Tales of Truth: Ballin' in the back

Patrick Johnston
January 04 2012 04:16PM


Keith Ballard has been even steadier than we realized.
(Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

Much has been said about the reasons behind the Canucks' recent good form - scoring and top quality goaltending have been identified as the main reasons. But the Canucks also are getting solid contributions from other parts of the lineup.

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Game #41 Preview - Trapped in the Wild

Cam Davie
January 04 2012 12:50PM


Kesler scores. Fans celebrate. All is right in the world.
Will the same be true tonight? Or will Kes and the Canucks fall victim to the (duh duh DUH) TRAP!
(Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Game Day Recon: Game #41 - Wild @ Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks are about to complete the first half of their regular season. They'll end it by finishing tops in their division and in one of the top 2 spots in the Western Conference. It's hard to say they haven't had a good first half but they need to turn around a small, recent downturn before they start the second half of the season. And that might be the big problem with tonight's game against the Minnesota Wild.

Are the Canucks looking beyond tonight to their match-up against the Boston Bruins on Saturday? Is the game tonight a dreaded TRAP GAME?!

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Assume a tough guy

Patrick Johnston
January 03 2012 04:53PM


The Canucks used to carry plenty of goons.
(Photo: Sports Illustrated)

Yes, that's right. Imagine the Canucks had one.

Now, what are his talents?

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Lay Down, Sami

Cam Davie
January 03 2012 03:21PM


Sami Salo has been doing a lot of this for the last month. Chasing, watching the opposition skate past him.
Salo needs a nap.. or a broken hand.
(Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images North America)

Sami Salo is playing against the odds this season. So far, he has been far more durable than he has ever been while in a Canucks uniform. And that's the problem. Sami Salo needs an injury. For the sake of his team.

It's time to lay down, Sami.

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TEAM CANADA GAME DAY - RUSSIA

Vintage Flame
January 03 2012 12:46PM

 

For the sixth time in the last eight years Canada will face off against the Russians in the medal round of the World Junior Championship. Canada is 15-11-2 vs. Russia/USSR going back to 1982 (the first year for the Canadian National Junior Team) but the only thing that matters right now avenging a 5-3 loss to the Ruskies from one year ago.

The Russians squeaked into this one with a 2-1 OT win over the Czech’s while Canada won Group B, and had the quarterfinal bye. Game time is 8:30 pm EST / 6:30 MST

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