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.
NWSB insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges tells us what we can expect from Kevin Bieksa and his buddies in the Canucks vs. UBC charity hockey game coming up soon in Vancouver. Let’s face it, hockey in Vancouver is stressful. Every game is the biggest game of the year, and every reputation is based on the most recent shift. Can Cory Schneider, Daniel Sedin, and Henrik Sedin have fun?
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges weighs in with his ananlysis of the Justin Schultz NHL free agency situation. He’s 21, can’t make more than $925,000 on his entry level contract. The Canucks are simply his best shot to win the cup, all other factors aside. The rumoured favourites for Schultz’s services are the, the Oilers, the Blackhawks, the Rangers, and the Maple Leafs.
NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks hockey writer C-Mac tells us why we should feel good for Willie Mitchell the Vancouver Island BC born hockey player who this week won himself a Stanley Cup. He lists five reasons why Canucks fans can still celebrate Mitchell’s legacy. In hindsight that parting of the ways worked well, between Mitchell and the Canucks, at least for Willie anyways.
NWSB Blogger Dave B. checks in this time with a Northwest Athlete Profile on Minnesota Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner. After minor hockey, Stoner played Junior B for the Campbell River Storm and eventually graduated to Junior A where he played for another Vancouver Island team, the Powell River Kings. Stoner scored his first NHL goal on January 4, 2011.
NWSB insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin Vanstone is back with his third instalment of Canucks Playoff Wins Remaining. This time, it’s with more doubt as the Los Angeles Kings have taken a 3-0 series lead over the Canucks, with many thanks to Captain Dustin Brown who has 4 goals. Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin will play on a line with David Booth most likely.
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.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the loss on Wednesday night in game to the LA Kings. Crazy game. From Byron Bitz hit on Kyle Clifford, which felt like a classic Aaron Rome game-forfeiting brain cramp to Zack Kassian and his first taste of the playoffs, to Roberto Luongo playing ok, and Vancouver not being able to move the puck. Crazy.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges tells us what the Sedins have to do to lead the Vancouver Canucks to the 2012 NHL promised land. Yes that’s right. Hoisting the Stanley Cup. Henrik Sedin & Daniel Sedin took a lot of crap in last year’s playoffs for naught. They were whiners, divers, chokers, weak, sisters, etc etc. They can right the ship in 2012. Let’s get it done.
NWSB Insider Dave B brings us another profile featuring an athlete from the Northwest. Willie Mitchell was born April 1977 in Port McNeill, British Columbia. The stay at home d-man has been around the NHL, starting with the New Jersey Devils. Read on as Dave tells you about Willie’s journal all the way from Vancouver Island to Los Angeles, California.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges counts down the top 5 most likely first round opponents for the Canucks in the 2012 NHL playoffs. Wouldn’t it be nice to see the Kings? They recently acquired Jeff Carter and if he can score, which no other King can apparently do this could be good. Ryan Kesler, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Sami Salo, and Alex Edler would be licking their lips.