December 3rd, 2010
Canucks at Blackhawks
Puck Drop 5:30 pacific time at United Center in Chicago
Canucks: 13-7-3, 29 points. (1st in Northwest Division)
Blackhawks: 14-11-2, 30 points. (2nd in Central Division)
Canucks Statistic Leaders:
Goals: D. Sedin (14)
Assists:H. Sedin (27)
Points: H. Sedin (29)
PIM: R.Rypien (31)
SV %:C. Schneider (.936%)
g.a.g.:C. Schneider (2.08)
Wins:R. Luongo (10)
Chicago Statistic Leaders:
Goals:P. Sharp (16)
Assists:P. Kane (16)
Three Stars: 1) Mason Raymond 3 goals, 1 assist, 4 points.
2) Jeff Tambellini 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points.
3) Henrik Sedin. 2 assists, 2 points. Won 69% of his faceoffs.
Mason Raymond had three goals, his second career hat trick in a 7-2 thrashing of the Calgary Flames Wednesday night, and the Canucks won their third straight game.
Not only was it a third straight win, it was a second straight dominant win. Four nights ago, the Canucks blasted the Sharks 6-1; tonight, it was the Flames turn to feel the burn.
Alex Burrows scored for the third straight game, Jeff Tambellini for the second straight, and Dan Hamhuis and Daniel Sedin...
Vancouver Canucks: 12-7-3, 27 points. (second in NW division, 6th in Western Conference)
Goal Leader: Daniel Sedin, 13 goals
Points Leader: Henrik, Daniel Sedin: 27 points.
Wins Leader: Roberto Luongo: 9 wins.
Calgary Flames: 10-12-2, 22 points. (4th in NW Division, 14th in Western Conference)
Goal Leader: Rene Bourque: 11 goals
Points Leader: Alex Tanguay: 21 points.
Wins Leader: Mikka Kiprusoff: 9 wins.
The Canucks will renew a rivalry tonight when they pay a visit to the struggling Calgary Flames Wednesday night.
The Canucks are currently on a two game win streak after posting wins in San Jose and Colorado.
The Vancouver squad should be well rested as they haven't p...
The Canucks exorcised some demons friday night, absolutley dominating the San Jose Sharks 6 to 1.
It was a nice change of pace for the Canucks, who had struggled mightily against Joe Thornton's squad, going 2-9-2 in their last 11 against them.
It was a different story tonight.
The top three lines all generated goals, with Alex Burrows, Mikael Samuelsson twice, Jeff Tambellini, and Raffi Torres tickling the twine. Keith Ballard, in what had to be his best game of the season, had the other goal. The Canucks started strongly, with Tambellini depositing his third of the season past Antii Neimi only nine minutes into the game.
The Sharks simply didn't have their "A" game tonight,...
2010-11 has been a tough season for Rick Rypien. Of course by tough, I mean mind boggling.
In case you haven't heard, Rick the Ripper has been granted a personal leave of absence by the Canucks to deal with a "personal matter". Thats just about as much information as they're going to release at this time. Whether he still hasn't gotten over his altercation with that Minnesota fan, or there are some problems at home, its, to say the least, troubling.
The weirdest part is, this isn't the first time this has happened. Two season ago, Rypien was granted a leave of absence to, again, attend with a "personal matter." He's missed tons of games in his young career, being injury prone, but the...
If the Canucks played in a non Canadian market, hell even a non Vancouver market, many would be pleased with the team's progress so far. They are currently tied for first place in the northwest division with Colorado, Their top two forwards are producing at more than a point per game rate, their second line has shown flashes of brilliance, their third line has been praised for most of the season, and their defense is deeper than it has been in years, possibly ever. However, the Canucks still have one monkey of King Kong-esque proportions on their backs; The play of Roberto Luongo.
He came out of the gate this season running, a welcome change from his usual October doldrums. The team didn...
The saying goes two’s company three is a crowd. That sentiment couldn’t be further from the truth in regards to the Canucks third line. The current group of Manny Malhotra, Raffi Torres and Jannik Hansen was only assembled six games ago. Since then they have managed to accrue a combined total of nineteen points and eleven goals in six games.
That’s pretty impressive when you consider that originally Malhotra was believed to be over paid. Torres is a former first round pick who’s often been thought to have not reached his full potential. While Hansen has often been criticized for having no hands.
Malholtra and Torres were acquired to add toughness, grit size and strength to a t...
Vancouver face off against the Oilers in what will be the first of a two game road trip. Last night the Canucks beat the Devils 3-0 with goals from Torres, Kesler and Henrik Sedin. Luongo started the month of November on the right foot by registering his first shutout of the season.
The good news is that Alex Burrows will return to the line up after spending October on LTIR recovering from a shoulder injury. The bad news is that Vancouver’s road record isn’t quite as impressive as when playing at home. The Canucks are 0-3-1 when they play away; this is obviously an area that needs improvement.
Edmonton last played on Friday 29 October when they beat the Hawks 7-4. The Oilers young ...
Everyone gets angry from time to time it’s human nature. When Rick Rypien got into a fight on Tuesday night with Wild forward Brad Staubitz the Canuck Centre was just doing his job.
The melee that ensued directly after the on ice scuffle was a complete display of un-professionalism from the Vancouver player, who’s made a name for himself as a middleweight pugilist. Once the fight between both players was finally broken up Rypien headed towards the Canucks dressing room clearly enraged, he then took his frustrations out on a Wild fan by shoving the spectator and shouting at him. This was a sign of a player who was out of control a man who crossed the line and forgot that he was a pr...
The first week of play may not have gone to plan for a team that is believed to be a cup contender this year. After playing three games and only winning one in regulation the club needs to rectify a few problems.
One area of concern is the lack of goal scoring especially when you consider Vancouver finished the previous season with the second most potent offense in the entire league. The absence of injured winger Burrows is going to cause a hole not just to the first line but this will impact all four lines by creating a ripple affect.
The top line of the Sedin’s and Samuelsson are in fact the only unit that has actual experience of playing together. The twins and fellow compatr...