May 09 2011 11:08AM
Yodellay-ee-whoooooo! Cauncks, I'd like to yodel in celebration tonight. Just like Ehrhoff.
Make that happen. I wanna see handshakes tonight.
(Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Vancouver Canucks)
Game Day Recon: Western Conference Semifinal Game 3 - Canucks @ Predators
Let's be clear... the Nashville Predators didn't win Game 5. The Canucks lost that game by handing it to the Predators with a comedy of errors and careless defensive play. While the notion of again crossing the continent to play one game, losing sleep and rest and healing time, and throwing off schedules, is largely unpalatable, the good news for the Canucks is that Detroit and San Jose are doing the same thing.
So will the Canucks take advantage of this new opportunity and finally kill off the Predators?
May 08 2011 12:05PM
Goats Alex Edler and Henrik Sedin skate past the celebrating Predators after Nashville defeated Vancouver 4-3 on Saturday night.
(Photo by Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
Last night, the Canucks failed to close out their second round series against Nashville – losing 4-3 at home. The loss was followed by inevitable hand-wringing from fans and media, but this somewhat irrational despair ignores the fact that the Canucks outplayed the Preds in nearly every respect. The Preds had the edge in two major categories: goaltending and goals scored. Unfortunately those are the most important categories. Nonetheless, the Canucks performance was solid, and I see no reason for panic. The Canucks out possessed, out-hit, out-chanced, out-shot, and – with the exception of Henrik Sedin (more on this in a minute) – they dominated the face-off circle against the Preds.
May 07 2011 05:11PM
Nashville Predators @ Vancouver Canucks
5:00 PM PST
|2.80 (8th)||Goals/Game||2.27 (14th)|
|2.78 (T-9th)||Goals Against/Game||2.54 (5th)|
|16.7% (10th)||PP||22.6% (T-5th)|
|68.6% (16th)||PK||84.1% (6th)|
May 07 2011 11:18AM
Canucks need some more Higgybum in Rinne's business. Wait, that's doesn't sound right.
The Canucks need to bugger Rinne. Nope, that's not right either.
(Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
Game Day Recon: Western Conference Semifinal Game 5 - Predators @ Canucks
Two weeks ago, the panic level amongst Canucks fans went through the roof, as the Canucks failed, then failed again, then failed again, to eliminate the Chicago Blackhawks.
Well that was then, and this is now. And the Canucks aren't playing the Blackhawks anymore.
Can the Vancouver Canucks prove that they're ruthless and eliminate the Nashville Predators tonight?
May 06 2011 10:22PM
I’ve been delighted to see how three games can change the perception of a player. The Ryan Kesler bandwagon is in full swing, with the shutdown of the Toews line approaching the status of legend and his recent outburst against the Predators erasing the memories of his offensively inept first round against Chicago.
The flip side, at least in some quarters, has been the disparagement of the Sedin twins (pictured above).