Found March 10, 2013 on NorthWest Sports Beat:
Boston_bruins_v_eab1
Few bright spots in underwhelming week It was a very disappointing week for the Vancouver Canucks, and certainly for their legion of fans. The team dropped two of three games, and to teams they really, really should beat. The lone bright spot was a home victory over the defending champion L.A. Kings. It’s always a great feeling to beat the team that ended your season a year ago. The losses to Phoenix and Calgary were tough to swallow as a fan. The Coyotes are having a decent year, but they really pose no threat down the stretch. And the Flames are very mediocre and should not beat a top-tier team like the Canucks. The boys seem to be pulling their old ‘play to the level of your competition routine again. Let’s hope they can snap out of it and just play up to their own capabilities, which are among the best in the league. Jannik Hansen earns top honors this week. (Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck) In the meantime, here’s a look at the Canucks’ top performers from the week of Feb. 25 to March 4. Third Star – Chris Higgins Chris Higgins is one of my favourite Canucks. He is a hustle guy who skates hard and has a great shot when called upon. He is quiet, like many of the ‘Nucks, and he does his job. He’s one of a handful of talented Americans on the roster, often part an all-American front ice trio. Higgins registered three points, including two goals, in last week’s action. Second Star – Henrik Sedin The twins took some time to heat up this year, which was understandable for most players following the lengthy off-season. But Hank and Dank got the ball rolling, and started piling up the points, to every fan’s delight. The captain continued his solid play last week—albeit during a very uninspiring week for the team as a whole. Henrik tallied a goal and three assists in last week’s three games. First Star – Jannik Hansen This guy can flat out fly. That’s one of a few reasons he is one of my other fave Canucks. Hansen, like the Sedins, has revved up his contributions on the stat sheet lately. The great Dane (could be a new nickname?) posted a solid week of work for the Canucks with a balanced attack of two goals and two helpers. His speed is undoubtedly one of the reasons he scores some pretty goals, but he has also improved his hands greatly over the past couple of seasons to make himself a scoring threat and not just a speedy decoy. It’s obvious to hope he continues his solid play in pushing forward for the playoff run, but I really hope he keeps up his hot streak for the sheer entertainment value. Last week’s goal of the week comes courtesy of Daniel Sedin: Let’s all cross our fingers for some more successful outings in the near future for the boys in blue. Go ‘Nucks! CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE CANUCKS CLUBHOUSE TODAY AT NWSPORTSBEAT!
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Vancouver Canucks Sued by Italian Sports Psychologist Hired After Stanley Cup Loss to Bruins

It has been said that the Bruins got inside Roberto Luongo‘s head during the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. It appears that to some extent, one of the owners of the Vancouver Canucks agrees — and those mind games are now headed to the courts. According to Italian sports psychologist Bruno Demichelis, Canucks co-owner Francesco Aquilini hired him away from soccer club Chelsea after...

What’s wrong with this team?

The Canucks are officially at the halfway mark of this lockout shortened season and something is clearly wrong with this team. This doesn’t resemble the team that won two straight President’s Trophies. Something is missing from the 2010-11 team that showed so much moxie, so much swagger, and more importantly, so much talent until it all fell apart in the Stanley Cup Final. So...

ICYMI Canucks lose another! This time to the Wild

Waving the White Towel Yikes. After all these underwhelming games, the Canucks blew another chance to right the ship and take two points out a hockey game. Instead, the Minnesota debacle felt almost like the culmination of the creeping habits that had been plaguing the Canucks. Halfway through the year the Canucks are struggling to find their identity on the ice and now find themselves...

Brad Ratgen: Canucks Limp Into St. Paul Tonight. Game Day Preview: Vancouver in Minny

The Vancouver Canucks come limping into St. Paul tonight, losers in their last 3 games (one in regulation, one in overtime and one in a shootout) and losers in their last 5 out of 6 (the other two losses both in regulation). In their last ten games, they have gone 3-3-4. To make matters worse, most recently, they lost to Columbus in overtime. These recent losses have helped bring...

Canucks vs. Minnesota Wild Game 24 notes, prediction & tweets!

Here we go again… It’s yet another chance for the Vancouver Canucks to right the ship heading into March’s crunch, as the beleaguered club has won just three of its last 11. Thankfully, tonight’s matchup features a Northwest division rival that the Canucks have dominated in the recent past. They’ll need another win tonight to keep the Wild from knocking on the door of a...

Ian Esplen: Drafting out of the Dub

Follow me on twitter @IanEsplen to chat hockey, sports and life in general anytime Hopefully this works, but this is a table of the Vancouver Canucks selections during the Mike Gillis era. Sorry about the scroll down space, but it's worth a lookover. The has been much debate during the Gillis era about why Vancouver does not draft more "home grown" players...

Canucks-Wild Preview

The Vancouver Canucks' recent struggles have allowed the Minnesota Wild to tighten the Northwest Division race. A three-game homestand may be just what the Wild need to overtake the Canucks. The Wild look to continue their impressive play at home Sunday night and pull even with the division-leading Canucks by sending them to their sixth loss in seven games. Vancouver (11-6...

Parise's big night powers Wild to 4-2 win over Canucks

  In a sick, twisted way, I love Vancouver Canucks fans.  There is no other fanbase in hockey that is this manic.  Not even Toronto or Montreal fans are this crazy.  See, at least in those two cities, that fans have reasons to be as off-kilter as they are.  They have the storied history,  and the Stanley Cups to match it.  Vancouver, not so much.  Canucks fans live in...

Ian Esplen: LINDY! LINDY! LINDY! LINDY!

b>Follow me on twitter @IanEsplen to chat hockey, sports and life in general anytime Another day, another game and another performance that was not very Vancouver Canucks like. I thought about writing a recap of the game, but I'll leave that to Brad. Instead, today I'd like to compare the roster of the team that went to the final to the team that played...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.