NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges brings us a very important article today. He’s asking the question nobody in Vancouver seems to want to answer. Why are there so many Italians walking into Rogers Arena these days and finding their names on the roster of the Vancouver Canucks? Frank Corrado, Ben Ferriero. Brandon DeFazio. Mike Santorelli. Even the retention of Roberto Luongo. Last year we had Steve Pinizzotto, and Aaron Volpatti as well. Viva Italia!
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.
Richard Hodges previews the St. Louis Blues vs. Vancouver Canucks March 19th matchup. Richard says the Blues will get a boost tonight when Andy McDonald returns after missing four games. Exactly what the Canucks didn’t want to hear. Yes, the Canucks are in a tailspin, having lost 11 of their last 16. Last time these two met you may remember Jake Allen’s beautiful save off Alex Burrows in overtime. Season turning point? Who knows.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges give you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from Vancouver’s win over the Nashville Predators Thursday night. Richard points out it really is the year of the honey badger for the Vancouver Canucks, as Jannik Hansen has enjoyed a tenacious breakout year. What will Coach Alain Vigneault do with Andrew Ebbett moving forward?
Richard Hodges previews the Nashville Predators vs. Vancouver Canucks March 14th matchup. Richard says the Canucks are back in town, which means the traditional first game home trap is in play tonight. The Preds will miss Paul Gaustad, Colin Wilson and Patric Hornqvist while the Canucks are essentially healthy with Kevin Bieksa if you try not to think about Ryan Kesler. Thankfully, Bieksa will be back tonight.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges weighs in with an update on the Canucks farm team in the AHL the Chicago Wolves. The Wolves are benefitting from Chris Tanev being back in town thanks to the lockout. The cerebral blueliner has four points in his first 10 games. Also in the mix and looking good Kevin Connauton was last year’s breakout star under Craig MacTavish.
Our man Kevin V. is back with another edition of the Vancouver Canucks Notebook. Wednesday Head Coach Alain Vigneault and big talker Kevin Bieksa shot back at Dave Bolland, backing up Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin and their supreme talent. Cody Hodgson was hit hard by Nick Foligno in Saturday’s game against the Senators.
Our man Kevin V. has his pulse on the Vancouver sports beat. He’s back with another edition of the Vancouver Canucks Notebook. Injuries are adding up. First its Mason Raymond, now Roberto Luongo, and last night Keith Ballard tweaked his back in the loss to the Blackhawks and will be re-evaluated by team doctors Thursday.
BC Sports beat writer Richard Hodges points out perhaps the most pleasant surprise of Vancouver Canucks training camp has been the play of rookie winger Nicklas Jensen. Much like the Vancouver Canucks Jordan Schroeder, and to a lesser extent Cody Hodgson, 2011 first round draft pick Niklas Jensen may have an opportunity afforded by injuries.