Flying V’s Keys To A Cup Run!
The Vancouver Canucks have advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs once again, but after two consecutive Presidents’ Trophies the optimism in Vancouver could be higher heading into this year’s post-season.
Could the Canucks surprise the Western Conference and make another lengthy run towards the Stanley Cup?
If so, the reigning Northwest Division...
Here we go
The 2013 playoffs are finally here in Vancouver.
It’s been a year since the Los Angeles Kings knocked them off in the first round en route to the cup, and two years since the Boston Bruins scarred Canucks fans for life.
It truly is cup-or-bust time for a team that has rattled off a series of playoff appearances over the last decade but has advanced past the second round...
Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist to help the Vancouver Canucks lock up their fifth straight Northwest Division title with a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night.
Jannik Hansen and Zack Kassian also scored for the Canucks, who won their eighth in a row at home and are guaranteed of home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Henrik Sedin added...
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26 days ago
There's plenty of bad blood between the St. Louis Blues and the Vancouver Canucks. This has been clear for years, but was again made evident throughout Tuesday's 2-1 shootout win for the Blues. Things almost completely boiled over in the third period when David Backes was involved in a scrum in front of Vancouver's crease.
Earlier, Backes had a fight rudely interrupted...
A lot of debate boils over around UFA day and the trade deadline over the moves made by Darcy Regier. Whether you love him or hate him, Regier has been active on the trade front over the last few seasons. He hasn’t been shy about targeting and acquiring new talent for the Buffalo roster.
To offer a different perspective on how the Sabres fared with some of their recent...
Via Twitter this AM we've learned Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis has announced that Van City have recalled Niklas Jensen and Billy Sweatt.
Zack Kassian and Andrew Gordon have been re-assigned to the Chicago Wolves
With the Canucks struggling to win games this season, fans are looking for answers. They see an aging team that appears to be in decline since their near dream season in 2010-11.
The Canucks aren’t getting any younger. They have only four players on their roster under the age of 25 (Zack Kassian, Chris Tanev, Dale Weise and Tom Sestito), and none of them were Canucks draft picks...
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
This is NOT an attempt to stir up a new round of Roberto Luongo-to-Toronto rumours. Honest. Just spitballing, noodling on a scrap of paper, so everyone relax.
Just thinking, however, that nobody's fooling anybody here anymore. Vancouver, falling in the Western Conference standings, needs help at positions more than they need a backup goalie...
It’s been over a year since the Cody Hodgson for Zack Kassian trade, and I’m still not happy about it.
I have noticed that there’s an increasingly large faction on Twitter that is trying to re-write history, trying to dismiss Hodgson’s strong play from last season despite what we all saw. Nobody criticized his play before the trade, but after the trade a movement began to...
Early struggles in a truncated season
There is a slight chance you grimaced at the title of this article, and I guess you have the right to do so, but the Canucks are in an interesting position right now. Though they sit third in the Western Conference as of now, they’re only three points up on the Minnesota Wild.
I know it’s hard and seems rather ridiculous to harp on a team...
Love ‘Em & Hate ‘Em
Well that was ugly wasn’t it Canucks fans?
The reality of the NHL schedule, even at 48 games, is that there are times when the wheels will fall completely off.
You’re never as good as your best game quite like you’re never as bad as your worst.
So the Canucks, and their fans, would be well served to throw this game away completely and forget about...
Vancouver Canucks forward Zack Kassian is listed as 6’3″ 205, while Dallas Stars rookie forward Antoine Roussel is listed as 5’11″ 170. Roussel skated at Kassian full-speed and had the advantage early on, even knocking Kassian down, but once Kassian got back up he was pissed off and he went to work, just obliterating Roussel. I give Roussel some credit for going after...
The Vancouver Canucks beat the Dallas Stars last night 4-3. The fight of the night between Zack Kassian (Canucks) and Antoine Roussel (Stars) wasn't as evenly matched though. Stars rookie Roussel didn't seem to land any punches, and had his jersey covering his face pretty much the whole time. I guess you could say the Stars were 0-2 on the night. Check out the brawl...
