Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Canucks Bruins Stanley Cup Preview / Predictions

When the Canucks and Bruins meet in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, it will be a meeting between two storied franchises, although neither has won a Stanley Cup since 1972.  In the Canucks case, they've never won.

When the puck drops on Wednesday night, it will be the first time in over a week that the Canucks have hit the ice for a playoff game, after having watched the Bruins battle the Tampa Bay Lightning over a seven game series.  So will the Canucks be rested, or rusty?  Who has the advantage regardless of fatigue or complacency after such a long layoff?

PuckWatch breaks down the series...

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Luongo, Canucks endure bandwagon media

We're about halfway through the Conference Finals in the 2011 NHL Playoffs, and somehow Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks cannot get any respect.  Held to an especially high standard by their fans after such a strong regular season, it seems even the Vancouver and NHL media are jumping on and off the bandwagon in such a schizophrenic manner, it's no wonder the Canucks' fan base is accused of being bandwagon fans.

If the Canucks lose three in a row, anyone listening to radio call in shows can hear the familiar refrain of 'Fire Vigneault - he can never hold a lead', 'Trade Luongo, he's not a big game goaltender', or 'Trade the Sedin twins, they are not playoff performers'.  But is it the fan base that is mentally unstable, or could it be some of the Vancouver sports media and the plethora of panels of 'experts' that scrutinize the Canucks to fill air time?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ben Eager is a Boob

...and the Canucks may hope to actually see more of him.  Eager took four penalties, at least two were horrendously stupid, and caused the Canucks to tilt the rink in their favour for the balance of the evening.

Eager's antics began with an emotional display on the Sharks bench after Kevin Bieksa beat up Patrick Marleau.  His next shift on the ice, he ploughed Daniel Sedin into the boards from behind and took a penalty.  He then slew-footed Mason Raymond to earn another penalty, and after the Canucks converted on the power play to make it 4-2, the flood gates opened and Eager didn't stop.  He took two more minor penalties and a 10-minute misconduct, and also managed to score a goal and trash talk Roberto Luongo on play, which made the score 7-3.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Canucks Sharks Predictions

Well, it will be a fishy series when the Vancouver Canucks face the San Jose Sharks.  Anyone who watches the Discovery Channel will know that Orcas eat Sharks, but will the Western Conference Final unfold in the same manner?  As you likely know, the Canucks won the regular season series 3-0-1 against San Jose, but with two of the four games going to a shootout, it can hardly be described as complete ownership by Vancouver.  In fact, in two of the match-ups, San Jose recorded 48 and 46 shots.  See below for highlights of the four games.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Vancouver Canucks - Canada's Team?

As the 2011 NHL Playoffs advance, PuckWatch asks, are the Vancouver Canucks 'Canada's Team'?

No.  Here's why.

Firstly, the term 'Canada's Team' is a bit silly.  If the Yankees and Blue Jays were playing in the American League Championship Series, would the Blue Jays be 'Canada's Team'?  Maybe.  They are Canada's only Major League Baseball team.  But would Americans consider the New York Yankees 'America's Team'?  Do you actually think Boston Red Sox fans would cheer for the Yankees in that series?  Of course not!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Legwand / Edler Fluke Goal Propels Preds

It was probably the flukiest goal you'll see in quite some time, but it provided a momentum shift that the Nashville Predators needed to win Game 5 against the Vancouver Canucks.  Despite an impressive effort from Roberto Luongo and Ryan Kesler, the Canucks fell 4-3, and now lead their best of seven series three games to two.

Joel Ward was dynamite for the Predators, as was David Legwand who was the lucky recipient of the Pred's second goal, gifted by a surprised Alexander Edler.

Sedin Twins - Where 'Hart' Thou?

That's what the Vancouver Canucks and their fans are wondering.  The winners of the last two Art Ross Trophies and perhaps the winners of the last two Hart Trophies for the league's most valuable player are almost nowhere to be found.

You can speculate whether or not Daniel or Henrik or both are injured, if their game doesn't translate to the playoffs, or if they lack the heart this year, who knows.  Any one of those could be true, but it likely isn't their lack of desire.