The Canucks head into game one of the first round of the 2011 NHL Playoffs against the Blackhawks in great shape. They've had their most solid, most consistent regular season in their History. The numbers, the stats and the awards are well documented. I don't think I need to waste time here going over them once again. Let's just say the numbers have been astounding, and leave it at that. The Hawks on the other hand have crawled into the Playoffs, almost against their will. They played that last
In my first CCC of the playoffs, I offer 5 reasons why I think the Vancouver Canucks will finally dispose of their playoff nemesis of the last 2 years: the Chicago Blackhawks.
As well, I point out a couple of connections to the Canucks-themed NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs commerical called "History Comes in Threes".
Lastly, I mention the plethora of great Canucks fan music videos that have come out recently, in particular "We Are Canucks" by David Blair and directed by Ben Van Kleek. I was ble
Amidst all the story lines heading into the Canucks and Blackhawks third straight post-season match-up, Ryan Kesler's maturation process is perhaps the most under-reported.
Ryan Kesler battles Anton Babchuk for position during the last game of the season (photo courtesy of AP Photo)
I recall the solemn and hushed tone in Kesler's voice as he was interviewed by reporters some 10 1/2 months ago. He was being asked whether players on the team, himself included, were playing hurt in t
The staff here at Weekend Predictions have been itching to pick some games ever since the bowl season ended in college football. But I'm sure Western Canada isn't in the mood to read updates on how spring practices are going, nor do they care about the spread in Saturday's G-Day Game (Red Team wins, but take Black Team and the points. At least the practices are outnumbering the arrests this spring....way to go, Richt!) And since the NFL seems hell-bent on not playing games this fall, we need
It's playoff hockey time, my favourite time of the year. It's the time of year when lying on the couch watching playoff hockey at 4 PM and opening up the window for a nice breeze constitutes as "enjoying the nice weather." Whatever, with the MLB regular season and both NBA and NHL playoffs starting this might as well be my winter hibernation.
And lo and behold, the greatest time of the year has also given us the best possible matchup in the first round - and it's certainly not
Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011
First Round Predictions
It's that time of year again. The NHL regular season has come to an end, and now is when the 'real season' kicks in. Fans are getting rowdy, players start talking smack, coaching staffs are keeping injuries a secret. You can feel it, you can smell it: NHL PLAYOFF HOCKEY!
Here's my predictions for this years first round.
Washington Capitals (1) - New York Rangers (8)
Rangers in 7
The Capitals are a strong hockey team, but ha
I want to say thankyou to a couple of people, the first being a gentleman named Devon who sold me some amazing seats for the canucks vs calgary game on saturday. My 7rd old son and I were amazed at how great the seats were.A quick story of how our saturday went...We left early to go to the Canucks hotel to see if we could manage to maybe get my sons jersey autographed but were a few minuets late as we watched the team bus leaving the hotel heading for the saddledome. I reassured my son that mayb
For those of you who aren't familiar with what I do, I write the Game Notes for Canucks.com (aka Tale of the Tape) which you can read every game day at canucks.com/gamenotes.
Of course a big part of Tale of the Tape is statistics. Some of them are easy to find (Canucks.com and NHL.com), some I get from researching the official game notes packages sent out by the various media relations department around the league, but the majority of them are ones that I keep track of myself throughout the s
It's too bad other sports celebrities can't show this distinct level of class and selfless act of kindness.
I had the opportunity to buy tickets in late December to see my team (Red Wings) take on my sons team (Canucks) and more important, an opportunity for my son (then 11) to see Roberto Luongo from seats purchased at the glass behind the Canucks net in the first and third period.
Being from London ON., the drive from the house the the Joe is about 2 hours and having taken the afternoo
With two games remaining in the 2010/11 regular season, it's time to show some love for individual achievements within the teams' structure. Disclaimer: These are NOT official releases; the selections are yet to be announced. They are just my personal opinion, and in turn, open for debate and discussion.
Ryan Kesler often keeps you on the edge of your seat with anticipation for what he'll do next
Cyrus McLean: Awarded to the highest scoring Canuck and pretty self-explanatory
Oh This Speech Continues To Be Relevant For The Upcoming Post-Season!
Tom Larscheid understands that this is an entertainment business. He managed to express his opinion for 33 years with the Canucks. Before his final broadcast, Tom was on 1040 almost in tears with the overwhelming support and love from staff members and fans. What stuck with me the most was when he stated, "Pratt and Taylor, you boys also understand the fact that this is entertainment, which is why you're number 1
Son of a preacher man - Dusty Springfield
Grenade - Bruno Mars
You're all I've got tonight - The Cars
Addicted to love - Robert Palmer
Kids - mgmt
New shoes - Paulo Nutini
Public service announcement - Jay Z
Problem child - AC/DC
Regulate - Warren G
Put On - Young Jeezy
I need a doctor - Dr Dre. / Eminem
Hand that feeds - Nine inch Nails
The bird - Morris Day & The Time
Mashup beegees 50 cent
Blow - Kiesha
Streets have no name - U2
<iframe title="YouTube video player" width="480" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/mCsVIrZBSB4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /><br />Twins Sam and Ren have a chat about the Playoffs and Canucks HILARIOUS!!!
Streets of atlanta - The Mother Truckers
Kings highway - Tom Petty
Anytime - My Morning Jacket
Get it on (bang a gong) - Tm Rex
Get up stand up - Bob Marley
Cannonball - the breeders
Baby Ran - 54 40
Public service announcement - Jay Z
Runnin wild - Airbourne
No hands - wacka flocka flame
On to the next one - Jay Z
Amp army - A.M.P
Let's go - the cars
Boys are back in town - Bus Boys
Streets have no name - U2 (player entrance)
Blood is pumping -
The 2010-11 Vancouver Canucks have reached regular season heights never before witnessed in the franchise's 40 year history.
Team mascot Fin helps the Canucks with a modest, but rousing celebration (photo courtesy of AP Photo)
With their 3-1 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Kings, combined with Philadelphia's 1-0 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers, the Canucks claimed their first Presidents' trophy. The Kings, missing their two top offensive players (Anze Kopitar a
I was blessed to witness history on March 31, 2011 as the Vancouver Canucks claimed their first-ever Presidents’ Trophy by beating the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 at Rogers Arena.
With 113 points and 4 games remaining, the Canucks could potentially reach 121 points this season!
Also, I witnessed another milestone as Daniel Sedin had 2 points to bring his league-leading total to 100 points. He is a lock for the Art Ross Trophy and a favourite to win the Hart Trophy (just one year after his twin
Is it just me, or is everyone else just as scared to watch the Canucks go into the playoffs?
It has been nothing but record breaking all year for the Vancouver Canucks. A team and City that is hungry to advance to the cup final once again but differently. This time we don't want to see a riot but glory. Glory of the great cup to show itself down the streets of Downtown. However, is it to good to be true? Can this great team finally win? Thats what worries me. Is Luongo really ready, was rest