After what seemed like an eternity of useless preseason hockey, the Vancouver Canucks enter the regular season with a new bench boss, (some) new faces, and staring down a whole new era of uncertainty. Unlike previous years, no one is penciling Vancouver in as early Stanley Cup favourites, and there are plenty of critics who think the club is bound to finish outside of the playoff bubble. There’s plenty cause for concern; the Sedins are a year older, Brad Richardson, Mike Santorelli, Zac Dalpe, and Ryan Stanton are the only additions from last year’s team, and the club success likely...Click here to read more.
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As a hockey fan and musician, I enjoy seeing the two worlds come together. At a hockey game, it starts with the warm-up music followed by the national anthems. There’s music in between plays (whether live or recorded) and music at the intermission. Away from the rink you can find hundreds of hockey-themed music videos on YouTube. And I’ve been known to put a few hockey compositions together, whether it’s a Christmas Carol, a song from a musical, a classic rock anthem, or an R & B song about our new head coach. By the way: my new Canucks song...Click here to read more.
On the eve of the start of the 2013/2014 NHL regular season, I preview the 30 teams, one division at a time. Photo credit: Sportsnet Anaheim Ducks The Good With newly-acquired Jakob Silfverberg, Kyle Palmieri, Nick Bonino, Emerson Etem, Cam Fowler, Luca Sbisa and Sami Vatanen, the Ducks have a lot of good, young players in their system. The Bad These kids will be good, but the Ducks may be expecting them to take on a lot more and much too soon. The Outlook After a strong start to the 2012/2013 season, the Ducks faded down the stretch and lost...Click here to read more.
In the 8th episode of CHB TV, Clay, J.J., Ed, and I drown our sorrows while breaking down the Canucks early exit. We also chat about our thoughts on the coaching situation… well… the fact there isn’t a coach let alone the situation. I may have also been pretty darn depressed. Notice – sorry for the Game of Thrones spoilers at the very end! Like this:Like Loading…Click here to read more.
With the first round of the 2013 NHL playoffs behind us, it’s time to talk about more important things, like who’s leading the CHB playoffs prediction pool – that would be the Victoria, who correctly predicted 5 of the series winners. Here are our round two picks: Western Conference (1) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (7) Detroit Red Wings Clay: Chicago in 6. The Blackhawks have too much firepower and their forwards will overwhelm the Red Wings’ defence. Chicago may come out a bit rusty (given the 6 days between games) but they will shake it off quickly. Victoria: Chicago in 7....Click here to read more.
In this last TGATT of the season, we recap the Canucks’ final game of the season – a 4-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks. Are you disappointed? Mad? Sad? Glad? I'm so upset that I'm eating a salad #TGATT — Elmee Garner (@giggling_elms) May 8, 2013 Some people drink to drown their sorrows, some eat salad. D’fferent strokes, I suppose. Like this:Like Loading…Click here to read more.
The Vancouver Canucks are down three games to zero to the San Jose Sharks in their first-round NHL playoff match-up. As they try to stave off elimination in this must-win game, I turned to my kids for their predictions. Sean and Kayla are optimistic that the Canucks will still make this a competitive series, and they pulled out every sports cliche possible in expressing their optimism. Meanwhile, Jacob took a more cynical approach as he worked in a few cliches and a bunch of thought-provoking questions regarding the Canucks’ future. Like this:Like Loading…Click here to read more.
Things That Make You Go Hmmm: The Goalie Conundrum, Flipping the Switch, and Staving Off Elimination
So the Vancouver Canucks have lost the pivotal game two and the must-win game three. Looking ahead to a pivotal must-win game four, there are a few Things That Make Me Go Hmmm. The Goalie Conundrum Well, wouldn’t you know it? We’re possibly one game away from the end of the season and the story that became a story at this time last year is still a story. Whether you agree with management’s (GM and coach) handling of the situation or not, you can’t deny that it’s been the number one story with the team this year. So much so...Click here to read more.
The Canucks played better in game 2 than they did in game 1, though – and let’s be honest here – that’s not really saying much. Roberto Luongo played great. And so did Ryan Kesler, who unleashed his beast mode in the third period and damn well near stole the Canucks a win. #Canucks lineup for Game 3: 17-17-17, 17-17-17, 17-17-17, 17-17-17; 17-17, 17-17, 17-17; 1 in goal, 17 to backup. #TGATT — Walter Siu (@waterboy99troop) May 4, 2013 Yup, that sounds about right. Like this:Like Loading…Click here to read more.
As fans, we’re almost always optimistic about how good our team is. When they have bad games, we just know they’ll bounce back with good games. After good games, we don’t expect any team to beat them. This unfailing loyalty was in full display going into game 1 of the Canucks’ first round match-up against the San Jose Sharks. Despite an uneven season – they played some good games in spurts and bad in others – the prevailing thought among the Canucks faithful was that the team would switch the proverbial switch in a favorable match-up against the Sharks. Somehow,...Click here to read more.