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CHB Countdown: Top 5 Players Canucks Fans Love to Hate

There’s just something about the Vancouver Canucks. Everyone seems to want a piece of them. Sure they are a consistently solid team with (somewhat) mouthy players like Ryan Kesler, Kevin Bieksa and Alex Burrows, but does that merit, what seems to be, a league-wide hatred? If you ask the players they’d tell you they like being hated – it means they are doing their job. But there are certain players which go above beyond the casual disdain. Players that seem to thrive on making the Canucks miserable whenever they get a chance. These players are sprinkled throughout the league and may only...

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Line Combos, Home Ice Disadvantage, and Pivotal Games 0

Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Line Combos, Home Ice Disadvantage, and Pivotal Games

After an abbreviated season, the Vancouver Canucks opened up the postseason with a 3-1 loss to the visiting San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night. Looking back at the game and looking ahead to the next one, there are a few Things That Make Me Go Hmmm: Searching for the Right Line Combinations The Canucks forwards simply did not create enough shots or scoring opportunities. This continues a trend of low-scoring games as the Canucks have not scored more than 3 goals in a game since their 4-2 win over Nashville on April 15. I must admit that I was a...

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Canucks vs. Sharks First-Round Playoff Series Preview: A Tale of Two (Similar) Cities 0

Canucks vs. Sharks First-Round Playoff Series Preview: A Tale of Two (Similar) Cities

On paper, the Vancouver Canucks probably couldn’t have drawn a better match-up in these first round of the NHL playoffs than the San Jose Sharks. Or maybe put it another way, at least they don’t have to play a 7-game series against a bigger, more physical St. Louis Blues team. The Canucks and the Sharks resemble each other in many ways. Both teams have veteran-laden rosters that have experienced a lot of regular season success. But also, save for an extended run or two, both teams have a history of crashing and burning in the postseason. Since the 2004 lockout,...

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Out of Town Notebook: The Four Worst Moves an NHL GM Can Make 6

Out of Town Notebook: The Four Worst Moves an NHL GM Can Make

With the NHL Trade deadline a little less than a month from now, speculation is heating up. Actually, that is a bit of an understatement. Speculation isn’t just heating up, it’s already reached a good rolling boil. We’ve entered the silly season of trade rumours people, where Ryan Getzlaf could be traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, you know, just ‘cuz. It’s not just fans or the media that can get swept up in the euphoria that is the trade talk. General Managers can too. With that in mind, here are the four worst trade decisions that could be made...

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Thornton Taunts Hank 3

Thornton Taunts Hank

I’ll admit I found it funny to see Joe Thornton try and taunt (troll?) Henrik Sedin by repeatedly putting his fingers in Hank’s face. To be honest, I don’t know if it was more an indication of his lack of respect for Hank and the official – this incident occurred while both captains were conferring with the referee – or if he was simply channeling his inner douchebag-iness. Maybe both. The thing is, Max Lapierre took a lot of heat during last season’s Stanley Cup Finals for putting his finger in Patrice Bergeron’s face. I wonder if the media will...

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