Richard Hodges previews the Vancouver Canucks vs. Detroit Red Wings Feb 24 matchup. Richard says David Booth didn’t practice yesterday and might not play tonight due to illness, which might give Zack Kassian a chance to get back beside Ryan Kesler. Roberto Luongo will get the start as the Vezina buzz begins for the beleaguered backup. The Canucks will not have Kevin Bieksa. He’s out with a groin injury
NWSB Insider and Washington State Cougars basketball blogger Jordin Ereth discusses how WSU head coach Ken Bone is on the hot seat as the 2012-13 season starts to wind down. Bone has brought in recruits such as Reggie Moore, DaVonte Lacy and junior college transfers Mike Ladd and Faisal Aden, but production has been mediocre at best. With talent coming in next season, the team could show improvement. The question is, will Bone be around to see it?
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ Feb. 24 matchup against the Boston Celtics. The Blazers have lost eight straight games, and coming off a heart-breaking loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, they need a statement win at this point in ths season. The key matchup is going to be between LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Garnett, as there’s almost always bad blood when these two meet up.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger pours his heart out over the new megadeal between the Mariners and ace Felix Hernandez. The deal goes far beyond dollars and years. It speaks volumes to the Seattle Mariners for being committed to Felix Hernandez as well as giving Hernandez a reward for his loyalty to this team, this city, and the fans. Loyatly in sports may not be gone after all.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Sounders writer Clinton Bell brings us his 5 fearless predictions for the upcoming Seattle Sounders FC 2013 season. Clinton thinks that once Eddie Johnson is up top all alone, the goals will start coming, and that will make the loan of Freddy Montero to Millonarios that much easier for the fans. Also, a top eight spot in the CCL, a return to form in the Cascadia Cup, a changing of the guard out west, and the importance of adding Sharlie Joseph to this years squad, even if it meant losing an important DP role.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ Feb. 22 matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers. Staples Center has been a tough place to play for the Blazers throughout the years, and that’s not expected to change at this point in the losing streak. The key matchup is going to be between Damian Lillard and Steve Nash. Wesley Matthews is questionable, while Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill are out.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the win versus the Dallas Stars. Richard points out you had to love Jason Garrison’s goal where he took a quick shot that devastated Antoine Roussel and allowed him to tee up a blast from the point like he was at the driving range. Also It was plainly obvious on the Stars’ third goal that Ryan Kesler is not yet back to Selke calibre.
Richard Hodges previews the Vancouver Canucks vs. Dallas Stars Feb 22 matchup. Richard predicts Dale Weise drops the gloves with someone, Alex Edler bombs one home on the point and Alain Vigneault is disappointed with Vern Fiddler’s new knock-knock joke. For Dallas, Kari Lehtonen is still battling the groin injury he picked up last week.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the overtime loss against the Chicago Blackhawks. Richard points out Patrick Kane did it again, figuring out that the only way to beat a red hot Cory Schneider in the shootout was to trick him into putting the puck into his own net.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers writer Rick Stella gives us his weekly Rick’s Picks, naming the All-Star performances showcased in Rip City. LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard earn All-Star recognition for their performance against the Miami Heat, while Lillard earns double recognition for his time at All-Star Weekend. Reaching away from the Blazers, but staying true to the Pacific Northwest, Portland native and former Washington Husky earns Dunk of the Week for his showing in the Dunk Contest.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone says the Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks played to an entertaining and hard-fought 4-3 shootout final on Tuesday, but Jannik Hansen’s hit to the head of Marian Hossa was what had fans talking after the latest rivalry instalment. Regardless of any decision pending from the NHL, the rivalry between the Canucks and Blackhawks cranked up another notch on Tuesday.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Steve Lee breaks his best of the best of the NBA All-Star performances from the Blazers history. As the past weekend showed us all, the Blazers weren’t highly publicized during the festivities. That’s okay though, Steve has brought us the days of yore, back when the Blazers were relevant in the NBA world.