Game #32 Preview: Maple Leaf Raggamuffins

Cam Davie
December 17 2011 11:55AM

Last year's affair at Air Canada Centre was a bizarre one.
I think the Canucks would rather just demolish the Leafs old fashioned-like this time around.
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Game Day Recon: Game #32 - Canucks @ Maple Leafs

The Vancouver Canucks lost consecutive games to the worst teams in either conference. Sobering, for sure. But par for the course when it comes to the Vancouver Canucks, who have found ways to lose to the bottom feeders in the league for several years. The good thing about the Canucks facing the Leafs is that the Leafs are currently in a playoff spot. And the Canucks should be good and pissed off after gagging away a two-goal lead in Carolina on Thursday.

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The Mark Messier era: Why were the '98 Canucks so horrible?

Cam Charron
December 16 2011 04:10PM

All this news has popped up about the Vancouver Canucks apparently owing money to Mark Messier. I'd rather not get into the legal ramifications, because I'm no lawyer, but instead I'd like to ask... why weren't the Canucks, such a good team in 1997-98 on paper, such a bad hockey team in the end?

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The Problem With Mike Milbury

Jonathan Willis
December 16 2011 02:49PM

Today, CBC hockey analyst Mike Milbury was charged with assault in relation to an incident that occurred with an opposing player as he helped coach his son’s pee wee hockey team.

How serious the incident was is not entirely clear; but from the reports today it sounds like it’s fairly unexceptional hockey parent behaviour. That may change depending on what exactly Milbury said – the reports also indicate he was charged with uttering threats, after all – but everyone who has spent any amount of time around the game has seen, heard or at the very least read about the line-crossing actions of hyper-competitive hockey moms and dads.

The actions alone weren’t the reason the internet quickly filled with Mike Milbury jokes this morning.

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Cheers and Jeers - Dec 16

Cam Davie
December 16 2011 01:00PM

The Good and the Bad of this past week.

It's Friday. So we close out the "Week That Was" with our latest volume of Cheers and Jeers.

This week, I praise AND cut down a member of the Chicago Blackhawks, show some love to a good BC kid and a Russian bizzaronaut, and bodyslam the G Man and Mr Poopy.

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Wolf Prowl - December 16th, 2011

Patrick Johnston
December 16 2011 12:00PM

Darren Haydar picked up his 700th career point this week

The Wolves re-found their scoring touch over the past week but the goalies still had to be spectacular. It's the same refrain: if the Wolves score, they tend to win, even if they are struggling in their own end. If they could ever sort things out defensively they'd be the dominant force many were predicting before the season.

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