[Every Monday, Katie Maximick takes your questions and gives her take on the Canucks in her own cantankerous style. If you have any questions about the Canucks, send it to her via Twitter (@KMaximick)] After spending the weekend on Bowen Island I realized how close to Vancouver this little getaway spot was – and not a lot of the island is populated, making it easy for elusive creatures to hide there, like a sasquatch or the notorious “wolf dog” running wild on Bowen right now, or even former NHL players who needed somewhere to go and forget their problems. Which...Click here to read more.
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The Canucks made it official today and announced that Manny Malhotra will miss the rest of the season, including the playoffs. In his post last week, Richard sounded more optimistic than I feel right now. It’s true that the Canucks have faced adversity all season and have had guys step up and contribute. However, most of their injuries were in the back end, and I just don’t think replacing Manny and what he’s given the Canucks this season can be easily done. All season long, the Canucks have rolled out their three-headed monster down the middle. There are very few...Click here to read more.
[Every Sunday, Caylie King looks at the Canucks week that was and the Canucks week ahead. You can follow Caylie on Twitter (@cayking).] Canucks Record 73 GP, 47-17-9, 103 points (1st in Northwest Division, 1st in Western Conference) Who’s Hot Captain Henrik Sedin has done a commendable job of keeping up with brother Daniel in the NHL scoring race. He’s scored in 7 of his last 8 games and has 11 points (2G – 9A) in that stretch. It doesn’t look like he’ll reach his career-high, franchise-record of 112 points that he set last season, whilst winning the Hart and...Click here to read more.
The old adage that defense wins championships is one we’ve seen proven true year after year. The Blackhawks proved that last year. So did the San Francisco Giants when they won the World Series last year on stellar pitching and field play. And in the case of recent Super Bowl champions, the Green Bay Packers, there’s no doubt in my mind that the winning formula is a complement of defense and offense. That said, the loss of Manny Malhotra isn’t one to panic over. There is no denying that Malhotra’s contributions to this team’s penalty kill and bottom-six has been...Click here to read more.
On the day after the Canucks clinched the Northwest Division, they received some bad news on the Manny Malhotra front. The Canucks say it will be a couple days before they know the scope of Manny Malhotra’s eye injury. What they do know is that he had surgery Wednesday night and there is concern about his vision. He will see a specialist later today. To say this is a big blow to the Canucks is an understatement. Save for a stretch in December, Uncle Manny has been key to the Canucks’ depth all season long. I mean, how do you...Click here to read more.
Photo credit: National Post There are a few hockey adages that nearly always ring true. Adages like “throw it on net, and good things happen”, or one of a similar vein, “go to the net and good things happen”, litter not just hockey but all sports. There is no sport where being flashy and being pretty wins games. More often than not, it’s the hard-earned garbage goals that are more effective or have a larger impact than the fancy toe-drag dangle after a coast-to-coast rush. This year’s Canucks team is loaded with depth, talent and a will to win but...Click here to read more.
[Every Sunday, Caylie King looks at the Canucks week that was and the Canucks week ahead. You can follow Caylie on Twitter (@cayking).] Canucks Record 63 GP, 39-15-9, 87 points (1st in Northwest Division, 1st in Western Conference) Who’s Hot When the Canucks signed Manny Malholtra to a 3-year/$7.5 million contract in the summer, no one expected him to be one of the top scorers of the team. He was signed for his faceoff domination, penalty-killing and veteran leadership. But no matter what anyone says, scoring goals and getting points is one of the best parts of the game. After...Click here to read more.
I’ve taken to calling the line of Manny Malhotra, Raffi Torres and Jannik Hansen the “Roberto Duran Line”. For those too young to remember, Roberto Duran is widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all-time and an inductee in the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He was the Manny Pacquiao of an earlier generation of boxing fans. His nickname was “Hands of Stone” and he has a biography with the same name. Which brings us back to Manny, Raffi and the Great Dane. After last night’s game, Malhotra is now pointless in 2011, a stretch of 19 games....Click here to read more.
[Every Sunday, Caylie King looks at the Canucks week that was and the Canucks week ahead. You can follow Caylie on Twitter (@cayking).] Canucks Record 53 GP, 34-10-9, 77 points (1st in Northwest Division, 1st in Western Conference) Who’s Hot Daniel Sedin is currently on a 8-game point streak. He has 11 points in that stretch, though surprisingly, he only has 1 goal and seems somewhat content to leave the scoring to his teammates. Daniel has easily been one of the most consistent Canucks this season. He leads the team in scoring with 28 goals and 41 assists. He’s in...Click here to read more.
[Every Monday, Katie Maximick takes your questions and gives her take on the Canucks in her own cantankerous style. If you have any questions about the Canucks, send it to her via Twitter (@canucksgirl44)] Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com The Canucks are finishing the month of January at a less-than-inspiring L10 record of 4-2-4, a bit of a slump compared to how they began the New Year (7-0-3). Shootout woes, the injury bug and scoring slumps have been plaguing the team for most of the past month. After a month of near perfection and little to complain about, suddenly many fans finally...Click here to read more.