It may not be the most highly anticipated game during the Olympics, but there is sure to be lots of talk when Team Canada meets Team USA on Olympic ice in Vancouver.
And when the puck drops between these two juggernauts, Ryan Kesler will become Team Canada's number one enemy.
It's been well documented and recorded that before this year, the only time that Team USA had defeated Canada in the World Juniors was when Kesler was on that team in 2004. Kesler will have a rare opportunity to m
Kent, he of the We Are All Canuckleheads Podcast, is looking like a genius right now. I say this because he was one of the first people I saw making a case for Henrik Sedin for the Hart Trophy.
Talk of Henrik being a favorite for the Hart trophy picked up steam earlier this week with an article from Michael Farber over on Sports Illustrated's website (scroll down about midways) who named Henrik Sedin as his pick for the Hart Trophy. (Incidentally, no mention or love for Kesler in the Selke
A split with Idaho, recognition from the ECHL, call ups to the AHL, and the addition of a new player were the main events this past week for the Victoria Salmon Kings. For a second time, David Shantz was named ECHL Goaltender of the week. Along with rookie d-man Taylor Ellington, Shantz has been selected to play in the upcoming ECHL All-Star Game.
In mid-week, Ellington was recalled to the AHL Manitoba Moose, then two days later, another d-man, Jimmy Sharrow was loaned to the Moose. Sharro
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Join the Salmon Kings in presenting their third annual fundraiser for Cancer Research in BC. All monies raised goes towards the BC Cancer Foundation located right here on Vancouver Island. On game night, the Salmon Kings will be wearing special pink jerseys! The Salmon Kings will be auctioning off five game-worn pink jerseys online, du
Earlier today, Jason Botchford (Vancouver Province) suggested the Sedin-Sedin-Burrows line was the second coming of the Westcoast Express line. Scratch that, he said that they are even better than the original.
The trio have played 57 games together going back to last winter. In those 57 games, the line has combined for 73 goals and 119 assists for 192 points. That's 3.37 points a game and is a pace which outdistances the best line in Canucks history. At its peak in 2002-03, the West Co
In the Canucks locker room, they ought to be calling Alex Burrows "The Joker" after all the tricks he played last week. But here on Number Crunching, we're not joking around when we dedicate this week's blog to the hat trick hero himself. Read on to find out who takes home this week's coveted Number Crunching Player of the Week Award (as if you didn't already know).
TWO IS AS GOOD AS THREE...
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In the third period of Saturday's match between the Canucks and the Calgary Flames, CBC Commentator Mark Lee described the game as having a "Nasty tone".
Rick Rypien vs Brandon Prust - Part I (AP Photo / The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)
Particularly in the third period did both teams dish out physical punishment. Both coaches, Alain Vigneault and Brent Sutter, regularly dispatched their third and fourth lines, trying to match brawn. In a couple of instances, the result brought most player
I'm convinced that the Calgary Flames took a page from
so I really wonder how much the Calgary Flames gave veteran referees Bill McCreary and Stephen Walkom before the game.
The problem tonight with the NHL's inconsistent reffing wasn't the fact that there were a lot of phantom or soft calls, but rather that they didn't call anything. It's one thing to let the game play on without any sort of stoppages, especially a match-up as crucial as this one, but it's totally another to let the lac
Alex Burrows penned his name alongside a 23 year old Vancouver Canucks scoring record of back to back hat tricks, originally set by Petri Skriko in 1986/87.
Two of the hottest players in the NHL celebrate Alex Burrows' 2nd straight hat trick performance (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
The Phoenix Coyotes got the short end of the straw Thursday night during their visit to the Garage, outplaying the Canucks for large stretches. But the rules of physics applied, and objects in motion tend t
It may be a good thing for Team Canada that Alex Burrows was not born in Sweden. What amazing chemistry he has with the twins! He complements Daniel and Henrik, so well. Just imagine if Vigneault never had the epiphany that led him to put Burr with the twins. Although the way AV has juggled lines in the past, I guess he was bound to put them together at some point (which reminds me, AV sure doesn't juggle like he used to -- but why would he do that now?) Hat tricks in consecutive games is pretty
<img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/c.../Wedderburn.gif" class="imageFloatRightFramed"> On New Years Day 2010 the finals of the prestigious Macs Midget Tournament took place in the Calgary Saddledome. In 1997, Salmon Kings defenseman #28 Tim Weddurbun was selected to the Macs AllStar Team plus was selected as the Top Defenseman. That season he was a member of the UFA Bisons of the Alberta Midget League.
