Richard Hodges previews the Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vancouver Canucks Feb 1 matchup. The quad force of Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, and Jonathan Toews has 32 points already this season. An easy game this will not be. Duncan Keith’s elbow on Daniel Sedin was the death of the 2011 – 2012 Vancouver Canucks. There will be payback tonight. Hopefully Zack Kassian introduces himself to the faces of many a Hawk.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Feb. 1 matchup against the Utah Jazz. Portland is coming off an emotional comback win against the Dallas Mavericks, and they’ll need to keep momentum going if they hope to make the postseason. LaMarcus Aldridge will be matched up against both Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap in this one. Whichever player he is facing will be the other half of the game’s key matchup.
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.
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.
Richard Hodges previews the Vancouver Canucks vs. LA Kings Jan. 28 matchup. Most likely in net tonight will be Roberto Luongo. Lu has lost 4 of his last 6 regular-season starts in Los Angeles with a 3.68 GAA. Cory Schneider has started the last three games, making 30 saves in Friday’s 5-0 win at Anaheim to open this trip. The return of Manny Malhotra should also help with face-offs, where the Canucks were absolutely brutal last night.
Richard Hodges previews the Vancouver Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks Jan. 27 matchup. The Canucks are in tough in the next 48 hours with back-to-back games against the West leading Sharks and the Stanley Cup champs LA Kings. It’s gutcheck time he says. Jason Garrison might recognize former teammate and Shark Matt Irwin from their time on the Nanaimo Clippers. For all the talk of Patrick Marleau, let’s not forget Mason Raymond is also coming off a two goal game.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Jan. 27 matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers. These two teams faced off at the Rose Garden just 24 hours prior to their matchup in L.A. Rip CIty won the game the first time around, but in the second of a tough home-and-home series, the Clippers and their home-court advantage will be tough to take down. The key matchup belongs to Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge.
Richard Hodges previews the Vancouver Canucks vs. Anaheim Ducks Jan. 25 matchup. The key notes from Richard tonight. Manny Malhotra is celebrating the birth of a baby boy last night in Vancouver and will miss the game. Andrew Ebbett will replace him and Manny will back for Sunday’s tilt against the Sharks. Henrik Sedin ties Stan Smyl for second all-time on the Canucks’ games played list at 896.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Jan. 26 matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers. Portland is coming off a big win against the Indiana Pacers, but things aren’t getting any easier. This game is the first of a back-t-back against the Clippers, and defense will be a priority in both contests. The key matchup in this one is featuring Damian Lillard and Chris Paul. Paul is day-to-day at this point, so Eric Bledsoe may be taking his place.
Richard Hodges previews the Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks Jan. 23 matchup. The key matchup Richard is watching is between the pair of first-round rookies in Jordan Schroeder and Sven Baertschi. Schroeder got the call up earlier this week after an impressive Canucks camp, and looks to finally have a chance to prove himself at the NHL level. The Canucks will go back to Cory Schneider, he of the 11.11 GAA and .643 sv pct.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Jan. 23 matchup with the Indiana Pacers. The Blazers are in the midst of their longest losing streak of the season, and they’re facing an Indiana team that has defeated its last five West Coast opponents, including the Memphis Grizzlies twice. The key matchup can be found at the small forward position between Paul George and Nicolas Batum. Damian Lillard and Danny Granger are questionable.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ Jan. 15 matchup against the Denver Nuggets. The Blazers are playing one of the best home teams in the NBA, but it will be the final game of a tough four-game stretch. The key matchup in this one is going to be between Nicolas Batum and Danilo Gallinari. Batum won the matchup the first time around, but he’s on the road this time where he averages more than five points less per contest.