It took until the second last day of the regular season to find out that the Canucks would face the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the NHL playoffs. Coming down the stretch, there were a few possible opponents (a rematch against the LA Kings and a battle against the bruising St. Louis Blues among them), but at the end of the day, they drew the Sharks and it sounds like the matchup that everyone wanted. Game 1 goes tonight in Vancouver, and many expert analysts have favoured the Canucks to win the first round against the Sharks,...Click here to read more.
Tagged: Stanley Cup playoffs 2013
On paper, the Vancouver Canucks probably couldn’t have drawn a better match-up in these first round of the NHL playoffs than the San Jose Sharks. Or maybe put it another way, at least they don’t have to play a 7-game series against a bigger, more physical St. Louis Blues team. The Canucks and the Sharks resemble each other in many ways. Both teams have veteran-laden rosters that have experienced a lot of regular season success. But also, save for an extended run or two, both teams have a history of crashing and burning in the postseason. Since the 2004 lockout,...Click here to read more.
Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com Is there a more exciting time of year here in beautiful BC than during the Canucks playoffs? The Canucks are trying to capture your excitement with a microsite – thisiswhatwelivefor.com – where fans can submit photos, videos and other media using Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and use the hashtag #TIWWLF, and then view them in the mosaic on the site. On the ice, the Canucks will try once again to chase Lord Stanley’s Cup. For those whose disappointing early exit against the Kings are still fresh on their minds, it’s a fresh start and another opportunity to give...Click here to read more.
If any team can pull off a come-from-behind and out-of-nowhere unexpected victory or 7, it’s Detroit. And as the Capitals have proven time and time again, if any team can perform an epic playoff meltdown, it’s a team coached by Bruce Boudreau.Click here to read more.
Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com After 48 games last season, the Florida Panthers were out of the playoff picture; they ended up winning the Southeast Division. At the Christmas break, the Minnesota Wild were leading the Northwest Division. And on January 1st, after 40 games, the Wild were only 2 points back of the Canucks; they finished the season in 12th place in the Western Conference and 30 points behind the Canucks. My point is, so many things can happen over the course of 82 games. And then you have to factor in another 20+ games in the postseason. As such, teams...Click here to read more.
Photo credit: CBC.ca Taking a page out of the NCAA’s Selection Sunday, the NHL announced its full playoff schedule tonight during a special playoff scheduling show on the NHL Network. Here is the Canucks’ full first round schedule against the San Jose Sharks: Game 1 at Rogers Arena: Wednesday, May 1st at 7:30 PM Game 2 at Rogers Arena: Friday, May 3rd at 7:00 PM Game 3 at HP Pavilion in San Jose: Sunday, May 5th at 7:00 PM Game 4 at HP Pavilion in San Jose: Tuesday, May 7th at 7:00 PM Game 5 at Rogers Arena: Thursday, May...Click here to read more.