Born on June 29,1981 in Okotoks, Alberta. He joined the WHL major junior Prince George C
<img src="http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q124/cdnuniguy/AHL/antlerbanter.jpg" width="200" height="188" class="imageFloatLeftFramed">If "X" marks the spot, we've reached Episode X here at <span style="font-style: italic;">Antler Banter</span>, and we're glad you found this spot! The Moose entertained the West Division-leading Texas Stars this past weekend, and I had suggested that four points would do wonders for their standing. We'll take a look at the upcoming schedule, lo
Listening to the TEAM 1040 show this morning, I caught a couple of callers noting that they didn't think that Roberto Luongo was a 70-game goalie and that the guy would get burned out towards the end of the season if the Canucks didn't sit him for a few games, and let Andrew Raycroft get some time on the ice.
Fair enough. But did anyone remember that there's this tournament coming up in the middle of February, which is going to give most NHL players a bit of a break? Sure, Luongo's going t
So the Canucks are set to play their first home game after going on the road for four. Since we'll be seeing a game in GM Place, chances are good we should be hearing a now familiar sound should the Canucks score a goal.
I am, of course, talking about the Woo. Started up by the Canucks sound guy, DJ Dave, the 'Woo' was apparently some sort of in-joke involving a soundboard based off of 'Runnin' With The Devil' by the David Lee Roth fronted version of Van Halen. Despite widespread belief, i
<img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2009/11/oct2309_demitra_rr.jpg" class="imageFloatLeftFramed">It is interesting that at the beginning of the NHL campaign, the Vancouver Canucks were over the salary cap and over the roster limit and we are halfway through the season and the Canucks have yet to have to really address any of the problems.
Coming out of training camp, Tanner Glass and Sergei Shirokov made it, Pavol Demitra was suppose to be back by mid- or late-October,
Note: This is a slighty older entry from my blog, but I was invited to come here and contribute in the Fan Zone, so I'd figure I'd go the lazy route for my debut and go with reruns. The stats are a little off because I had written this prior to the Dallas game. That said, enjoy!
So we're officially at the midway point of the season. We have a relatively solid understanding on how things look right now in the NHL. For the Canucks, things are looking good, as they're starti
I have to admit that I was never quite convinced that the Sedins could carry this team. First, there were naysayers that their offensive success had come because opposing teams' top defensive pairings regularly drew the famed West Coast Express. After Todd Bertuzzi was shipped off to Florida, Brendan Morrison signed with Anaheim, and Markus Naslund left for Manhattan before retiring, there is no higher scoring duo than Dan and Henrik. Since the lockout, Henrik is ranked among the top five playma
The turn of the calendar provides an opportunity for some reflection so this week's column (our seventh edition for those keeping count...ever wonder why I never numbered them before? Seems a bit silly) looks back on the best of December, reveals the true meaning of a New Year's Bash, and counts down a list of those we have forgotten over the past decade. Also, read on to find out who takes home this week's coveted Number Crunching Player of the Week Award.
(Published Sunday, January 3rd, 2
<img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/images/upload/2009/09/kessel_burke_205x115.jpg" class="imageFloatRightFramed">An abysmal team like the Leafs already get too much attention on these boards without me tossing my two cents into the growing pile of change, but I simply have to get something off my chest.
I want to know exactly what the hell the Leafs were thinking with that Kessel deal. Seriously, what were they thinking when they did that deal?
I really like Dave Nonis and think his u
With their 5-4 victory in Utah, the Victoria Salmon Kings will enter a New Year's eve game in Salt Lake City in sole possesion of third place in the ECHL National Conference. With their second character win in a row, and ninth consecutive victory, the Blanshard Street Crew is living up to expectations. They were ranked as the third best ECHL team in a preview by The Hockey News.
Early on, the Utah Grizzllies opended the scoring, but as they said on the Grizzlies post game netcast every tim
<img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/07/salmonprospects.jpg" class="imageFloatRightFramed">All the numbers were amazingly even after three periods in the Salmon Kings shootout win in Utah. Score 2-2, shot advantage to Utah 28-27, and both teams were collectively even on the plus/minus.
Both leading Conference goal scorers were shutout in regulation time, and for the second night in a row, Olivier Latendresse opened the scoring.
Mike Salekin and Lance Galbrait
<img src="http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q124/cdnuniguy/AHL/antlerbanternewyear.jpg" width="200" height="188" class="imageFloatLeftFramed"> Welcome to the last <span style="font-style: italic;">Antler Banter</span> of 2009! After a week-long break, the Moose returned to action on Sunday and Monday as the Abbotsford Heat traveled east to Winnipeg for a two-game set. With the Heat hot on the heels of Manitoba in the standings, these two games were vitally important to both te
<img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2010/01/Latendresse.gif" class="imageFloatRightFramed"> On the southwest corner of the Island of Montreal sits the bourough named after the French explorer LaSalle. Olivier Latendresse was born there on Feb 12, 1986.
Until junior hockey, he was a linemate with his brother Guillaume (formerly with the Montreal Canadiens now with the Minnesota Wild.) Along with future San Jose Shark Torrey Mitchell, the Latendress siblings helped their