personal attitudes.  You’ll even see that some have similar themes.  Regardless, we agreed that it was certainly time for a change – not necessarily for the team – but for ourselves.

But there indeed needs to be accountability.  Otherwise these resolutions will become a world of broken promises.  Thus, I promise that I will check in with my friends here at CHB sometime in March to see how they are doing and to offer any encouragement that I can.

Thus, we proudly present to you – in no particular order – CHB’s New Year’s Resolutions for 2014: 

  1. To play the organ/synthesizer for one Vancouver Canucks home game.  Or at least sit next to the guy who does.  (Clay – @CanuckClay)
  2. To finally start the band I’ve always wanted to start:  Henrik for Hooking.  (Jocelyn – @jocelynaspa)
  3. To not mock Henrik Sedin every time he falls after taking a slap shot.  (Dylan – @dilmarkley)
  4. To stop singing “Santeria” by Sublime substituting ‘Santorelli’ for ‘Santeria’ every time Santorelli scores a goal.  (Paul – @vansport)
  5. To remember that I was actually good at math in high school and stop zoning out when people do math.  (Lizz – @lizzmoffat)
  6. To finally pursue my dream of being a video editor solely for the purpose of editing a Torts rant and changing all the swear words to the word “Waffles”.  (Ashley – @ashleyspinellii)
  7.  To offer John Tortorella my services as a restorative yoga instructor.  (Delia – @DXenophontos)
  8. To not tweet I MISS SCHNEIDER every time someone scores on Luongo.  (Victoria – @concretefluff)
  9. To break my duck and see a game at Rogers Arena.  (Jared – @JThompsondesign)
  10. To connect more Canuck fans the world over.  We are all Canucks after all.  (Myles – @VanCanucksOz)
  11. To proudly wear my David Booth away jersey to a home game without fear of verbal abuse.  (Clay)
  12. To say nice(r) things about Tom Sestito.  (Jocelyn)
  13. To learn to love Tom Sestito… or at least refrain from calling him “Tostito”.  (Ashley)
  14. To stop my drunk, profanity-laced ref-bashing tweets at least until the playoffs.  (Paul)
  15. To be more forgiving of the referees…even when I’m sure they’re wrong.  (Delia)
  16. To try harder to express my true feelings about the Boston Bruins (everyone should have a resolution they know they can accomplish, right?).  (Victoria)
  17. To not be quick to judge any anthem singer not named Marie Hui or Mark Donnelly.  (Clay)
  18. To stop saying or tweeting “They should just decline it, they’re not going to score anyways” every time the Canucks go to the power play.  (Paul)
  19. To maintain a positive attitude even after the overtime buzzer goes sending the Canucks into a shootout.  (Dylan)
  20. To not immediately cover my eyes when the Canucks go to a shootout.  (Jocelyn)
  21. To offer to participate in any and all Canucks shootouts.  I’m better than the twins, I promise.  (Victoria)
  22. To get a pet duck and name it Eddie Quack.  (Ashley)
  23. To keep my Eddie Lack love to an acceptable and legal level.  (Lizz)
  24. To do no more than 6 tweets when I’m at a game with my lovely wife Gail.  (Clay)
  25. To continue to be a fun and fan-friendly place to talk all things Canucks via creative articles and features.  After all, we are Canucks fans just like you.

Thank you to all our loyal CHB readers!  We look forward to another exciting year!

Dec 232013
 
Clay with friends Marie, Joseph, Kevin, Pat G, Arielle, and Pat T

Clay with friends Marie, Joseph, Kevin, Pat G, Arielle, and Pat T

It’s that time of year again: time for our 4th annual Canucks Christmas Carol!

Our song this year is inspired by Wham!’s “Last Christmas”.  We lament the lockout of last Christmas and look at the most important elements of this year’s team:  Roberto Luongo, Ryan Kesler, the Sedins, and head coach John Tortorella.

This year I’m joined by Marie Hui, Arielle Tuliao, Joseph San Jose, Pat Guevara, Pat Teodosio, and our favourite foreign exchange student Kevin who somehow always finds his way to my place just in time to be in these videos.  In fact, both Joseph and Kevin have been in all 4 Canucks Christmas Carols!

Speaking of which, you can watch the previous 3 Canucks Christmas Carols here.

Thanks for watching and Merry Christmas!

Dec 152013
 

As far as rivalry matches go, you couldn’t ask for much more. Roberto Luongo was great. Tuukka Rask wasn’t. Ryan Kesler, Chris Higgins and Mike Santorelli were in beast mode. Milan Lucic wasn’t. The Sedins didn’t back down. Brad Marchand was being a dick. As usual. David Booth scored on a helluva snipe of a shot. Chris Tanev scored. Shorthanded, no less. But most importantly, in the Boston Bruins’ first visit to Rogers Arena since Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, the Canucks won. And won in convincing fashion.

Read more #TGATT goodness past the jump.

Dec 092013
 
Ryan Kesler is happy as a kid on Christmas about his performance the past 4 games.

Ryan Kesler is happy as a kid on Christmas about his performance the past 4 games. (Photo credit vansunsportsblogs.com)

A “Battle of the Bros” takes place tonight at Rogers Arena with the Carolina Hurricanes gusting into town. ‘Canes captain, Eric Staal, and his brother, Jordan Staal, are here to take on our Sedin twins. This is the second and final meeting between the Canucks and the Canes this season. They met a little over a week ago with the Canucks winning 3-2 in Raleigh and kick-starting their 4-game win streak.

