Tagged: Ryan Kesler

CHB’s Top 10 Ways the Sedins Can Improve in the Shootout 0

CHB’s Top 10 Ways the Sedins Can Improve in the Shootout

In the Vancouver Canucks’ 3-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night, both Henrik and Daniel were among the Canucks skaters to shoot in the shootout. Daniel’s quick snapshot was stopped by Mike Smith, and Henrik lost the handle of the puck on his attempt, sealing the loss. It still perplexes me as to how two of the most creative and offensively-gifted players in the entire league can perform so poorly in the shootout.  Perhaps they could spend some of their new $28 million on shootout coaches or lessons. In the meantime, CHB readers offered up their suggestions on...

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Canucks vs. Coyotes Game Day Preview: On The Road Again 0

Canucks vs. Coyotes Game Day Preview: On The Road Again

Another home stand has come and gone for the Vancouver Canucks and now it’s back on the road for a 4-game jaunt against 4 of the best teams in the Western Conference. Starting tonight in Phoenix, Arizona, the Canucks (10-5-1, 21 points) look to overtake the Coyotes (10-3-2, 22 points) in the Pacific Division. The Coyotes look to defend their home ice, where they haven’t lost in regulation yet this season (6-0-1). On the other hand, the Canucks take their newly-found confidence and swagger from their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, and their impressive road record, second-best...

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Is Ryan Kesler Back to Selke Trophy Form? 2

Is Ryan Kesler Back to Selke Trophy Form?

Photo credit: CBC.ca With Ryan Kesler on pace for 44 goals, is it safe to assume that he’s back into the form that made him one of the league’s elite players and the 2011 Selke Trophy winner?  Or has Kesler simply been opportunistic while playing with the Sedins and the beneficiary of lucky bounces like the gimmie in Philadelphia? For my first article on Canucks Hockey Blog I take a look at the underlying numbers to find out if ‘Kes’ is indeed back into Selke form. If you’re not familiar with advanced stats, otherwise known as #fancystats, most people put...

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What should the Canucks be for Halloween? 7

What should the Canucks be for Halloween?

Are you still trying to figure out your Halloween Costume? Picking the perfect costume can be a real conundrum. Just in case some of our beloved Canucks players are still searching for the perfect costume, we here at CHB have put together some choice suggestions that are bound to score them lots of candy… and maybe a few laughs. David Booth should go as Ricky Bobby This is the perfect costume for Booth because it’s hillbilly-ish which suits him and I’m sure he uses delicious Wonder Bread to make his freshly killed Moose meat sandwiches… or deer meat or antelope...

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Canucks vs. Red Wings Game Day Preview: Welcoming the Wings Back to the West 1

Canucks vs. Red Wings Game Day Preview: Welcoming the Wings Back to the West

Luongo looks to remain calm, cool and collected against the forceful red wings tonight in Vancouver. (Credit thescore.com) Formerly bonded by the Western Conference, the Canucks look to take on the struggling Detroit Red Wings tonight at 7:30 PM. The Red Wings, having won only 6 of their last 12 games, seem like easy pickings for the Canucks. However, the Red Wings won 2 of 3 games in the season series last season and outscored the Canucks 14-7. Detroit is in for a ride with the always interesting, Tortorella-driven team, the Canucks will get the early lead tonight in Vancouver....

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Canucks vs. Capitals Game Day Preview: Burr Back 0

Canucks vs. Capitals Game Day Preview: Burr Back

Washington Capitals (5-6) Vancouver Canucks (8-4-1) After an impressive seven-game road trip (5-1-1), the Vancouver Canucks are back in Vancouver and will take on the Washington Capitals. As the Capitals look to start a new winning streak after their three-game winning streak came to an end on Saturday night with a 5-2 loss against the Calgary Flames, the Canucks look to continue their own three-game winning streak tonight. We welcome the Canucks back home, but also, we (expect to) welcome back Alexandre Burrows, who has been out since injuring his foot while blocking a shot on October 3rd during the...

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The Game According to Twitter: Canucks 3 vs. Blues 2 (OT) 0

The Game According to Twitter: Canucks 3 vs. Blues 2 (OT)

Hands up, anyone who foresaw the Vancouver Canucks going 5-1-1 on this 7-game, 11-night road trip. Written off by everyone – and seriously, if you had gone on Twitter and the message boards, or listened to the talking heads on TEAM 1040 yesterday, you would’ve thought the Canucks already had their bags packed for YVR even before last night’s game against the St. Louis Blues. The Canucks weren’t great, but they were good enough. Eddie Lack, in only his 3rd NHL start, made some terrific saves, especially in the third period when the Blues tried to get their game to...

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The Game According to Twitter: Canucks 5 vs. Islanders 4 (OT) 0

The Game According to Twitter: Canucks 5 vs. Islanders 4 (OT)

Last night’s game between the Vancouver Canucks and the New York Islanders was an eventful, see-saw game; both teams took turns taking the lead, and then blowing it, before the Canucks eventually between the Islanders 5-4 in overtime. David Booth was a scratch – in favor of Andrew Alberts, who played 1 shift and 37 seconds in the first 2 minutes of the game, no less. Ryan Kesler was elbowed in the head, though he didn’t miss a shift. Jannik Hansen was hurt, and missed the latter half of the game. And Kevin Bieksa – yes, Kevin Bieksa – continued...

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Canucks vs. Sabres Game Day Preview: Zack’s back in town 0

Canucks vs. Sabres Game Day Preview: Zack’s back in town

As bad as the Philadelphia Flyers are in the standings, the Buffalo Sabres are just as inept. The two are toiling away in the bottom of the Eastern Conference and if their early performances have been any indication, they’ll be there for quite some time. On the second leg of a seven-game roadie, the Canucks have a chance to pick up consecutive road wins with what should be an easy opponent in Buffalo. After coming from behind to defeat the Flyers late on Tuesday, Vancouver can build some momentum with another two points. What to watch Too often lately have...

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Stop the Sedins, beat the Canucks 1

Stop the Sedins, beat the Canucks

Photo credit: canucks.com We’re 6 games into the 2013/2014 regular season, and already, it seems like, on offense, not much has changed for the Vancouver Canucks. That is, the Canucks are still unable to generate much on offense. And what little offense they generate is usually generated by the Sedins. Consider this: Henrik Sedin’s goal, which tied the game late in the second period against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, was only the Canucks’ 5th goal in 3 games. Consider this as well: 4 of these 5 goals were scored or assisted by Henrik or brother Daniel. In fact, of...

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