NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the team’s longest road trip of the season — one that can be considered a resounding success. Ryan Kesler was the most noticeable he’s been in a while, and while playing alongside Henrik Sedin helps, so does six goals and three assists. Just like Kesler, Kevin Bieksa had a bit of a rough start, but he was flying for most of the road trip. Roberto Luongo was also a big difference maker.
NWSB Insider and B.C. Lions’ blogger Ben Lypka asks why today. Why is Buck Pierce NOT playing in place of the injured Travis Lulay? Keep in mind that Pierce is less than two years removed from a solid season in which he helped the Winnipeg Blue Bombers win games playing pretty ugly football. The Bombers made it to the Grey Cup in 2011 and a lot of that was due to the impact Pierce had on that team.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka weighs in with his analysis on the 2013 Canucks and what John Tortorella should do with Winger, no center Ryan Kesler. The big issue is that putting Kesler on the wing takes away one of the Canucks better face off men and likely the team’s most defensively responsible forward. Here are a few pros and cons for #17 lining up on the wing. For as good as Kesler is defensively, he’s got great offensive sense too.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka weighs in with his analysis on the 2013 underachieving Canucks players thru 6 games. Roberto Luongo, Dan Hamhuis, Ryan Kesler, Chris Higgins all make Ben’s list. All the noise that Kesler was talking about before the season about how he’s healthy and ready for a big year has proven to be nothing but a whole lot of hot air so far. He’s also a team worst -5 and has taken some pretty stupid penalties.
NWSB Insider and B.C. Lions’ blogger Ben Lypka recaps the Lions’ last contest against the Calgary Stampeders. Giving game balls to Nick Moore, Cord Parks and Tim Brown. Honourable mentions to Adam Bighill, Dante Marsh and Korey Banks on defense. Next up for the Lions is another trip to Regina, but this time it could be with Travis Lulay at the helm.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka weighs in with his analysis on the big Canucks game tonight between the Devils and Van City. Welcome back to town Cory Schneider. Also, welcome to town Jaromir Jagr. For years, Cory Schneider was an incredibly patient solider for the Vancouver Canucks. Tonight on the ice at Rogers arena he’ll face off against his friend Roberto Luongo.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka weighs in with his 5 players & reasons the Canucks swept the Flames & Oilers over the weekend. Ryan Stanton has done everything the Canucks have asked of him and was rock solid against Calgary & Edmonton. Jason Garrison. He’s done everything the Canucks have asked of him and was rock solid. John Tortorella’s coaching tactics. He got his first win. He’s off to a nice start.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka weighs in with his CHUMPS for the game 1 loss by Van City to San Jose on Thursday night. The Canucks fell 4-1 behind some solid goaltending by Roberto Luongo. Who was bad? Jannik Hansen. Recently signed a four year contract extension worth $10 million and he certainly played like a man who just got paid. Also Ryan Kesler took a pair of penalties and was a -2 on the night.
NWSB Insider and B.C. Lions’ blogger Ben Lypka recaps the Lions’ last contest against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Giving game balls to Andrew Haris, Adam Bighill and Paul McCallum. Honourable mentions to Nick Moore and Courtney Taylor on offense, while Cody Parks and Solomon Elimimian made plays on defense. Bottom line, this was the most impressive defensive showing of the year from the Lions.
Check Torts’ blood pressure Errant cell phone press conference calls aside, John Tortorella has managed to maintain his temper so far in Vancouver. But I think we all know it’s only a matter of time before he goes off (I’m thinking sometime on the seven game road trip in the middle of October). Torts hasn’t even […]
NWSB Insider and B.C. Lions’ blogger Ben Lypka recaps the Lions’ last contest against the Roughriders. Giving game balls to Dante Marsh, Paul McCallum, and Thomas Demarco. Ben loved the Lions’ latest victory. Other noteables on D. Adam Bighill was a presence as usual and Cord Parks was solid in the secondary. And on ST’s. Tim Brown was also strong for the entire game, averaging 20 yards per kickoff return and almost 10 yards per punt.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Ben Lypka details why the 2013-14 NHL season is a mak-or-break year for Jordan Schroeder. With Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler taking up the top two centre positions, the logical place to slot Schroeder in is as a third line centre, but even that seems a little up in the air. To top it all off, Schroeder is coming off of shoulder surgery. This year is basically Schroeder’s last chance…right?