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Number Crunching

The first of a weekly feature. Each week, I pull out the most eye-popping or unusual statistics in relation to Canucks hockey and share them with the members of the Canucks Community. GREY CUP AND GRAY SKIES? <img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2009/10/oct.07_sedin_t.jpg" class="imageFloatLeftFramed">The biggest groans after the Saskatchewan Roughriders knocked off the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL's West Division Final on Sunday did not come from fans in Cowtown,

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Stop saying "Two Thousand."

The best thing - and probably the only good thing - about reaching the year 2010 is that we can finally stop saying "two thousand" every time we talk about the year. It is, then, both surprising and aggravating to hear people saying the Olympics are coming in "two thousand and ten," and referring to the movie 2012 as "two thousand and twelve." It's "twenty ten" and "twenty twelve." When people ask you when the Canucks made their last appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals, do you say "

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Ambulocetus

 

Eins, Zwei, Ehrhoff

<img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2009/11/nov1709_chbsmall_smallt.jpg" class="imageFloatLeftFramed">The native German and German Olympian has came to Vancouver from San Jose in a trade that Gillis would have been stupid not to make and with little expectation on a player no one knew much about Ehrhoff has certainly surpassed any expectation I had set of him. He is the most versatile defenceman on the Canucks and his play at both ends of the ice this season makes him the mo

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Mozy

 

Scouting the Blackhawks

Can't wait until tomorrow to read the Canucks.com Tale of the Tape preview? Here's a sneak peak of the scouting report versus the Blackhawks. After a bit of a sluggish start to the season through October and the early part of November, the Chicago Blackhawks are starting to recapture the form and swagger of the team that made it all the way to the Western Conference Final last season. In typical Blackhawks fashion (at least over the last year or so), they've done so by intimidating oppositi

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Optimist Prime - 11.20.2009

<table border=0 width=1000 align=center><tr><td><img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2009/10/oct0209_optimist_blog.jpg" border=0 style="float: left; margin-right: 8px;">According to the Optimist Code, "an optimist shall try their best to find the positive in every situation, regardless of how daunting the task." In the spirit of this code, I've been challenged by a fellow optimist to take on the curious case of Kyle Wellwood. Oh boy. This is akin

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Bum prognosis

Disclaimer: I think BC politicians and their staffers are sad, self-serving tools bereft of any moral decency. Clearly some junior staffer at the health office was reading up on their Alberta counterparts and was titillated at the prospect of a little face time. Why else would you attack the Canucks for following protocol when it comes to getting the H1N1 shot? We're all aware of how Darryl Sutter and the rest of the Calgary Flames upper (mis)management slithered their way to the fro

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Rorty

 

Scouting the Avalanche

Can't wait until tomorrow to read the Canucks.com Tale of the Tape preview? Here's a sneak peak of the scouting report versus the Avalanche. It seems that midnight may be about to strike for the Avalanche's Cinderella start to the season if it hasn't already. <img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2009/11/nov1409_faces_t.jpg" class="imageFloatLeftFramed">The Avs have just one win in their last five games and, for the most part, have not looked good in the losses. One

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Antler Banter - Volume 3

<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_awtafni6vMw/SwOCKKVkqWI/AAAAAAAADUM/5gb9mY3VL0g/s1600/antlerbanter.JPG"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 200px; height: 188px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_awtafni6vMw/SwOCKKVkqWI/AAAAAAAADUM/5gb9mY3VL0g/s200/antlerbanter.JPG" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5405307088859867490" /></a>Hey, kids! We're back with another ep

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At the quarter-pole: The first 21

<img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2009/10/116x66_1_103009.jpg" class="imageFloatLeftFramed">A break in the schedule and with 21 games already in the books equals a good time to review the first quarter of the Vancouver Canucks 2009.10 season. At the outset of the season, if told the Canucks would be sitting at 11-10-0 after the first 21 games, there may have been cries of outrage among those in Canuck Nation. After all, this was a team that had stated from the beginni

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Alpha Moose

<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_awtafni6vMw/SwNLxcBu7AI/AAAAAAAADUE/p_BqYLjmP88/s1600/moosepatch.jpg"><img style="margin: 0pt 10px 10px 0pt; float: left; cursor: pointer; width: 194px; height: 200px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_awtafni6vMw/SwNLxcBu7AI/AAAAAAAADUE/p_BqYLjmP88/s200/moosepatch.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5405247290483862530" border="0" /></a>Some people consider <a href="http://i135

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Lowered expectations

I implore you to temporarily muck all that media and message board hype out of that skull and take an honest look at this edition of the Canucks. Done now? Okay. Exactly why were folks so bloody high on this team to start the season? Was it just me or were even the most bitter, yellowed Canucks haters calling this the best team this franchise has seen? Even Tony G – that bastion of searing Canucks vitriol - was calling Mike Gillis team a legitimate playoff contender. No way. Ehrho

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The Sedin Experiment

<img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2009/11/nov1709_chbsmall_smallt.jpg" class="imageFloatLeftFramed">With Daniel Sedin out, Henrik has found a way to keep up his point per game play, something that people didn't think he was capable of. For their entire careers the Sedins had played together, and rarely missing a game, no one really knew just how talented the twins were individually. In 17 games without his brother Daniel on his wing, Henrik Sedin has had 17 points, capped

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What's Up With Wellwood?

