December Awards

Jeff Angus
December 22 2011 11:57AM

Back in early November, I (figuratively) handed out some hardware to Canuck players. Some of the “trophies” awarded were more serious than others. At the time, the Canucks were hovering around the .500 mark, thanks to sluggish starts from a few key players. Since then, they have been on a tear, thanks to said players playing much, much better. Cory Schneider channelling Dominik Hasek for a few weeks didn’t hurt, either. Why don’t we hand out some more awards that are completely made up and mean absolutely nothing!

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Cold War Echo

Andrey Osadchenko
December 21 2011 12:33PM


(pic courtesy Dirty Dangle)  

(Moscow native Andrey Osadchenko wanted to weigh in on the recent "Ovechkin on Steriods" controversy)

If you read John Steigerwald’s column about Ovechkin’s alleged steroid use and you listened to him argue with Ryan Lambert on the radio show about it and your initial reaction wasn’t ‘Wow!’ you are not an easy person to impress.

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Game #34 Preview: Spikebelt!

Cam Davie
December 21 2011 11:01AM

Manny scores a shorty against Jimmy Howard. Foreshadowing...
(Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Game Day Recon: Game #34 - Red Wings @ Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks are playing like a red-hot team right now. The problem with tonight is that they are playing a team that's red-hot right now. Red Wings/Canucks games are always thoroughly entertaining, highly skilled games. But the Canucks are going to need to throw down a pretty big spike belt to deflate the Winged Wheel as it rolls into Rogers Arena tonight for a clash between two top teams in the West.

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Weak Goaltending and the World Juniors Go Hand-in-Hand

Jonathan Willis
December 20 2011 02:38PM

The last several years have seen strong Canadian entries at the World Juniors. When it comes to the talent of their forwards and defensemen, Team Canada has access to riches unparalleled in any other country in the world.

The situation is a little different in net, where the uncertain tandem of Mark Visentin and Scott Wedgewood will backstop this year’s team.

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Sedins punch "4-0" into their calculators, recap and chance data

Cam Charron
December 20 2011 01:34AM

Going into this game, some lazy analysts may look at the standings, say "hey, Minnesota has won 20 games and lead the division" and labelled the Wild one of the best teams in hockey. This couldn't be further from the truth, as the team's record is an absolute house of cards, with goaltender Niklas Backstrom's save percentage up beyond sustainable levels, which apparently turns this game into a SHOWDOWN!

The Canucks, despite a slow start, took advantage of some bounces in the crease and the Sedins stole the show on the powerplay, giving the Canucks their second straight win and handing the Wild, suddenly reeling, their fourth straight defeat. To check detailed analysis, scoring chance data, and the statistical three stars, follow us after the jump.

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