April 20 2012 10:42AM
The Canucks played a near-perfect road game on Wednesday night in Los Angeles. That they received stellar goaltending from Cory Schneider certainly helped, as did all-world performances from Daniel and Henrik. However, the Kings were the better team through forty minutes, and the Canucks will be hard-pressed to win another three straight against them. To sound cliché, taking it “one game at a time” is exactly how this situation must be looked at. With that in mind, how can the Canucks improve on their performance for game five on Sunday night?
April 20 2012 08:21AM
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April 19 2012 02:44PM
What is Mason Raymond?
Until this year, Mason Raymond was a puck-moving forward who drew penalties, pushed the play forward, and set up chances in the offensive zone. His unspectacular ability around the net didn't convince many people of his value, but the hidden things Raymond did away from the puck were why the Canucks wanted him in the lineup game after game after game.
Raymond secretly turned in a career year last season, doing things silently that helped the Canucks to a dominant regular season and their first ever Presidents' Trophy win.
April 19 2012 01:49PM
The Chicago Wolves will need Steve Reinprecht to continue to produce offensively in the playoffs.
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This season was a strong one for the Chicago Wolves, who won 47 games and their division. They'll go into the postseason as the third ranked seed, and look to have an outside chance at making a deep run into the Calder Cup Finals! This season, the veteran squad has been extremely effective defensively, and has enjoyed stellar goaltending from both Matt Climie and Eddie Lack. While the club struggled to score in the early part of their season, the veteran presence of Darren Haydar and Steve Reinprecht, the continued development of Jordan Schroeder and linemate Mike Davies gave the Wolves enough offensive punch to win their tightly contested division. With the addition of the Canucks first round in last years draft Nicklas Jensen, the Wolves should have enough offense so that, when combined with their penalty-killing mastery and reliable goaltending, they'll be an extremely tough out!
Read past the jump for a more detailed preview of the Wolves preliminary round series!
April 19 2012 12:41PM
With the season on the line, Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault opted to start Cory Schneider in Game Four. Schneider had started game three in what was likely an attempt to shake up the Canucks after they’d lost their first two games at home, and he’d played well.
Does that decision mean that the Canucks are now Schneider’s team?