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It's a 1st round picks column. (also, if you read this Wednesday, be sure to join my playoff pool)(1) Vancouver Vs (8) Los Angeles KingsI really like Vancouver as a team. The Sedins are great players, as is Ryan Kesler. They have a very strong 6-7 man deep defense, and a goaltending duo that rivals any in the NHL. Vancouver was the best team all season, and a worthy winner of the President's Trophy. They are no paper tigers as their Corsi Close was a very good .530. Their defense may be the most underappreciated in the game. Hamuis, Bieksa, Salo, & Edler is a very solid unit. Havin Ballard, Grangiani & Rome rounding it out isn't so bad either. The problem is, things may have conspired against them. I think the Kings are just about the worst possible opponent for Vancouver to face, especially in their beat up state. (Daniel Sedin is hurt, which is a major blow)The Kings have been red hot since fleecing the Columbus Blue Jackets out of Jeff Carter. Since the trad...
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Daniel Sedin was a no-show at the Vancouver Canucks' workout Tuesday morning, then skated with teammates after practice.
Sedin, out with a concussion since March 21, was expected to take part in his second practice before Wednesday's first-round playoff series opener against the Los Angeles Kings.
He was injured when he took an elbow in the head from Chicago defenseman...
VANCOUVER, Canada -- Greetings from Vancouver, where only one of the Sedin twins was on the ice for the Canucks game-day skate in advance of Wednesday nights first-round playoff opener against the Kings.
Coach Alain Vigneault said afterward that Daniel Sedin, who has a concussion, won't play Wednesday. "This is a unique injury and you have to take it day by day," he...
from David Ebner of the Globe and Mail, Team management had previously - on the record, and quietly - suggested the younger of the Sedin twins would be ready for the playoffs - and indeed he appears to be, skating Monday morning with his regular blue helmet, which means he is cleared for contact and pretty much good to go.
Ahead of practice, Sedin was out only for about 10 minutes...
from the CP at TSN, Daniel Sedin was a no-show at the Vancouver Canucks practice Tuesday morning.
Sedin, out with a concussion since March 21, was expected to take part in his second practice before Wednesday’s first-round playoff series opener against the Los Angeles Kings.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger C-Mac chimes in with his thoughts on the disgrace that was game 1 of the Western conference quarter finals last night in Van City. Fun times ahead? He can't see Daniel Sedin ready to come back following some less than promising reports on post-practice headaches, so the team needs to focus on staying with five-on-five play in which they...
Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin returned to practice Monday after missing nine games with a concussion."He's 100 percent now," said twin Henrik Sedin after practice Monday.Daniel Sedin led Vancouver with 30 goals before being elbowed by Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith on March 21. Keith was suspended five games for the hit."We'll see how...
This is a perfect example why the Vancouver Canucks are one of the most hated teams in the NHL. I mean this is pathetic, there is no reason a North American Hockey player should be playing the game this way. This is not the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation, this is the NHL, the best hockey league in the world.
I want to be clear, diving in hockey to draw a penalty is poor sportsmanship...
The Los Angeles Kings got the first, second and last laughs on Wednesday night, topping the Canucks 4-2 in Game 1 of their playoff series. First, it was a Habs-esque embellishment by Ryan Kesler in the third period, tied 2-2, that would make even the softest soccer fan cringe. Then, during the closing seconds, it was Mike Richards (who had a goal and two assists) cleaning out Boston...
Vancouver Canucks (1) vs. Los Angeles Kings (8)
Season Series: Vancouver: 2-1-1; Los Angeles: 2-2-0
Vancouver, MarchApril: 11-5-1
Los Angeles, MarchApril: 11-4-3
Outlook: Daniel Sedin's concussion casts a question mark on this series, though the Canucks are more than deep enough to handle their star winger's absence and finished 8-1 after Duncan Keith's elbow took him...
Playoffs start tonight and here are my picks for the first round.
Vancouver vs LA
Homerism will prevail here no matter what but this series comes down to two elements: can Vancouver's defesne withstand the pounding the large LA forwards will deliver and can Quick win the games for LA while they continue to figure out how to score?
Intangibles: Daniel Sedin, Jeff Carter...
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province, It’s all over twitter. It’s the talk of talk radio. We did a Google search of “hate Vancouver Canucks,” on Thursday and got 589,000 results.
I mean you almost expected to pick up the Globe and Mail and read a 64-point header: “Barney the Dinosaur says: ‘I hate the Canucks, too.’ ”
Never mind that Angus Reid published a survey...
Can we just get going already…
It’s been a long hard road, but we’ve finally arrived at Game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. If you’ve been around since Game 1 of the regular season, good for you. You are officially a better person than any kind of bandwagoner.
It would be quite a shame to let the journey so far go to waste, so the Canucks better do the 5 things I’m...
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province, Is Luongo a playoff goalie? At times. There was the 54 saves against the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 last year. There was the overtime stop in Game 7 of Round 1 off of Patrick Sharp. There were two shutouts in the Stanley Cup finals.
There was also the six goals he gave up to Chicago in Game 4, the eight goals he gave up to Boston in...
All The Kings’ Men
It took 10 long months but the Canucks were finally back in the playoffs Wednesday night and yet neither the fans nor the Canucks seemed quite ready. With tickets sold for less than face value both online and outside Rogers’ Arena prior to puck drop, the Canucks themselves turned in a performance that was also less than face value.
The Canucks simply never...
LA KINGS 40-27-1595 pts, 8th in Western Conference, 13th in NHLvsVANCOUVER CANUCKS51-22-9111 pts, 1st in Western Conference, 1st in NHL
Regular Season Series Tied 2-2
7:30pm, Rogers ArenaVancouver, BCKCOP 13NBC SN
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