Rob The Hockey Guy

// A Vancouver Canucks Hockey Blog

Canucks vs Coyotes Game Preview – December 6, 2013

Courtesy www.faceoff.com

Courtesy www.faceoff.com

The Vancouver Canucks look to build on another successful road trip with a 7:00 PM PST inter-division tilt vs the Phoenix Coyotes at Rogers Arena.

Last Game

The Canucks topped off a successful 4 game road trip with a gutsy 3-1 win vs the Nashville Predators. Ryan Kesler took the Canucks on his back with 2 unanswered third period goals vs the Preds. Kesler had scored 2 goals in the previous game vs the Carolina Hurricanes and now leads the Canucks in goal scoring with 14 on the season. The Canucks continued their dominance on the road going 3-1 on their 4 game road trip and are fully aware that they need to take that road swagger home to Rogers Arena.

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The Canucks power play, beyond the numbers

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Don’t look now, but the Canucks have quietly put together a six-game string of games in which they have scored a power play goal. Looking at it “in-depth”, they were only able to score six goals in that stretch, but they did so with only 24 power plays, meaning they scored on 25% of their chances. None too shabby a turnaround for this much maligned group.

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Montreal Newspaper: “Gino Odjick needs help”

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Image Courtesy: Canucks.com

That’s the headline from Le Journal de Montréal, breaking the story that Gino Odjick was in hospital, for reasons possibly related to the concussions he sustained as an NHL enforcer. 

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Sochi 2014 Olympic Hockey Preview: Team Slovenia

Image Courtesy: sloveniatimes.com

Image Courtesy: sloveniatimes.com

Slovenia represents our final 2014 Olympic roster preview. A country of only two million people, this former Yugoslavian state is a country participating in their first Olympic ice hockey tournament. To say Slovenia, a country of only two million people, is an underdog would be an understatement. Gambling websites have them listed anywhere from 1000-1 to 2000-1 to win it all. Currently ranked 17th in the world, they are the lowest ranked team in the Olympic Games. Of course, just qualifying for the Olympic tournament is considered a monumental success for Slovenia.

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Burrows sidelined indefinitely with broken jaw

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Image Courtesy: vancouversun.com

As if his scoring slump wasn’t enough, it appears Alex Burrows hard luck season just got worse. The Province is reporting Burrows will be out indefinitely with a broken jaw which he suffered Sunday on a Chris Tanev clear that caught him in the face. Burrows returned to the game and even laughed about the incident post-game, but apparently the damage is worse than originally feared.

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Canucks vs Predators Game Preview – December 3, 2013

Image courtesy of the Vancouver Sun

Image courtesy of the Vancouver Sun

After narrowly regaining their dignity against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Canucks are back and in Music City for a date with Carrie Underwood’s husband and the Nashville Predators.

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Sochi 2014 Olympic Hockey Preview: Team Norway

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For the last month we have been previewing the teams that will be competing in the men’s ice hockey tournament at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. You’ve seen the best, now see the rest! Today’s team is a hockey country on the rise. Team Norway has outplayed Germany on the world stage in the last few years, despite a much smaller population (about 5 million) and less of a hockey history. No word yet on if their uniforms will be inspired by Norway’s curling team in 2010

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Canucks vs Hurricanes Game Preview – December 1, 2013

Courtesy canucks.nhl.com

Courtesy canucks.nhl.com

The Vancouver Canucks look to get back on track with an early 10am PST match-up vs the Carolina Hurricanes.

Last Game

The Canucks completely sucked in a 5-2 loss to Alain Vigneault’s New York Rangers. An epic cluster fuck of a game! I’m seriously depressed, but came across this picture which cheered me up (gotta lighten mood somehow).

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Canucks vs Rangers Game Preview – November 30, 2013

Image courtesy of The Province

Image courtesy of The Province

The Canucks are back and looking to continue their roll against the Eastern Conference. Will Alain Vigneault and the Rangers have anything to say about that? Or will they just keep reminding us of that time they ruined our dreams? Read on to find out.

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Is the Vancouver Sports Media Too Negative?

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I have had the opinion for quite some time that the Vancouver sports media are much too negative when it comes to anything and everything to do with the Vancouver Canucks. I’m not saying that all journalists/reporters/media types are negative. Guys like Dan Murphy, Jason Botchford and Don Taylor are actually quite balanced when covering the team, but for every balanced media type there are double that fall into the negative camp.

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