A quarter way through the season and Wellwood has struggled to say the least. He sits with one point in 17 games, an assist he got in his eighth game of the season against the Oilers. He's missed 4 games because of a foot injury he suffered, however Wellwood should be contributing offensively significantly more than he has so far. With the injuries to some of our major players, Wellwood's role elevated and he still didn't produce. Wellwood's game has struggled on a whole, and it's certainly not

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5 on 5 and Crease Crashing

The Canucks so far this season have relied on a powerplay that was top 3 in the league and they were making teams pay for taking penalties. As the red hot power play has cooled so have the Canucks winning ways and goal scoring. In games the Canucks haven't had a chance to work the man advantage, they have struggled to find the back of the net because of their lack of aggression in getting the puck to the net. Riding a hot powerplay, the Canucks 5 on 5 offense was non-existent and they weren

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Mozy

 

Hovering at .500

The Canucks are hovering at .500 hockey and as players return off the injury reserve a lot of people expect things to click and this Vancouver Canucks team to explode to the top and be the team that TSN picked to make the cup final and win the whole thing. This is a Canucks team that time has shown me is horribly inconsistent and the one thing they are consistent about is making it to the Christmas break a few games above .500 and then crushing the second half of the season. There's always

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Mozy

 

Optimist Prime - 11.13.2009

<table border=0 width=1000 align=center><tr><td><img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2009/10/oct0209_optimist_blog.jpg" border=0 style="float: left; margin-right: 8px;">Every Rose Has Its Thorn is more than Poison's first and only number-one single, more than #34 on the list of 100 Greatest Songs of the 80's, more than the power ballad Otto used to propose to his main squeeze Becky on The Simpsons many moons ago. Every Rose Has Its Thorn is a song titl

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Blue Line Breakdown

The Canucks blue line is supposed to be one of the best in the league. With names like Salo, Bieksa, Mitchell, Edler and Schneider, the Canucks on paper boast a blue line that should be amongst the leagues best. Gillis builds his teams from the net out and on paper this team is rock solid, but as we approach the quarter way-mark of the season, the Canucks defense has been shaky at best, and the odd injury aside, the Canucks blue line has been the one of the healthiest parts of the team. Gillis s

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A Quick Reflection on Remembrance Day CDC traffic.

No matter what your opinion of wars, who initiates them and what purpose they serve, the Remembrance Day thread is not the place to voice those opinions. If you want to go on about that very valid topic, start your own thread. In the Remembrance Day thread, you take your hat off, shut up for a couple minutes and respectfully reflect on the sacrifice of Canadian (and all) soldiers whose lives ebbed away in the mud of some land hundreds or thousands of miles away from home. If you can't brin

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Ambulocetus

 

Antler Banter - Volume 2

<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_awtafni6vMw/SvHW5Nuc9VI/AAAAAAAADSU/RPpTDugVCq0/s1600-h/antlerbanter.JPG"><img style="margin: 0pt 10px 10px 0pt; float: left; cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 188px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_awtafni6vMw/SvHW5Nuc9VI/AAAAAAAADSU/RPpTDugVCq0/s200/antlerbanter.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5400333706619319634" border="0" /></a>We're back today for another round-tab

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Raycroft Looks For Clean Slate

Please join us at Canuckscorner.com and welcome Philip Yoe to our writing team. In his first contribution he looks at the contributions of Andrew Raycroft, and how the goaltender is aiming to get his career back on track with the Canucks. By Philip Yoe: Canuckscorner.com When news broke that Roberto Luongo would be out of action due to a hairline rib fracture, Canuck Nation collectively were ready to hit the panic button. But thankfully, Andrew Raycroft has since pulled everyone back f

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Forsberg vs Sundin

With the Canucks amongst the fore runners courting Forsberg, there's been a lot of comparison between the success, or lack of, from Sundin, and what Forsberg will likely bring to the table. I for one was against Sundin for a whole whack of reasons, but did come around and realize that in the playoffs, especially against the Blackhawks when it mattered most, he was our best player on the ice. With that in mind, these top 6 forwards, that are just available, do not come along that easily. You're n

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Cory Schneider Breaks Through

Cory Schneider was sent down today to allow Luongo to get back in the lineup, but Cory on his trip up with the big team did something he's failed to do in all his other appearances. He shone. The goaltending prospect stood on his head to do everything he could to ensure a win for the Canucks and the Canucks let him down in his one and only showing against the Stars. Schneider likely won't have many other opportunities to impress, especially if Luongo stays healthy for the remainder of the

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