Game #51 Preview - Will Somebody Hate The Wings?

Cam Davie
February 02 2012 12:21PM


Aw, Kes and Higs. You so cutesy together. You just love playing the Wings, don't you.
Expect these two American BFF's to have large games tonight.
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Game Day Recon: Game #51 - Red Wings @ Canucks

As Iain McIntyre wrote in a column late yesterday, "Nobody hates the Wings and it's making me sick." He says, if winning breeds hatred for other NHL teams, as Ken Hitchcock suggested when asked why everyone hates the Canucks, then why doesn't everyone (well, everyone but Ryan Lambert) hate the perennial Cup contending Red Wings? All they've done is win for 15 years. Yet, they're considered the model organization, from ownership on down.

Well... Yeah. They are. Because they're good! And they've won for 15 years. But let's starting hating the Red Wings too.

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Foreshadowing: Hodgson Named Rookie of the Month for January

Thomas Drance
February 02 2012 11:56AM


Yep Corey, that puck is indeed behind you.
(Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

When Cody Hodgson isn't stealing jobs and hearts - he's busy making an impressive mid-season run that may yet earn him a Calder nomination. Today the NHL recognized the incredible run Hodgson has been on, by naming him "NHL Rookie of the Month" in January.

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The Canucks Through 50 Games

Jeff Paterson
February 02 2012 10:11AM

In the big picture, the 50 game mark is of very little significance over an 82-game NHL season. But let’s be honest -- it’s a nice round number and one that is easily divisible by two. The Canucks reached the 50 game mark with their 3-2 overtime win over Chicago on Tuesday, and being good with simple math, that’s all that is needed to allow us to take a look at the first two 25 game segments of the 2011-12 Vancouver Canucks season, make a few observations, and maybe draw a few conclusions too. Follow me past the jump:

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Are There Any Canucks More Clutch Than Cody Hodgson?

Cam Charron
February 02 2012 08:53AM


Watch out Henrik Karlsson, those two Canucks are "clutch".

Cody Hodgson, as we all know, had a terrific January. As a Canucks Army newcomer described on Twitter last night Hodgson has scored "big goals at big times". He scored the tying goal against Chicago on a breakaway and scored this year's most memorable goal (so far) with a vicious slapshot that beat Tim Thomas, and stood up as the winning goal in the Stanley Cup Final rematch early in the month.

This got me thinking. Which Canucks score the biggest goals at the biggest times? Also, does it matter? Well, yeah, in the scope of a month or two, you'll notice players who seem to come up big. In the interest of satire because I rail so often against a player's individual "clutch" ability, I counted up all the "big goals" the Canucks have scored this season. Those are goals in the 3rd period or overtime, as well as game winners.

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NN Hockey Pool Update: It's Been A While

Jonathan Willis
February 01 2012 10:30PM

Well, it's been a while. Between zipping down to Edmonton/Calgary for the World Juniors and a host of other things, it's been better than a month since we've checked in on the Nation Network Hockey Pool. As it turns out, a lot can happen in that amount of time.

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