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Sochi 2014 Olympic Hockey Preview: Team Czech Republic

Image Courtesy: NHL.com

Image Courtesy: NHL.com

In our continuing look at the top contenders participating in February’s Olympic hockey tournament, today we take a look at team Czech Republic.

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Canucks vs Sharks Game Preview – November 14, 2013

Courtesy danrussellsportstalk.ca

Courtesy danrussellsportstalk.ca

The Vancouver Canucks look to get back into the win column with a Thursday night tilt vs the San Jose Sharks at the friendly confines of Rogers Arena. The Canucks are well rested having not played since Sunday night in Anaheim and have a recent dominating performance against the Sharks to fall back on.

Last Game

The Canucks dominated the Anaheim Ducks for long stretches, but could not score on some early, glorious opportunities in a deflating 3-1 victory Sunday night. The loss put a sour end to what looked like a very promising West Coast road trip. The Canucks outplayed the Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks, and Anaheim Ducks on the road trip, but only took home 3 points from their effort in these 3 excellent road games. The game against the Los Angeles Kings was a quick start with no production followed by a “cluster”.

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Sochi 2014 Olympic Hockey Preview: Team Sweden

Sweden enters the 2014 Olympic hockey tournament with high hopes and a new leadership core. This is no longer a group led by the likes of Mats Sundin, Peter Forsberg and Niklas Lidstrom. This team will need to be led by Henrik and Daniel Sedin, Henrik Zetterberg and Erik Karlsson.

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Sochi 2014 Olympic Hockey Preview: Team USA

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With the 2014 Sochi Olympics less than three months away, we’ve started to preview some of the top teams that will hit the ice to battle for gold come February.  Yesterday, Rob took a look at Team Russia.  Next up: Team USA. 

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The Canucks record in the Mike Gillis era, by the numbers

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For readers of this blog, it’s no secret that I’m a Mike Gillis supporter. I generally think he has been good for the Vancouver Canucks and think he has unfairly gotten a lot of bad publicity for various reasons.

I made my case for the argument that he “inherited” this team and outlined his biggest contribution to his team, his contract negotiations. Most recently, I outlined the smart moves he made prior to this season.

I’m not a fan of every move Mike Gillis has made, he has made mistakes. I don’t like the Cody Hodgson or David Booth trades (though I liked the Booth trade at the time) and I hate the Keith Ballard trade (I didn’t like the Hodgson and Ballard trades at the time either). I loved almost every one of his contracts that he negotiated (even the Luongo one, if under the old CBA). I also like a lot of the depth moves he has made.

Whatever you think of the job Gillis has done, you can’t argue about the team’s success on the ice. Really, that is the point of this article. Perhaps you think Gillis is the beneficiary of good fortune, Dave Nonis/Brian Burke moves prior to his arrival or an easy division in the last three seasons. You can argue that. I mean, you’d be wrong (in my opinion), but you can argue it.

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Sochi 2014 Olympic Hockey Preview: Team Russia

Image Courtesy: Washington Post

Image Courtesy: Washington Post

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games gets started in less than three months so I think it’s time for a preview! The Olympics start on February 7, with the men’s Olympic hockey tournament beginning on February 12. From Monday to Thursday this week and next, Tyler Wilde, Ryan Biech and myself will be previewing the rosters from the eight contending countries (sorry Austria, Norway, Latvia and Slovenia, but you’re not important enough yet). We’ll wrap up with previewing Team Canada on November 21. Up first is the host nation, Team Russia.

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Canucks vs Ducks Game Preview – November 10, 2013

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The Vancouver Canucks travel to Anaheim for their second of back to back games tonight to wrap up their four game road trip. How will the Canucks respond after a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings? Read on to find out.

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Canucks vs Kings Game Preview – November 9, 2013

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Courtesy of province.com

The Vancouver Canucks California swing continues Saturday night vs the Los Angeles Kings. The Canucks have been early season road warriors, compiling a 7-2-2 record away from the friendly confines of Rogers Arena. There are no freebies in the Pacific Division! The Kings offer up another tough test for the Canucks, but I have a feeling the Canucks are fully up for it.

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DeBron’s Top 6: a Joe Thornton inspired Top 6

Image courtesy: @BonksMullet (Twitter)

Image courtesy: @BonksMullet (Twitter)

Well, thank you Joe Thornton. A goal 77 seconds into the game and I think we all thought the same thing: “I hope he scores 4. Remember what he said he would do if he scored 4? Hahahahahahahah that would be so funny.” Well he didn’t. And the Canucks won. But it still gave me a great idea for a Top 6…

TOP 6 COCKS!

As in chickens and ways to prepare them. I’m not a foodie. I hate foodies. I like to eat but that just makes me the exact same as EVERYONE ELSE ON THE PLANET. It’s like saying you’re a breathie. Anyway, here we go:

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Canucks vs Sharks Game Preview – November 7, 2013

Courtesy USA Today Images

Courtesy USA Today Images

The Vancouver Canucks California swing starts Thursday night vs the dreaded San Jose Sharks. The Canucks have not won in San Jose for what feels like decades and will have to be at the top of their game against the dominant Sharks.

Last Game

The Canucks managed to salvage a point out of Phoenix with a 3-2 shootout loss to the Phoenix Coyotes. After a sleepy first period, the Canucks carried the play for the final 40 minutes and in OT, but eventually lost in a shootout. The Canucks were a bit unlucky in the shootout given that both Ryan Kesler and Chris Higgins rang the puck of posts behind Coyotes’ goaltender, Mike Smith.

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