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Deja Vu

Deja Vu

– 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...

Kesler getting on his happy dance

Kesler getting on his happy dance

Distinct Kicking Ass Motion

Distinct Kicking Ass Motion

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...

Goody Bag

Goody Bag

– 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...

Penalty Killing is Killing the Canucks

Penalty Killing is Killing the Canucks

With all the controversy around the Canucks too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty in game two, and the disallowed goal which was “kicked in” by Daniel Sedin, a lot of people are crying conspiracy and losing sight of the real fact, the Canucks penalty killing has been atrocious. We can look at numbers and everyone already knows just how many goals have been allowed while down a man but everyone’s missing the other red flags raised by all of this. I’ve been saying that the Canucks PK could really benefit from the likes of having Willie Mitchell and his long stick back in the...

Kesler nominated for Selke

Kesler nominated for Selke

For the second year in a row Ryan Kesler’s been nominated for the Selke. This year he’s up against Pavel Datsyuk of the Red Wings and Jordan Staal of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Last year Kesler’s nomination was a bit of a surprise but as the two way forward has developed his play and become so instrumental on the Canucks penalty kill (LA Kings series notwithstanding) it was almost expected he’d be included again this year. While some may have Datsyuk as a shoe in for this year’s award, don’t be so sure. As much as we may not like it,...

Game One Reflections

Game One Reflections

Let me start by saying that at 6:30 PM I was still downtown at SFU’s Harbour Centre, stuck in the middle of lecture and agonizing over when we were going to get an effin’ break. Yes, I was ducking out early (there was no way in hell I was going to miss Game One!). By 6:35, I was sprinting to Waterfront station. Somehow, I managed to get home by 7 PM on the nose. Thank God. The Canucks started the game off with a similar work ethic in the first period. I thought they had some jump early and fed...

A Regular Season to Remember

A Regular Season to Remember

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...

Ryan Kesler is Blue and Green for Six more years

Ryan Kesler is Blue and Green for Six more years

– Well, I was totally shocked to wake up to this news this morning. The Canucks wanted to keep Kes and Kes wanted to stay but I was prepared for the fact that nothing would be worked out until the off season. WOW. Six years with about a $5 million cap hit is really great considering Kes does a litle bit of everything. All his scoring, grit, defensive selke worthy play, (did you know he is only second to Pavel Datsyuk for takeaways in the NHL? Wowee) penalty killing, and trash talk are ours to enjoy for ages. Hooray! –...

Hear Ye Hear Ye Time For Some Sexy Stats

Hear Ye Hear Ye Time For Some Sexy Stats

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...

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