Canucks insider Kevin Vanstone breaks down the Game 56 matchup between the Phoenix Coyotes and Vancouver Canucks. A 2-1 Canucks shootout victory. The win was Byron Bitz has been a pleasant surprise on Vancouver’s top line alongside the Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin. The Canucks have struggled to ice a solid sixty minutes over their past several games.
State of the Portland Trail Blazers. Steve Lee our man with his pulse on the Trailblazers NBA Hoops beat is back with another edition of the Notebook. The February 15, 2012 edition. The next four stops on the season for Nate McMillan’s troops has the Blazers squaring off against Washington Wizards, Golden State Warriors, LA Clippers, and Jamal Crawford’s old team the Atlanta Hawks. LaMarcus Aldridge is an all-star too!
Canucks insider Kevin Vanstone breaks down the Game 55 matchup between the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames. The win was Calgary’s first at home against Vancouver since Oct. 16, 2009. The game was pushed to a shootout thanks to David Booth, who evened the game at 8:04 of the third. But just like old times, it was Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff who provided the damage.
Canucks insider Kevin Vanstone breaks down the Game 54 matchup between the Vancouver Canucks and Minnesota wild. Henrik Sedin battled through pain while brother Daniel Sedin helped the Canucks cause problems for the Wild. Henrik kept his iron man streak alive while Ryan Kesler has now scored in 5 straight games.
Canucks insider Kevin Vanstone breaks down the Game 53 matchup between the Vancouver Canucks and Nashville Predators. Mike Fisher added to his scoring spree against the Canucks. Byron Bitz had a nice game. Roberto Luongo’s acrobatic left pad save in the second period kept the game tied at three. Alexander Edler won the game with a round 6 shootout goal.
Canucks insider Kevin Vanstone breaks down the Game 52 matchup between the Vancouver Canucks and the Colorado Avalanche. The Canucks continue to get away with wins despite consistently poor performances in the middle of the regular season. Byron Bitz made a big impact in his Canucks debut Saturday afternoon. Kevin Bieksa had a great last minute of the game.
Canucks insider Kevin Vanstone breaks down the Game 51 matchup between the Detroit Red Wings and Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks brought a bland performance versus top Western Conference competition again on Thursday. We did learn however that Ryan Kesler and the Canucks can play with the best in the Western Conference especially with Roberto Luongo on form.
Canucks insider Kevin Vanstone breaks down the Game 50 matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks. After practically waving a white flag in the second period, the Canucks learned their lesson late. The sublime goaltending of Cory Schneider and the clutch passing of Daniel Sedin & Henrik Sedin won it for Van-City in overtime.
Canucks insider Kevin Vanstone breaks down the Game 49 matchup between the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks. Cody Hodgson has one of his most forgettable games of the season Tuesday against Edmonton but should have his confidence back to professional levels after a week of All-Star festivities. Henrik Sedin & Daniel Sedin had the puck on a string all night.
Vancouver Canucks hockey blogger C-Mac tells us with the 2012 NHL all star game coming up in Ottawa this weekend for the brothers Sedin, there is not much of a gain in showing up in Ottawa. Going back to the 2010 Olympics, and the 2011 NHL playoff run, Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin have played an awful lot of hockey. Alex Edler and Cody Hodgson also make the trip.
Canucks insider Kevin Vanstone breaks down the Game 48 matchup between the San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks. Cody Hodgson and Ryan Kesler showed the fans their ready to take Vancouver to another playoff Cup run. As seen on Saturday Vancouver’s depth and defensive ability will be the keys to clinching another playoff berth down the stretch. Roberto Luongo got the win. A Canucks record 212 wins.
Canucks insider Kevin Vanstone breaks down the Game 47 matchup between the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings. The Canucks came up just short in a shootout where Luongo was just outdueled. Ryan Kesler seemed frustrated while the Canucks played like they felt the same way. Robert Luongo kept this game from being an 8 goal blowout with a 1st star performance.