Richard Hodges previews the Colorado Avalanche vs. Vancouver Canucks Jan. 30 matchup. The Canucks started their California swing well, but the effort levels were maddingly inconsistent in losses to the Sharks and Kings. In net tonight will be Roberto Luongo. Injured. Ryan Kesler and David Booth are still hunting popcorn in the pressbox. Richard predicts a nice cleansing home win. 4-2 Canucks. We all go home happy.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck reports today that the Canucks goalie in the wings, Eddie Lack, has had successful hip surgery and will miss the remainder of the season. Will this effect a Luongo trade? Maybe, maybe not. If true, it could mean that the Canucks can send Lack back to the American Hockey League without losing him on waivers, and if Roberto Luongo isn’t traded, this could work well in their favor.
NWSB Betting insider Dave B has his free NHL Betting Odds & Picks on the Colorado Avalanche vs. Vancouver Canucks Wednesday night matchup. The Canucks are -162 home favourites. The over/under is set at 5.5. Dave likes the home team in this one. Dave says the Avs may be just what the Nucks need to kick start their season going forward. Zack Kassian continues to play well on Vancouver’s top line with Daniel Sedin + Henrik Sedin.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Brett Bivens predicts which players from the current roster will not be around for the 2013 season. Matt Flynn, Marcus Trufont, Leroy Hill, Ben Obomanu and Charly Martin are all possibilities. Roster change is something that every professional sports team has to deal with, but with the Hawks having Super Bowl aspirations, it appears that moves are imminent.
NWSB Blogger and NBA insider Steve Lee breaks down what the NBA’s most prominent Northwest Hoops Stars have been up to over the last 30 days and hands out some grades. Llet’s take a quick look as to how players such as Steve Nash, Jamal Crawford, Brandon Roy, Aaron Brooks, Avery Bradley, Jason Terry, and Nate Robinson have been doing in 2013. It is not too late for the hometown boys to improve on their grades, but some extra credit work is much needed.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Bryan McFarlane weighs in with his Nucks three stars post. Here are the few noteworthy performers from January 22 – January 29th during the Canucks 2013 campaign. Cory Schneider, Mason Raymond and Zack Kassian make Bryan’s list. Kassian registered three goals during last week to go along with a handful of great hits and a few fights.
NWSB Insider and Washington State Cougars basketball blogger Jordin Ereth talks about the month of January for the Cougars. The games have been intense, stressful, competitive, and all of the other anxiety-producing emotions under the sun. Yet the Cougars have not come out victoriously very often. The Cougars are coming off of a nail-biting win over Oregon State. Hopefully this will boost Brock Motom, DaVonte Lacy, and Mike Ladd to greater heights.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson gives you his top five performers for the Seattle Seahawks this year. To say the Seattle Seahawks had a somewhat surprising season in 2012 would be an understatement. While they did come into the new year with a youthful roster that was built on potential, many believed the Seahawks would be a middle-of-the-pack 7-9, 8-8, or 9-7 team. Russell Wilson, Earl Thomas, Bobby Wagner, Marshawn Lynch & Richard Sherman make the grade.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson gives us his takeaway from the Mariners’ recent Fanfest. The Seattle Mariners opened up Safeco field over the weekend to 18,000 loyal fans. I don’t understand most of what the Mariners are doing this off season, to be honest, but I do see that there are a bunch of guys on that team that truly believe that they have what it takes to be something special.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Jan. 29 matchup against the Dallas Mavericks. The first time these two teams faced off, Dallas took advantage of an ugly fourth quarter by the Blazers. Portland is 15-1 on the year when they take a lead into the fourth quarter. This is going to be a battle between two good offenses and two bad defenses. The key matchup is going to be between Dirk Nowitzki and LaMarcus Aldridge.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the loss on Monday night to the LA Kings. Richard says the Canucks have a reputation for diving, which is weird because they don’t have either Anze Kopitar or Dustin Brown. Why’d Van City lose? Aside from Alex Edler’s two goals in the first two games, he and Jason Garrison have been black holes of offence.