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Afternoon Headshots: January 31st

  Photo of the Vancouver Sports Media reacting to the Canucks’ decision to start Luongo on Friday. Well here is your must hear soundbite of the day, as Harrison Mooney tracked down the audio from Roberto Luongo slyly mocking Twitter anti-hero Damien Cox for being a puppet following Wednesday night’s Canucks victory over the Colorado…

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Luongo Starts Against the Blackhawks

  Photo Credit: Jeff Vinnick The news has come down that the Vancouver Canucks wil start elite netminder Roberto Luongo instead of elite netminder Cory Schneider in Friday night’s grudge match against the Chicago Blackhawks. Oy vey. In some ways it’s appropriate. The Canucks organization’s seeming preference for Cory Schneider in "big games" dates back…

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On Jason Garrison, Canucks Defenders and Shooting Accuracy

But can you hit the net, Mr Garrison? (photo: Patrick Johnston) So Jason Garrison finally hit the net and he scored? Wicked, but should that counter all the awful shots he took before that? Remember how you were bleating about cutting  him from the team just twenty or so hours ago, Canucks fans? Well relax,…

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The Good, the Bad and the New Guy

Photo Credit: Jeff Vinnick. This is a weekly feature that will highlight The Good, The Bad and The *fill in the blank* exciting things that are currently happening in the NHL. Kesler Who? (Good), Rivalries Rock (Bad) and The New Guy Scores!

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Luongo selfishly extends goalie controversy – Recap and chance data

Photo from Rich Lam/NHLInteractive Well, a lot of things happened in the Vancouver Canucks most recent win over the Colorado Avalanche. I missed part of the game because I took a time machine back to the year 2007, because it’s been a while since Roberto Luongo and the Sedin twins so obviously carried a game…

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Evening Pre-Game Headshots: January 30th

Kassian Smash. Image via redditer WonderBread9000. Have you heard, Roberto Luongo is starting tonight. It’s a huge, huge deal. [The Vancouver Sun] Justin "Oliver Stone" Bourne wonders whether or not the Canucks are giving Luongo an easy start tonight to try and boost his numbers and make him more attractive to rival General Managers (assuming…

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The Canucks don’t care who the No. 1 goalie is, and neither do I

Luongo starting for the Canucks tonight isn’t a controversy. Ryan O’Reilly not starting for the Avalanche? Now that’s a controversy. Roberto Luongo is starting for the Vancouver Canucks tonight against Colorado, for the second game in a row, the latest inexplicable move by the milt of a bench boss who seems determined to keep this…

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Game 7 Preview: Avs @ Canucks

Alex Burrows get a rough ride from his old friend Shane O’Brien. After the Canucks opened the season with an unspectacular homestand in which they went 1-1-1 over three games, they ventured to the California coast for an unspectacular roadtrip in which they posted a 1-1-1 record over three games. Big fans of symmetry, the…

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What’s Ailing the Canucks? Not Enough Bread and Butter

  At this point, the Canucks could certainly use some more bread and butter. In case you hadn’t heard, the Vancouver Canucks were fairly proficient at winning hockey games over the past two seasons. They were a combined 105-41-18, which was good for two consecutive Presidents’ trophies. For a team to accomplish that in today’s…

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Jason Garrison and the Ghost of Keith Ballard

It didn’t take long for Canucks fans to begin sharpening their knives, in anticipation of carving up White Rock native and this summer’s big free-agent acquisition Jason Garrison. Jason Garrison gave the perpetually dour and fatalistic faithful a reason to start too on Sunday when he fumbled a clearing attempt directly to Joe Thornton that ended up…