The Vancouver Canucks will play just their second game in eight days Sunday as they meet up with the Chicago Blackhawks for the second time this season. The first game at the United Centre saw the Canucks rally with two goals in the third period to win 3-2.
A bit of a rivalry has blossomed between these two franchises. It started last year with a brawl in a game where the Canucks won 4-0. Blackhawks responded by eliminating the Canucks from the playoffs in six games. The latest punctuation in the rivalry came in the first meeting of the season between the two teams when Willie Mitchell leveled Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews. Toews ended up missing six games as a result.
The Vancouver Canucks look to build on their 3-0 shutout victory over the Northwest division leading Colorado Avalanche when they take on the 9-5-1 New York Rangers led by Henrik Lundqvist and Marian Gaborik.
Andrew Raycroft will get his 4th consecutive start as Roberto Luongo is still out with fractured ribs. It's not news that the Canucks have been hampered by injuries this season. It has gotten to the point where their AHL call ups are going down. First was Alexandre Bolduc and now Michael Grabner join the list of walking wounded. Grabner rolled his ankle during a pregame warmup before Sunday's game against Colorado. He joins Daniel Sedin, Pavol D...
With Roberto Luongo on the sidelines, Andrew Raycroft will finally make his regular season debut for the Vancouver Canucks. Truth be told he was expected to get one of the two starts regardless so nothing has changed in that regard. Raycroft will be tasked to hold the fort while Luongo is on the mend. That starts tonight as the Canucks take on the upstart Los Angeles Kings and a rejuvenated Anze Kopitar.
The Canucks had their three game winning streak snapped on Tuesday by the Detroit Red Wings. The Canucks jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on a couple of soft goals against Chris Osgood. That ended Osgood's night and effectively the Canucks were on their heels after that. The Canuck...
Not that it is of any significance and probably only proves that Canucks fan care enough to vote but Roberto Luongo has been given the honour of having the best goaltender mask in the National Hockey League. The poll was run by TSN and registered over 44,000 votes. Luongo picked up 3,920 of those votes.
The mask, featured in the image above, is a plain beige-white mask featuring the Canucks stick in rink logo on the forehead and Johnny Canuck on both sides. The number 1 also shows up on the throat protection.
The Canucks had a big void in practice as Roberto Luongo is absent with an injury. There are few details but reports indicate that Luongo will miss at least a few games. Last season Luongo missed a significant portion of the season after tearing a groin muscle in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The reports also do not mention what the injury is but speculation it is his shoulder as a result from an incident with Todd Bertuzzi in last nights 5-4 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.
Luongo recently earned his 21st shutout as a Vancouver Canucks making him the franchise leader in all categories. In fact, Luongo is the franchise leader in all goaltending categories except for Goa...
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The Toronto Maple Leafs begin a five game road trip tonight against the Vancouver Canucks. It is always a spectacle when the Leafs come out West and this time will be no different. Both teams have struggled early this season with the Canucks starting with a 4-5-0 record while the Leafs are the lone remaining winless team in the National Hockey League and have just one point.
There are plenty of story lines for this contest. Will the Leafs finally pick up their first win of the season? Will Raycroft get a chance to beat his old team? Fireworks between Gillis and Burke after the tampering issues? One's thing for certain, the media hype and craze will be in ...
Over this past summer the Vancouver Canucks did a full face lift to their dressing rooms and subsequent offices and such. Today they've released their full dressing room tour of the new facilities. The upgrade costs easily went into the millions of dollars.
Being that I've just started playing hockey so equipment is all the rage for me, and I have to put up with smelly, tiny dressing rooms.
You can also read about the facilities here.
The cornucopia of beauty that is now home to the Canucks is proof that the upgrade was done right, so much so that the organization has been drawing a lot of attention from other teams, according to Jones.
“We had a call from a guy in Otta...
Most of those who read my blogs know that I have been using twitter as a tool to spread the word about the site. And, well while Twitter may have become a little infamous in recent times for various reason, it's great for networking.
Another thing it's become good for is random ''Trending topics''. Someone sees someone post something, and they post it themselves and it get so popular that before you know it, it's all over twitter.
Today's such topic is a little bit unusual, but a lot 'o bit (pun intended) hilarious.
Kyle Wellwood, former Toronto Maple Leaf and current Vancouver Canuck, has somewhat of a reputation of being fat. I don't know why, he's only a buck eighty in the sc...
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It's feast or famine for the Canucks on their wacky schedule. After playing just 1 game in 8 days the Canucks will now play 13 games over the next 23 days. The Vancouver Canucks are back on the road and once again in the province of Alberta after a short one game stint at home against the Minnesota Wild. This time, however, the Canucks are in the provincial city of Edmonton to take on the Oilers for the first time this year. Vancouver has yet to win a game on the road in this young season but will look to change things around on Monday.
The Canucks are coming off a nail biting 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild Saturday night. It was a game that was dominated by t...
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The Calgary Flames drew first blood in the battle between two of the fiercest rivals in the National Hockey League. The Vancouver Canucks will look to return the favour Friday night but will need to do so with a roster that has been hit by a couple of serious injuries.
That Canucks are playing their first game in five days after outlasting the Dallas Stars in a shootout Sunday night. Vancouver held the lead on to separate occasions in that game but Dallas managed to respond each time, including a late third period goal by Jamie Benn to send the game to overtime. Kyle Wellwood and Ryan Kesler both scored in the shootout and Roberto Luongo stopped Brad Richards an...