Dallas Stars rookie Antoine Roussel can’t be serious rushing Vancouver’s Zack Kassian to instigate a brawl while wearing a visor. And you don’t even man up and throw off the helmet during the fight? So it’s fair for you to throw bombs at a guy whose face is exposed while your nose is hiding behind a wall?
Give credit to mountain man Kassian for continuing to throw bombs...
Canucks save goal of the week for bitter rivals
The Vancouver Canucks split their four games this past week with wins over the Avalanche and Blackhawks, leaning on surprise starter Roberto Luongo to backstop the team to victory.
While Roberto Luongo was earning 3rd star of the week honours, Vancouver’s offensive game quietly got the job done this week against one of the league’s...
The Best in Blue / Jan. 27-Feb.3
The Vancouver Canucks season is in full swing now, no more trailing off conversations regarding the lockout or what transpired in months past. It’s full on hockey time, and Bobby Lu looks more ready than ever.
The Canucks started last week in disappointing shootout loss fashion.
But after that heartbreaking loss to the Kings, Vancouver got some...
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All eyes will be on Kassian tonight for two reasons. One, can he continue his incredible offensive play. And two, how will he affect the Hawks much used, ârough up and cheap shot the twinsâ routine. My guess is he plays a role in both by notching one on the power-play...
The Nucks +/-
Well, we’re all done the month of January and I thought it would be alright to go through which Canucks players have stuck out and which have maybe stunk out.
This is the first and certainly not the last, the Plus/Minus of the month.
Whodda thunk it?
Zack Kassian in seven games is leading the team in goals with five. One could attribute his...
Home, Sweet, Home
The Vancouver Canucks are back at home for a quick two game home stand, which sees them play host tonight to the Colorado Avalanche tonight and the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.
Here then are my Canucks gameday tips for how to put a W in the win column tonight.
Glass Half Full
The California road trip that saw the Canucks play three games in four nights probably...
Best & Worst Nucks
It may be an unusual season in terms of length in this post-lockout world, but aside from that it’s yet another year and yet another slow start for the Vancouver Canucks.
However, unless the uncertain tangle the team is in gets unravelled mighty quick this year could be done and dusted. The middling start for the team matches the indifferent performance of...
Gooooooooal of the week!
The Vancouver Canucks scored a few spectacular goals in a furious first week of the 2013 season, but one tally especially stood out as this week’s winner.
Zack Kassian’s second goal of the season Saturday versus the Anaheim Ducks was another piece of artistry on ice from Henrik and Daniel Sedin.
Watch the magic unfold as the brothers work the puck through...
For the week of January 20-27
The Vancouver Canucks‘ first week (and a bit) of the new shortened NHL season is in the books. Entering Monday the C’s owned a record of 2-2-1 and sit near the middle of the pack in the Western Conference. The reduced number of games in this lockout-altered season means that each game matters that much more than in typical years.
If you’re a Canucks...
Shortened Season Tips
We have all been so excited that Canucks hockey is back (unless you are still bitter and ‘boycotting’ the NHL) that we haven’t really had time to analyze the season the way we usually do.
This shortened season will prove interesting regarding playoff races, which will essentially begin next month.
The Canucks still haven’t set up any deal to trade Roberto...
Love ‘ Em & Hate ‘Em
Boxscore | Recap
Hot off the heels of their first victory of the year, the Canucks did one better and stuffed the Ducks like they were foie gras.
It was easily the best game of the year for Vancouver, and fitting revenge for last weekend.
This was one of those flawless victories. I mean, Zack Kassian scored again and Jordan Schroeder picked his first...
While searching out a picture of Zack Kassian for my piece on the Canucks shootout strategy, I discovered that Zack Kassian has taken a lot of priceless photos in his short stint as a pro hockey player. He’s halfway through his second season as a pro and the internet is already full of amazingly hilarious photos of the big curly haired missing tooth beauty.
Here’s a selection...