Game 8 Preview: Hawks at Canucks

Patrick Johnston
February 01 2013 06:33PM

Time to renew acquaintances. With all the ink that's been spilt, all the verbal battling, the hits, the goals, the drama, you'd think there's nothing left.

But we know there's always more to come. Tonight is the first time the Canucks and Blackhawks have seen each other since That Elbow (The Elbow, being a whole other incident 19 years ago, of course); lots of energy from people off the ice about what the narrative should be, but will it be about retribution? We'll see.

This is a game that features a red-hot team that's been riding the percentages, who will at some point come back to Earth. The other team has been slowlly-but-painfully warming itself into game shape. This could be epic.

Read on past the jump.

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CanucksArmy Presents: The Canucks Fan Roundtable for February

Thomas Drance
February 01 2013 01:23PM


(Editors Note: Last month we debuted the Canucks fan round-table with a "super table" featuring five questions and seven guest writers. It was a massive success and I really enjoyed putting it together and reading the post, so I figured I'd continue on with this feature going forward - but I've decided to limit myself to four guests and four questions.

Today's featured guests are Halston's bane and mommy blogger Stefan (@boring_as_heck), Tumblr wizard Grainne (@KeithMallard), man about town Don (@TheFalconer) and some guy who makes me laugh on Twitter named @crownroyal22. Here's the four questions I posed to our esteemed panel:

  1. How would you like to see the Canucks handle "getting back" at Duncan Keith on Friday?  
  2. Has Luongo's strong start to the season changed your mind at all regarding whether or not the team should keep or trade him?
  3. Based on what you've seen from the Canucks so far this year, what area of their performance are you most worried about? Most pleasantly surprised by?  
  4. Give me five essential Canucks follows that you'd recommend to a Canucks fan, who was thinking about joining Twitter, as a "starter pack"?

My plan with the roundtables are to do one every month, and if you'd like to participate just let me know in the comments section and I'll consider you! Read on past the jump for the round table!)

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The SYAE Podcast: Looking at the Top Storylines Surrounding the Canucks with Cam Charron

Dimitri Filipovic
February 01 2013 11:49AM

You know what they say - you can never have too many Peter Skudra references.

You know how people in Vancouver will tell you that the Canucks have a goaltending "controversy"? Just remember that Peter Skudra used to be in charge of stopping pucks for this team. That ought to settle you down. 

Beyond reminding you of that fact, Cam Charron and I discuss Jason Garrison's early season play, just how much the Canucks miss two-way dynamo Ryan Kesler, and whether the team will go after Duncan Keith in Friday night's in tilt. We also finish the show off with a rebuttal to Don Cherry's latest mind-blowing rant.

Click Past the Jump to Listen to the Podcast.

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The Canucks Week in Quips for Feb 1st

February 01 2013 11:16AM

Is AV's goalie strategy as simple as this?

This is a new Friday feature combining a healthy mixture of observation, analysis, and foresight on the Vancouver Canucks. If you'd like to get at me about anything covered in this column, follow me on Twitter at @yyjordan and let's start a textual relationship (wink).

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Afternoon Headshots: January 31st

Thomas Drance
January 31 2013 03:13PM

Photo of the Vancouver Sports Media reacting to the Canucks' decision to start Luongo on Friday.

Well here is your must hear soundbite of the day, as Harrison Mooney tracked down the audio from Roberto Luongo slyly mocking Twitter anti-hero Damien Cox for being a puppet following Wednesday night's Canucks victory over the Colorado Avalanche. This is all sorts of amazing. [Pass it to Bulis]

For what it's worth Damien Cox mentioned the incident specifically in his write up of Wednesday night's game, while also comparing Roberto Luongo to an evicted tennant who turns to squatting rather than vacating the premeses. Yep that's perfectly analogous to the situation in Vancouver's crease. [Toronto Star]

Staying on the topic of the Strombonian one, here's some fun footage of the knob save heard around the globe! Well really it was just an equipment quirk, and that puck didn't look like it was going in anyway, but still! []

Because goaltending is all anybody wants to talk about in the Vancouver sports media market (and here too), let's stay on the theme. Here's Tony Gallagher on whether or not Roberto Luongo has reasserted himself as the Canucks "number one goaltender" with a series of sparkling performances to begin the season. It's a good enough take just for that, but I swear to god I nearly fell out of my seat when I read Tony praise Alain Vigneault's handling of his goaltenders. Seriously though: that happened. Also I just saw a pig fly by my window. Fuck. [The Province]

Mike Gillis addressed Dale Weise's injury status (he called it a "neck injury" which sounds to cynical old me like it's a concussion), and said a few choice things regarding the Canucks' goaltending situation in an interview with Matt Sekeres and Blake Price on the Team 1040 this afternoon. You can hear the full interview here. [TeamRadio]

The Canucks continue to do excellent work promoting mental health awareness, and are leading a charge (with the other Canadian NHL clubs on board) with a new "Hockey Talks" initaitve. Extremely proud of the organization for their leadership on this issues, it's one that is very personal to me. Ed Willes has the story. [The Province]

More links, photos and observations on the other side of the jump.

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