Since that loss, however, the Hurricanes have won 3 straight games themselves, including an impressive win on Friday night win against the San Jose Sharks. In that game, they battled back from a 2-goal first period deficit and scored 4 goals in the third period en route to a 5-3 win.

The Canes haven’t played since Friday and should be well-rested for tonight’s match-up. On the other hand, the Canucks played – and won – last night and tonight’s game will be their 3rd in four nights.

The Canucks will likely look to Eddie Lack to play. Roberto Luongo, who has been brilliant in his last 3 games (0.960 save percentage), was 7.1 seconds away from a shutout last night and may have the evening off.

Who’s Hot

Mike Santorelli had a hand in all 3 Canucks goals last night, scoring on 2 of them and assisting on the other, and was awarded the post-game Haida hat. He now has 7 points (3 goals and 4 assists) in his last 6 games, and 21 points (8 goals and 13 assists) in 32 games this season.

Jason Garrison has really stepped up his game with Alex Edler still injured. He notched an assist last night to extend his point-streak to 4 games; he has 6 points (1 goal and 3 assists) in that span.

With his goal last night, Ryan Kesler now has 5 goals in his last 4 games, and 15 goals this season. The latter ties him for 8th in the NHL with Sidney Crosby and Tyler Seguin. Beast mode activated.

For Carolina, Jeff Skinner has 7 points (6 goals and 1 assist) his last 5 games, including a couple of 3-point games during the current Canes win-streak.

Eric Staal is on a roll as well 5 points (1 goal and 4 assists) in his last 4 games. His 23 points for the season lead the Canes, and also leads all other Staals in the league.

Who’s Out

Same IR list for the Canucks with Alex Edler (knee), Alex Burrows (jaw surgery) and Jordan Schroeder (ankle) all still out.

The Canes will definitely be without Mike Komisarek, Drayson Bowman and Patrick Dwyer. Alexander Semin is also day-to-day recovering from a concussion, and is not expected to play tonight.

Nov 302013
 

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Vancouver Canucks (13-9-5)
New York Rangers (13-13-0)

The Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers meet for the first of two meetings this season. It’s been 2 years since these two teams faced each other; the Rangers won at Rogers Arena back in October 2011 by a 4-0 score.

After losing 6 of their first 8 games, the Rangers have started to turn things around. They’ve won 3 out of their last 5 games, and 9 of their last 15.

Meanwhile, the Canucks have only won 2 out of their last 5 games, though they did beat the Ottawa Senators convincingly on Thursday by a 5-2 score, with 4 of those goals coming in the second period. It was only the second time in 9 games the Canucks managed to score more than 2 goals in a game.

Today’s most interesting storyline? Canucks coach John Tortorella will return to Madison Square Garden and face the Rangers in his first regular season game since being let go by the Rangers at the end of the 2012-2013 season. The Canucks will face former coach Alain Vigneault, the winningest coach in Canucks history, who was also let go at the end of the 2012-2013 season by the Canucks.

Who’s Hot

Daniel Sedin has 7 points (2 goals and 5 assists) in the last 4 games. He scored his 300th NHL carreer goal on Thursday against the Senators. Henrik Sedin has 5 points (3 goals and 2 assists) in the last 4 games.

Since returning from a concussion, Rick Nash has 3 goals in 6 games, including 1 in each of his last 2 games.

Who’s Out

The Vancouver Canucks are still without foward Jordan Schroeder (sprained ankle).

The New York Rangers are without foward Derek Dorsett (sprained wrist)

Nov 282013
 
I sacrificed a cookie to the Hockey Gods today, hopefully it's enough to make scoring happen. Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com

I sacrificed a burrito to the “Hockey Gods” today, hopefully they like Mexican and make scoring happen.
Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com

Looking to get back on the good side of the Hockey Gods, the Vancouver Canucks take on the Ottawa Senators tonight at the Canadian Tire Centre (formerly Scotiabank Place). The first of a 4-game road trip, the Canucks are looking to correct their offense, which has been downright offensive during their current slump.

The Senators won a hard-fought game against the Washington Capitals last night, rallying back from an early 2-goal deficit to win 6-4. The tired Senators have only won 4 of 12 home games this season so home-ice advantage may not be as much of an advantage, especially considering the visiting Canucks have won 7 of their 13 road games.

For all their recent struggles, a quick road trip may be what our Canucks need. The optimist in me thinks this game could be different. Maybe some time away from Fin’s constant manhandling of his drum or the “I-bought-this-ticket-but-now-my-kid-can’t-go-to-college” crowd can help relieve some pressure from the mounting losses. Since a 4-game win-streak a month ago, the Canucks are a woeful 3-5-4, including their current stretch of just 1 win in their last 8 games.

Who’s Hot

In some Freaky Friday sort of thing, set-up man Henrik Sedin has 4 goals in 5 games, while sniper Daniel has 4 assists in 3 games.

Who’s Not

The Sens’ Craig Anderson, who garnered some Vezina attention last season, has an .899 save percentage (36th in NHL) and a 3.36 GAA (42nd in NHL). He’s let in 4 goals or more in 6 of his last 8 games, including in each of his last 3 games. But before the Canucks start salivating at the possibility of putting some pucks past Anderson, he did start against the Caps last night so chances are Robin Lehner will get the start tonight.

Who’s Out

Jordan Schroeder remains out with his ankle injury for the Canucks, while Ottawa’s Mark Borowiecki is not expected to play with a strained neck.

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