NWSB Canucks writer Josh Hall says the panic button remains in a distant land…kind of like how the Vancouver Canucks remain atop the Northwest Division and 3rd place in the Western Conference. Cory Schneider didn’t have his best game but there were signs that the needed meshing is taking place at this vital time of the season. What do the next 14 days hold? This team can do better and has proven that so there should be no doubt a deep playoff run remains a possibility.
Richard Hodges previews the Colorado Avalanche vs. Vancouver Canucks March 28th matchup. Richard says It’s looking like another couple of weeks for Dale Weise now, but Steve Pinizzotto should draw back into the line-up tonight, which could end the Keith Ballard experiment at forward. He goes onto say the Canucks and Cory Schneider are going streaking. Both have been red-hot over the past five games.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck brings us up to speed on the storylines involving the Canucks and the upcoming NHL trade deadline. He says when you’re a nose hair away from the half way mark of the season and you’re having these issues it may be time to look inward and see what needs to be done in order to succeed and not just get by. When do you make a move he asks. Chris Higgins, Mason Raymond, Roberto Luongo, we wait…
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the win on Wednesday night over the Avalanche. Richard says we’re going to turn this into a goaltending controversy. Roberto Luongo vs. Cory Schneider is going to make a major distraction. There’s going to be a lot of uncertainty until this is settled. What exactly do Alain Vigneault and Mike Gillis have up their sleeves? We’ll know eventually.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck brings us up to speed on the storylines he’s watching for and delivers his winning game-day tips for the Avalanche vs. Canucks game tonight. He expects the special teams to get running, to win the defensive battles and for Van City to score early and often. Jason Garrison hasn’t been able to hit the net, Alex Edler has struggled periodically. They must be better tonight. “Bring their A Games!”
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 C-Mac is back inside from laying out in the Victoria sunshine. Teachers and their summers off. He weighs in on the Canucks prospect Nicklas Jensen discussing the possibility of foregoing his last year of major junior eligibility with the Oshawa Generals in order to play a season in the Swedish Elite League should he not make the Canucks roster for the 2012/13 season.
NWSB insider C-Mac brings us a Northwest Coaching Profile on past Vancouver Canucks head coach and general manager Marc Crawford. A former Canucks draft pick and then a Coach. Cool story. Crow was selected 70th overall in the 4th round by the Vancouver Canucks, and promptly made it to the NHL the very next year in the 1981-82 season. After seven years, Crow was finished in 2006 coaching VanCity.
Dave B. Profiles one of the classiest hockey players of all time, Joe Sakic. The Burnaby born and bred sniper played 20 seasons and now has his number retired by the Colorado Avalanche, the organization he spent his entire career with, including the first few with the Quebec Nordiques. He remains part of the NHL landscape today as Executive Advisor and Alternate Governor for the Avs.
Dave B. does another Northwest Athlete profile on one of the most prolific NHL’ers to ever come from these parts, Paul Kariya. Kariya played the majority of his career with the Anaheim Ducks where he once held all the franchise points records, but his career was cut short due to numerous injuries, namely concussions.
NWSB Blogger Dave B. checks in this time with a Northwest Athlete Profile on Colorado Avalanche defenseman Stephan Elliot. He had his NHL debut on November 25th 2011 – he would score his first NHL goals a day later against Devan Dubnyk of the Edmonton Oilers. He continues to be a bright future star on the Colorado Avalanche roster.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges weighs in with an update on the Canucks farm team in the AHL the Chicago Wolves. Van City hired ex-Oilers coach Craig Mactavish to guide the prospects, we update you on Eddie Lack, Bill Sweatt, Mike Duco, Steven Reinprecht, Nolan Baumgartner, Kevin Connauton, Mark Mancari and more. The bubble boys, the 2-ways, guys fighting for their cup of coffee in the NHL.