Tagged: playoffs 2011

Canucks Bloggers Playoff Panel: Ghostbusters

Canucks Bloggers Playoff Panel: Ghostbusters

[As we count down the hours until puck drops on the first round playoff series between the Canucks and the Chicago Blackhawks, we put together a panel of your favorite Canucks bloggers to answer some key questions.] Photo credit: Vancouver Sun Q: Which Canuck will step up the most, elevate his game and erase the ghost of past playoff failures? J.J. Guerrero, Canucks Hockey Blog: Roberto Luongo needs to be more Luon-GOLD rather than 7uongo. Lui enjoyed what he says this is the best he’s felt in his career. I hope for his sake this carries into the postseason because...

Canucks Bloggers Playoff Panel: Keys to the Series

Canucks Bloggers Playoff Panel: Keys to the Series

[As we count down the hours until puck drops on the first round playoff series between the Canucks and the Chicago Blackhawks, we put together a panel of your favorite Canucks bloggers to answer some key questions.] Photo credit: faceoff.com Q: What do you think will be the one, key determining factor in the Canucks/Blackhawks series? J.J. Guerrero, Canucks Hockey Blog: Don’t let the Blackhawks get into their heads. Chris Golden, Canucks Hockey Blog: I think the key factor in this series will be mental toughness. On paper, the Canucks are the superior squad in all facets of the game....

Canucks Bloggers Playoff Panel: Lofty Expectations

Canucks Bloggers Playoff Panel: Lofty Expectations

[As we count down the hours until puck drops on the first round playoff series between the Canucks and the Chicago Blackhawks, we put together a panel of your favorite Canucks bloggers to answer some key questions.] Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com Q: What are your expectations of the Canucks this postseason? J.J. Guerrero, Canucks Hockey Blog: I expect the Canucks to win the Cup every year. And after a regular season to remember, I think those expectations are justified. The Canucks put together what is arguably the best team in their franchise history, and they finished far ahead of any other...

This is War

This is War

Today is the day we’ve been waiting for a long time. It’s the puck drop on game 83, the start of the second season, and the first game on the road to redemption and retribution. There’s no doubt that this series is going to be a war. Are you ready?

Rock the Johnny Canuck, Win a Canucks Team-Signed Stick

Rock the Johnny Canuck, Win a Canucks Team-Signed Stick

Hopefully by now, you’ve heard about our little Canucks Playoff Beard Challenge. Simply supporting the team by showing off your best looking playoff beard can get you a shot at winning a $25 gift card to the Hurricane Grill. But also, we here at Canucks Hockey Blog wanted to celebrate the start of this long playoff run with a kick-off contest so we reached out to our friends from the Vancouver Canucks organization and discovered they had a team-signed Canucks stick available for us to give away to one lucky CHB reader. To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to...

A Tumultuous Task: Canucks vs. Blackhawks Series Thoughts

A Tumultuous Task: Canucks vs. Blackhawks Series Thoughts

I’m not going to lie, anything that reminds me of Chicago makes me nervous. I cringe at the sight of anything remotely related to a Blackhawk, I never eat deep-dish pizza, and even Oprah Winfrey scares me a little bit. Ultimately, what makes me nervous is that the Vancouver Canucks are going up against the defending Stanley Cup champions. It’s a tumultuous task to be sure, and no one said the road towards hockey’s Promised Land would be fraught with easy opponents. But the fact remains that the Vancouver Canucks have a very tough job ahead of them in the...

Haggis and Canucks Hockey

Haggis and Canucks Hockey

Canucks Nation has bigger borders than we think. We know the Canucks have one of the biggest followings in the NHL, and we see this at every away game – no matter where it seems to be, Canucks fans stand out in any arena, sometimes outnumbering the home fan base. But it seems the Canucks have touched a lot of people beyond the continent; this isn’t surprising when you think about the exciting history the team has had. And so during the playoffs, Canucks Hockey Blog will be honouring these international fans by profiling a few of them from around...

Out of Town Notebook: Western Conference Playoff Preview

Out of Town Notebook: Western Conference Playoff Preview

Earlier, we looked at the playoff match-ups in the Eastern Conference. Now we look at the Western Conference. (1) Vancouver Canucks vs (8) Chicago Blackhawks Season Series: Tied (2-2) The Canucks enter the post-season as the prohibitive favourites to win the Stanley Cup. They finish the year with the league’s best powerplay, goals for, goals against, top-scorer (Daniel Sedin) and overall record. Oh, and they’re second overall in save percentage, third in penalty kill. Anything less than a Cup Finals appearance will make the season a failure, which is high-stakes for coach Alain Vigneault. The defense, injured for most of...

Out of Town Notebook: Eastern Conference Playoff Preview

Out of Town Notebook: Eastern Conference Playoff Preview

Finally. The real NHL season. Let’s take a look at what will happen over the next few weeks in Round One. First, the Eastern Conference. (1) Washington Capitals vs (8) New York Rangers Season Series: Rangers (3-1) Good or bad, it feels like the final chapter is about to be written for this group of players and coaches in Washington. The Capitals have used the 2010-2011 season to institute a defensive style they believe will help them win playoff games. If they aren’t successful this spring you can expect changes to be made, with Bruce Boudreau’s job likely in jeopardy....

Canucks Round 1 Playoff Schedule

Canucks Round 1 Playoff Schedule

The NHL has announced its first-round playoff schedule. The Canucks vs. Blackhawks start on Wednesday, April 13. Game 1 (at Rogers Arena): Wednesday, April 13th at 7 PM Game 2 (at Rogers Arena): Friday, April 15th at 7 PM Game 3 (at United Center): Sunday, April 17th at 5 PM Game 4 (at United Center): Tuesday, April 19th at 5 PM Game 5* (at Rogers Arena): Thursday, April 21st at 7 PM Game 6* (at United Center): Sunday, April 24th at 5 PM Game 7* (at Rogers Arena): Tuesday, April 26 at 7 PM * – if required All games...

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