The Flying V’s own Kevin Vanstone is back with a new feature counting down the wins to lifting Lord Stanley’s mug for the Vancouver Canucks. While they now sit 1 game down to the Los Angeles Kings in the West Quarterfinal, Kevin says they are NOT on track to winning hockey’s holy grail. Things could change though after Game 2. Will Daniel Sedin be back to partner with brother Henrik Sedin? Byron Bitz will be out.
It’s Christmas eve in every hockey fan’s home as the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs are set to begin Wednesday. Here in Vancouver, we just want a Cup. Vancouver Canucks have a lot to be excited about going into their first round matchup with the Los Angeles Kings but in Game 1, one of our Canucks insiders Josh Hall tells us it’s especially key to set the tone early…or else. Roberto Luongo your under the microscope.
Canucks insider Kevin Vanstone breaks down the Game 76 matchup between the L.A. Kings vs. Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks played another tight-checking playoff style game against the Kings on Monday. Manny Malhotra opened the scoring for the Canucks only three minutes into the first period on Monday, ripping a wrist shot over the shoulder of Jonathan Quick.
Our man Kevin V. is back with another edition of the Vancouver Canucks Notebook. Roberto Luongo is clearly capable of stealing points for his team here and there. David Booth returned to action Sunday against Anaheim but did little to inspire his team in a disappointing 4-2 loss to the Ducks. Sami Salo is progressing steadily under the NHL’s concussion protocol. Chris Tanev got called up this week.
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.
Josh Hall one of our Vancouver Canucks bloggers is back with his Tuesday L.A. Kings vs. Vancouver Canucks matchup preview. 7:00 p.m. PT, on Rogers Sportsnet. Ryan Kesler now has something to prove after a media fiasco. Dale Weise on the 4th line, and Manny Malhotra are playing for their jobs with a rumor George Parros could be on his way. David Booth returned Sunday as well.
Canucks insider Kevin Vanstone breaks down the Game 39 matchup between the Vancouver Canucks vs. Los Angeles Kings. A 4-1 L.A. win. The Canucks were primed to take control of Saturday’s game with a 4-minute power play. But the Kings came up with a huge penalty kill and their biggest win under Darryl Sutter. Mike Richards, Anze Kopitar scored back to back goals to take the lead Roberto Luongo took the loss.
Canucks insider Kevin Vanstone breaks down the Game 16 matchup between the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings. The Canucks must bring a full 60 minute effort tonight in Anaheim after an easy go in Los Angeles. Aaron Rome capped off an all-Canucks first period with his fourth NHL goal. Roberto Luongo was in net for the win.