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Vancouver Canucks Face-Off Against Blue Jackets: Make or Break Game?

While it would be silly to call Tuesday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets a must win, one has got to think that it does carry some weight for the Canucks as they move forward. It would be terrible to have gone on a nice little run of 4 straight wins only to lose to the worst team in the NHL. Imagine the psychological effects on the team. Looking at this game, it’s becoming pretty evident that this could be a turning point for the Vancouver Canucks. Let’s take a look at the different scenarios.

If the Canucks were to lose on Tuesday, it would reset everything back to ground zero. All of the good things that the team has done over the past 4 games would b...

Thankfully You're a Sharks Fan

As Sharks fans, we all have a lot to be thankful for. I mean, we could be Islanders or Blue Jackets fans, so already we're pretty happy. And Sharks fans are lucky to be treated to a quality on ice performance night after night, plus a management that is committed to winning and has shown it. As an organization, the Sharks themselves have much to be thankful for as well: 1. Captain Joe Thornton -  Personally, i wouldn't want anybody else captaining the Sharks. Thornton has shown that he wants nothing more than to win, and to win in San Jose. He is committed to this team, he is committed to winning, and he is committed to being the best player on the ice every night. The Sharks...

Canucks vs. Blackhawks: Game Preview + Random Thought

It was last year that the Canucks took on the Blackhawks, got blown out and then turned the season around.  I suppose that fans are hoping for something similar to come out of tonight’s tilt.

It is the first game of the season for the bitter rivals and it is shaping up to be a good one.  Here are my pre-game notes.

- The Blackhawks have been playing some really good hockey lately.  With an 8-2-3 record that is good enough for second in the conference, you can bet that the Canucks are going to be in for a challenging night.

- The Hawks are winning despite Jonathan Toews being really quiet this season.  Many were calling for him to take the next s...

Flyers Look to Rebound against Jackets

For one of the first times in NHL history, one of the Columbus Blue Jackets road games was circled on the schedule by opposing fans.

Jeff Carter was slated to return to Philadelphia following an offseason that saw him traded in a shocking manner. He returns tonight, but he'll watch from afar like the fans who bought their tickets when the schedule was released.

Six Games In

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Instead of writing some game recaps, I decided to give my take on some players that are playing well, some that aren't, and some keys to winning games.

 

 

Looking Good:

 

Michal Handzus – This guy might be the prototypical 3rd line center that every team needs. Remember Malhotra? Handzus is the bottom six player the Sharks needed last year, and he has not disappointed. Defensively he is really good, he is always above 50% in the...

Blue Jackets Remain Winless in October

Will they make the playoffs or not? That was the question surrounding the Blue Jacket's before the NHL season began for them on October 7th. Since then, the only question is, will they win a game in October? The Blue Jackets, currently 0-7-1, are last in the NHL and are not looking to catch up any time soon.

 

Moving on from this week, they only have four remaining games in the month of October. The opponents are not going to get much easier than the 2-5-0 Ottawa Senators that the Jackets lost to with 36 seconds remaining in the game on Saturday (no seriously, one goal lead w...

Carter and Prospal Impress in Blue Jackets Debut

It didn't take long for center Jeff Carter and line-mate Vinny Prospal to make their presence felt to a sell out 18,247 crowd in Nationwide Arena.

 

The Blue Jackets opened up at home last night to a 2-3 loss to the Nashville Predators, with Carter beginning his Blue Jackets career tallying two assists, earning him the second player of the game. It was more than just the two assists though, he showed dominance on the ice, commanded his line well, and showed Columbus he would not hesitate about throwing the puck to the net.

 

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Western Conference Predictions

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Before the season begins, i thought I'd take a stab at predicting where each team will fall in the 2011-12 season. So, without further ado:

 

Vancouver Canucks – They might have a slow start coming out of the gate, as two of their top six players in Kesler and Raymond are out to start the season, but this is still a darn good hockey team. The Canucks will be icing basically the same roster as they did last season, minus Christian Ehrhoff, and I do not see any reason why they won&#...

Proposal Keeps Blue Jackets in Columbus

It was just one month ago that we discussed the troubles the Blue Jackets were having with their current leasing deal with Nationwide Arena, and the possibility of the team having to relocate to another city.  John Rosenberger, a Columbus attorney, was handed the responsibility to create a proposal that would keep the Blue Jackets in Columbus and consider a public purchase of Nationwide Arena at the end of the 2008-2009 Blue Jackets season.

"After completing nearly two years of in-depth analysis and due-diligence, we are ready to make our recommendations to city and county officials for a financial plan built on a public and private partnership," Rosenberger rele...

A Look At the Defense on the Island

There had been talk since the start of free agency that the Islanders were going to look to add a top six forward as well as a top four defenseman. So far, General Manager Garth Snow has traded Trent Hunter to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for veteran winger, Brian Rolston. It was seen as mostly a cap floor move as his salary brings them closer to that goal, but he also will provide veteran leadership, a booming slap-shot and a top-six presence as long as he stays healthy.

But the defenseman has yet to be found.

The Islanders went into the off-season with six defenseman already under contract with Mark Streit, Andy MacDonald, Travis Hamonic, Mark Eaton, Mike Mottau and Mil...