April 14 2010 10:01AM
Will Roberto Luongo be ready for the playoffs? Will Jonathan Quick be able to handle the pressure? Will the Canucks defence hold up against the quick LA forwards? Will the Canucks forwards dominate puck possession?
Will the upstart Kings provide a first-round upset, or will the Canucks start a long playoff run which many are predicting?
We'll find out Thursday as the Canucks host the Kings in Game 1 of their first-round matchup.
April 13 2010 11:02AM
Yeah, yeah, another Henrik Sedin article. The internet is already awash with them, but hey, let's enjoy this. Who knows when this will happen again? Whether debating his Hart Trophy candidacy or just the shock of of a non Ovechkin/Crosby scoring champ, the Henrik Sedin bandwagon seems to be a tad bit fuller then ever before.
Even out here on the West Coast, we were slow to warm to the magic of the Sedins. The hardest thing to do as a sports fan is admit that you've been wrong. It's embarrassing, so we pathologically try to find ways to justify our original opinion, that may have been jumped to a little too quickly. I have to put myself into the category of people who doubted the Sedins. I always admired there skill and thought they were pretty good, but wondered aloud if they good ever be the number one line on a winning team. I never went so far as to call them the sisters, but I did joke that someone should tell them the net isn't in the corner. They changed a little, the did get better, but that's just excuse making on my part. I was wrong. Everyone should admit it. Many of us were wrong. It feels good try it.
April 12 2010 07:53PM
Hayden Panettiere licking anything is great. Her with the Cup is bloody brilliant.
The post-season is upon us. From now on, every game is vital, every win is crucial, every play is analyzed, and every goal is one step closer to glory.
The year, with Henrik Sedin capturing the first league scoring title in the team's history, many Canucks fans are legitimately asking themselves, "Is this the year?"
April 12 2010 11:02AM
I went to school in Scandinavia for seven years. I learned a little bit about the psyche of this social democratic culture. They are taught from early on not to talk too much about themselves – it is rude to do so. Salary is rarely mentioned. In fact, there is a general leveling of wage diferential – the bottom is pulled up and the top, pulled down. For the most part, they see themselves as belonging to a collective, and take a dim view of the (often) bullying, individualist ethos which dominates our culture.
Even in a sport dominated by absurd salaries and (apparent) individual accomplishment, I can’t help but to see this Scandinavian ethos reflected in the Sedins. They play the game in an understated sort of way. They never complain and see themselves as part of a larger whole. They avoid talking too much about their accomplishments, preferring instead to give credit to those around them and to other players in the league. They have taken less money to stay in this city and on this team. They have given to charity one of the largest chunks of money seen in a long time around this league.
If we don't have the opportunity to learn from some of these Nordic countries, we needn't worry - we can simply take some time to appreciate what the Sedins bring to this game and to this organization, night in and night out.
April 10 2010 11:22AM
Please don't hurt the Henke tonight.
It's the final regular season game of the year, as the Vancouver Canucks host the Calgary Flames at GM Place tonight. The Canucks aren't playing for a playoff position, and Calgary was knocked out two games ago, so there's not much to play for tonight. That is, except points for Henrik Sedin and his quest for the Art Ross Trophy.