[Every Monday, Katie Maximick takes your questions and answers them in her own cantakerous style. If you have any questions about the Canucks, send it to her via Twitter (@canucksgirl44)] Photo credit: CBC In this week’s edition of “Ask Katie About the Canucks”, Katie talks about breakouts and busts, cries about B-Mo, picks a new linemate for the Sedins, and picks a drinking buddy. Lisa asks: “If you could choose any player in the NHL and put him on the Canucks, who would it be and who would you play him with?” Katie: I bet every body would be jumping...Click here to read more.
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In this week’s edition of “Ask Katie About the Canucks”, Katie talks about expectations, Lou’s hair, Kes for Captain, Burrows’ replacement, Todd Bertuzzi and puck bunnies. Trent (an Oilers fan) asks: With all this talk about the Canucks being the team to beat in the west this year, do you think this will hamper or help them in the season and playoffs? Also, what if anything is missing from their line-up to put them over the top? Katie: Last year a lot of people predicted the Canucks to win the Cup early on, and I don’t think they (the team)...Click here to read more.
– And so we play the Hawks again. This city is jazzed. Everyone wants some redemption for last year. Saturday is a longggg wait to see game 1. It can’t come soon enough. The Canucks are a better team this year. We have our secret weapon highest scoring muppet around…Mikael Samuelsson! The Art Ross winner Hanky “Pinata” Sedin! But really the best improvement is the vibe the whole team has this season. Maybe they talked to the Dali Lama this summer or maybe it’s just the fantastic Ryan Walter’s leadership values but they are very zen this season. The biggest...Click here to read more.
Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com The Canucks can close off their Western Conference Quarterfinal Series against the LA Kings tonight. Can they go for the jugular? Or do they allow the Kings a chance at Game 7 on Tuesday? Can the Kings stop the ‘S-Train’? And if they do, can they also stop the Canucks’ secondary scorers? Here are today’s game day links: Go for the jugular. [TSN; Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province; Ed Willes, Vancouver Province; Ryan Sullivan, News 1130] Kings sticking with Quick. [Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province; Helene Elliott, LA Times; Eric Stephens, OC Register] How do you stop the ‘S-Train’?...Click here to read more.
Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com The Canucks, left looking for their swagger after Game 3, seem to now have found it in spades. I don’t know what happened or what was said in their locker room during the second intermission of Game 4. Whatever it was, the players have responded positively and are playing great hockey. They’ve scored 11 goals – 8 ESG, 2 PPG and 1 empty-netter – in the last four periods. Even their penalty-kill has been a bit better. They’ve allowed just 1 PPGA in the last 7 Kings powerplays, and even killed a brief 5-on-3 against them last...Click here to read more.
– Kes was nominated for the Selke AGAIN! I think he has a real shot at winning it this season. He’s improved his offensive totals while still blocking a ton of shots and being bad ass on the penalty kill. His faceoff winning percentage is wonderfully high and he’s 2nd in league in takeaways. Basically at this point I sound like Samuel L Jackson when I talk about Kes. (not safe for print) Datsyuk is awesome yeah. But I think it’s time for a change! – Let me tell you, I adore defence. A defenceman or a defensive forward is...Click here to read more.
If there’s one thing we can take away from this playoff run, win or lose, it’s that Mikael Samuelsson held up his end of the bargain. The former Red Wing who in just four playoff appearances had 69 career playoff games played has been a force for the Canucks and has scored some clutch goals to either keep the Canucks alive, or spark them to something better, both in the regular season and now the post season where it matters most. Last night after getting put with the Sedins, Samuelsson scored a huge goal to tie the game up and...Click here to read more.
Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com Despite their inconsistent play in the last couple of weeks, it’s hard to deny that the 2009/2010 Vancouver Canucks had a regular season to remember. The Canucks won 49 games, tying the franchise record set by the 2006/2007 edition. Their 30 home wins is a franchise record. They scored 268 goals, 2nd in the NHL only to Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. It’s their highest goal total since their first season at GM Place. They ranked 3rd in win percentage (.795) in games in which they scored first; they also led the league with 11 wins...Click here to read more.
Scott Cullen wrote a column on TSN taking a crack at who is the number one line in the league. Guess which lovely men were the number one line for 5 on 5 play? You’re thinking Alex Ovechkin and various men folk right? Patrick Kane/Johnathan Toews/other Blackhawk perhaps? Or maybe you’re going with Dany Heatley/Joe Thorton/Patrick Marleau? Nope. It’s Hank and Danny Sedin and Alex Burrows! Yes, oh yes. It’s ok to swoon. I encourage it. It’s good for the heart and the skin and all that. Cullen even has numbers and math to back it up so you know...Click here to read more.