Found February 12, 2012 on
Rob The Hockey Guy:
It goes without saying that finishing first in the conference is very important, but it’s likely going to be a lot more advantageous this year than last. Last year, the reward for finishing in first place was a date with the Chicago Blackhawks. I don’t think I need to remind anyone how hard that turned out to be.
Taking a look at the Western Conference standings as it looks today, the 8th place team is likely to be one of Phoenix, Calgary or Dallas. Colorado and Minnesota are also in the mix, but I don’t think they have what it takes to ultimately secure the final playoff spot. It’s also possible that Chicago or Los Angeles could slip up and finish in 8th, but I think that’s unlikely.
With a 14 point cushion on Calgary in the Northwest Division, the Canucks look like a sure bet to win their division. That ensures them a top 3 finish in the conference, but settling for 2nd or 3rd in the conference isn’t a wise state of mind.
Playing a weaker opponent in the first round is very important in order to finish off a series quickly and reduce the chance of injuries. If the Canucks finish in second spot, they would likely have to play the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings are a team that the Canucks have had a lot of trouble with in recent years. They’re also big and physical. Avoiding the Kings and getting Phoenix or Calgary (the two most likely opponents to finish in 8th spot) would be advisable.
While Phoenix and Calgary aren’t exactly doormats, the Canucks match-up well against them. Calgary is a physical team, they have great goaltending and they have Jarome Iginla, but they’re thin everywhere else. Phoenix has the defensive coaching guru, Dave Tippett, but they don’t hold a candle to the Canucks in talent.
While it’s a bit of an obvious statement to make, it’s particularly important this year to finish in first place. The difference between the number 8 seed and the number 7 seed is likely to be immense. That’s why it’s important that the Canucks get on a roll down the stretch and surpass Detroit for top spot.
BEST OF MAXIM
Mats Sundin’s #13 banner was raised to the rafters of the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Saturday night, and it made me think back to his time in Vancouver. Sundin, as you might remember, spent half a season in blue and green during the 2008-09 season. The Mats Sundin that Canucks fans got to see, at age 38, wasn’t of hall of fame caliber but he wasn’t a bust either.
Get with it, Seattle!
In recent weeks, a money manager from San Francisco named Christopher Hansen has apparently taken a much more serious look at a privately funded multi-purpose arena for the Seattle sports market. The main concern is to attract an NBA franchise back to the North West.
Since arenas are such expensive ventures, there would be a need to fill the proposed venue as...
One of the players who is rumored to be on the trade block at this year`s deadline is Cory Schneider of the Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver has two strong goalies in Schneider and Roberto Luongo and both would like to be the team`s clear number one goalie. Luongo is signed until 2022 with a $5.33 million salary cap hit. That contract is prohibitive to move. Schneider is signed...
Are You That Canucks DJ?
When attending a Canucks home game, one of the smaller pleasures, in addition to abusing the supporters of other team especially Leafs fans, is in hearing the choice of music played by the in-house DJ (Dave) at different points in the game.
In-House DJ Dave Levinson has some competition, or some new songs to play.
As with most things in this world,...
It was a bit of a let-down last night in Cowtown for the Canucks but please allow me to brighten your morning.
Below is a collection of Canucks related stories from around the interwebz for you and your loved ones to feast your eyes on.
So without further ado, I present the greatest list OF ALL TIME.
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Oh-Oh…First Game After A Road Trip
The Vancouver Canucks return home after a productive road trip to take on the suddenly streaking Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night.
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Phoenix Coyotes (27-21-8) at Vancouver Canucks (34-15-6)
When: 10:00 PM ET, Monday, February 13, 2012
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia...
The Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames battled in a classic Northwest Division matchup featuring two fights and extra time as the Flames beat the Canucks 3-2 in the shootout.
Mason Raymond and Alex Edler were stopped in the skills competition and Jarome Iginla had his revenge on Roberto Luongo to seal it in the third round, keeping the Canucks from collecting...
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Ryan Kesler scored the winner in the sixth round of the shootout, leading the Vancouver Canucks
to a 2-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night.
There’s that shootout again…
There was a time when a Vancouver Canucks/Flames game was appointment viewing. If games against the Oilers over the past decade have been defined by speed and skill displays, contests against the Flames have traditionally been trench wars.
The rivalry has waned in recent years as the Flames and Canucks have chased completely different trajectories...
Ryan Kesler scored the winner in the sixth round of the shootout, leading the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night.
Ryan Kessler scored the game-winning goal in the sixth round of the shootout as the Vancouver Canucks edged the Phoenix Coyotes, 2-1, at Rogers Arena.