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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Rising Action: Glenn Healy is crazy!

Patrick Johnston
December 19 2011 06:54PM

Look, Dion's chasing someone else too!
(Pawel Dwulit - Canadian Press)

Things are on the move here at the army. Today we launch a new column, "Rising Action", where CA contributor Patrick Johnston takes aim at the hockey media, both through a Canucks lens and with a view to the league as a on!

Saturday's Canucks takedown of a resurgent Leafs squad wasn't the only entertainment on offer for hockey fans, they also had the pleasure of witnessing Glenn Healy and company out do themselves. From Ron Maclean's bizarre, hackneyed 'apology', to Healy's crazed pronouncements from between the benches, it was quite the night for once-proud flaghip show of hockey.

Let's follow my quasi-live tweeting of Saturday night's action.

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December 18 2011 11:55AM


Lots of WJC talk this week on NationRadio with the annual tournament right around the corner. Among the other topics this week is Magnus Paajarvi being sent from the Oilers to their AHL affiliate, the 2011-12 Boston Bruins, Red Deer Rebels and OKC Barons.

This is NationRadio.

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