Game #30 Preview: Full Metal Blue Jacket

Thomas Drance
December 13 2011 12:23PM

Birthday Boy Dan Hamhuis Flips-Up An Anonymous Blue Jacket

Game Day Recon: Game #30 - Canucks at Blue Jackets

Tin Soldiers, and the Richard Nixon of NHL team's are coming to Ohio tonight, as the visiting Canucks face-off against the lowly Blue Jackets for the third time this season. This is the Canucks third game on their current East Coast swing, and they're, thus far, undefeated on the trip. Cody Hodgson, who many feared would be out for a while with a concussion following an incidentally vicious head-shot from Nick Foligno on Saturday night, will be in the lineup. Roberto Luongo, who has been hot of late gets the start, his fourth in a row. In the Blue Jackets meanwhile, are throwing Steve Mason in net, so take the over.

While the Canucks have dominated the Blue Jackets so far this season, and historically, this Blue Jackets team is better than their record indicates, and if their goaltending holds-out (unlikely with mason in net) they could give the Canucks some trouble this afternoon. B.C. born youngster Ryan Johansen had a borderline dominant performance in a losing effort against the Canucks the last time these two teams met, and I'll be curious to see him skate again. Kid looks like the real deal.

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Embrace the Hate, Behind Enemy Lines: FOR LIFE

Thomas Drance
December 13 2011 09:32AM

What follows is the first entry in the "Behind Enemy Lines" portion of the "Embrace the Hate" competition. It comes to us via @concretefluff, and you can read the original post at her blog "WindaTurd." If you have a "Behind Enemy Lines" story you'd be interested in sharing with us, please e-mail me at - you could win Canucks swag and a one hundred dollar donation in your name to the Canucks for Kids Fund. What follows is Victoria's rather epic story of how she's decided, not just to Embrace the Hate, but to commit to it for life!:

Embrace the Hate Entry by Victoria (@ConcreteFluff):

I often tell people I am in a “mixed marriage” because in my eyes I am. Of course when they see my husband – blonde hair, blue eyes, Caucasian – and they look at me (brown hair, green eyed, Caucasian) they think I’m a mental moron. But as far as I am concerned when one person loves one hockey franchise and the other person loves the other – THAT is a form of a mixed marriage.

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Headshots December 12th

Thomas Drance
December 12 2011 02:56PM

I'd laugh about Daniel's dorky pose, but I'm scarred by those particular Luongo sweat pants.

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, produced a tribute video or birthed a clever .gif into existence - please e-mail me at

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Fourth Line Help

Thomas Drance
December 12 2011 12:55PM

Volpatti's toughness has been lost for the year, and the team still needs to replace his planking ability.

Following a season ending injury to Aaron Volpatti and recent injuries to "skill players" David Booth and Cody Hodgson: the Smylosphere is preoccupied with the Canucks "team toughness", and the personnel on the fourth line. This preoccupation gained added steam following a physical, dirty game against the Ottawa Senators in, which, several Canucks (including Kesler and Edler) were dealt cheap-shots while in vulnerable positions.

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Tales of Truth: Boring narratives are boring

Patrick Johnston
December 12 2011 09:35AM

One of these guys apparently had an excellent game on Saturday
(photo: Yahoo! Sports)

Chris Neil is amazing! He's driving everyone nuts! Who cares that his team is down 3-0 - let's talk about him!

Saturday night was a backwards triumph for the evil Canuck narrative. Instead of telling us why they were systematically disassembling the Senators, the brilliant collection of commentators at Hockey Night in Canada instead chose to spin a tale of aggravation and aggression. Chris Neil running around is exciting. Clinical precision is not.

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