Erik Gudbranson's suspension points to the lack of depth on the Canucks blue line.
Erik Gudbranson's suspension points to the lack of depth on the Canucks blue line.
The Canucks take on the Boston Bruins tonight and will be going with the same line up (and lines) as Tuesday.
Anders Nilsson stopped all 32 shots he faced last night in a 3-0 win over the Ottawa Senators. As well, the Canucks debuted a new look power play and it paid instant dividends.
It looks like Andrers Nilsson will make his season debut for the Canucks tonight. Meanwhile, Erik Karlsson will be playing for the first time this season for the Ottawa Senators.
Travis Green shuffled his forward lines at practice today, putting Granlund between the Sedins, Burmistrov between Baertschi and Boeser, and Horvat between Gagner and Vanek. Also, the Canucks signed 2017 2nd round draft pick Jonah Gadjovich to a 3-year entry level contract. And I say goodbye to a dear friend.
Alex Edler out 4-6 weeks, Derek Pouliot draws in.
Did you know that only one Canucks d-man played all 82 games last year?
Boeser got a point but the Canucks did not.
Who will step up and make an impact? The Canucks will need guys to step up if they are hoping to win the tight games.
Stand down, Canucks fans!
Brock Boeser will make his much-anticipated season debut tonight vs. the Winnipeg Jets.
The Vancouver Canucks are 46 games into their season and in the thick of the playoff race in the ho hum Western Conference.
In this episode of Clay's Canucks Commentary, I explore 5 reasons why the Canucks are still in the playoff hunt.
Wow...I haven't posted here in 4 years!
As the team passed the mid-way part over the weekend, I handed out letter grades to each player. There's an A for Horvat, and A- for Miller, and a bunch of Bs and Cs.
Take a look and let me know what you think!
For my first Clay’s Canucks Composition of 2013, I assembled four of the most talented Canucks fans around to put together a song to mark the start of the shortened 2013 season. Thus, I’m thrilled to present to you Season of Cup (based on Seasons of Love from RENT).
You’ll likely recognize most of the singers in this fun video. Marie Hui helped me with my Canucks Medley in November 2011 while Arielle Tuliao and I got together for Don’t Stop Believing back in April for the Canucks’ playoff run. I’ve been wanting to get these two amazing ladies together for a collaboration and I’m thrilled we made it happen!
The guys aren’t too shabby either. Joseph San Jose is the star of all of my Canucks Christmas carols, and my good friend Gary de Guzman has one of the most pure voices around.
Put the four of them together (with me pounding on the piano) and you get a powerful anthem for the Vancouver Canucks as they look to get back to the Stanley Cup.
This is Our Team, Our Way...and Our Time.
PS: See if you can figure out the “one hundred seventy-two thousand eight hundred seconds” part.
For this special edition of Clay's Canucks Commentary, I pull a few friends together for the 3rd annual Canucks Christmas Carol.
Once again I am joined by my friends Joe, Oggy, Jason, Pat and the foreign exchange student Kevin. Kevin came all the way from overseas to watch some hockey but he gets something else instead.
Last year we put together the Bieber-inspired "
For this year, we do our version of the classic "This Christmas". Merry Christmas!
In my final regularly-scheduled CCC for the 2011-2012 season, I take a quick look at the disappointing end to the Vancouver Canucks season; a season that ended with 2 - 1 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings handily won the series 4 games to 1.
I share some quick thoughts on what issues the Canucks will have to tackle in the off-season and I also draw comparisons to the ending of this year's playoff run to last year's ending.
Thank you to all of you, the faithful viewers of these video blogs. I appreciate all of the comments, feedback, suggestions, and encouragement. See you next season and Go Canucks Go!
The Vancouver Canucks may be down but they’re certainly not out of their first-round NHL Western Conference quarterfinal playoff series with the Los Angeles Kings. Despite the Canucks’ victory on Wednesday night, they are still behind 3 games to 1.
With Game 5 Sunday night at Rogers Arena, the Canucks should be able to feed off a loud and raucous crowd. It’s time for Canucks fans to unite and get the behind the blue and green!
I brought in my good friend: the lovely and talented Arielle Tuliao to help me express this notion in song: Don’t Stop Believing!
The Vancouver Canucks earned their first victory of the 2012 NHL postseason with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings still lead the series 3 games to 1.
Inspired by the return of Daniel Sedin, the Canucks went 2 for 3 on the powerplay while goaltender Cory Schneider was solid again in net.
The Canucks have more confidence and a smidgen of momentum heading back to Vancouver for game 5 on Sunday night. However, it will still be an extremely difficult task to come back and dethrone the Kings.
With a 1-0 victory in Game 3, the Los Angeles Kings have taken a stranglehold over the Vancouver Canucks in their first-round NHL playoff series as they lead the series 3 games to none.
Looking ahead to Game 4 on Wednesday night, the Canucks will need to come up with their most inspired effort of the season and somehow find a way to solve Jonathan Quick.
I appeal to all Canucks fans (both loyal ones and bandwagoners) to stick with the team and stand behind them. It's not over 'til it's over...despite the seemingly insurmountable odds.
And I apologize for wearing Kings colours for this video...talk about bad timing.
The Los Angeles Kings have taken the first two games of their playoff series with the Vancouver Canucks by posting consecutive 4-2 victories at Rogers Arena.
In game 2 on a freaky Friday the 13th, the Kings' special teams play was indeed special as they scored 2 short-handed goals and 1 power play goal. Meanwhile, the Canucks went 0 for 5 with the man advantage.
Now the Canucks have the daunting task of winning 4 out of the next 5 games. Is it possible? Or course. Is it likely? Even as the most loyal (yet rational Canucks fan)...that ones' tougher to answer.
Game 3 goes Sunday night in LA.
Here's my first playoff CCC...unfortunately after a 4-2 Los Angeles Kings victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The Kings played a very disciplined and smart game and were full value for the win.
Birthday boy Alex Burrows was quite prominent: he scored the game's first goal and was also on the receiving end of a couple of massive hits.
I'll be going to game 2 on Friday with my wife Gail and I'm looking forward to a better effort and positive result.
I'm always fascinated by the national anthems at sporting events. A good anthem can get the crowd engaged and excited even before the opening face-off, kick-off, or tip-off. Conversely, a poor rendition can leave both players and fans distracted and confused.
Starting tonight, for Canucks games that I'm at, I will be scoring the national anthems in 5 key categories:
5. Crowd Involvement
I'm looking forward to having some fun with this. Follow me @canuckclay and look for #clayanthemanalysis
This CCC also includes bonus footage of my sons Sean and Jake singing O Canada back in 2006.
Just 5 days after being traded to the Buffalo Sabres, Cody Hodgson returned to Rogers Arena to face his former team. Buoyed by a quick start, the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5 - 3.
Zack Kassian, the player that Hodgson was traded for, had a monster game tallying a goal, an assist, and 7 hits in just under 11 minutes of ice-time. Also, David Booth (my favourite player) had a strong game, scoring 2 of the team's 3 goals.
As you will see from the interviews, fans in Vancouver are split on the trade. One thing's for certain: fans will be keeping their eye on both of these players and on future match-ups between these 2 teams.
With the Vancouver Canucks' thrilling 4-3 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings, the Canucks ended Detroit's impressive 23-game winning streak at home and pulled within a point of Western Conference-leading Red Wings (and with a game in hand).
Despite the Canucks' great play of late, they were still named as the Most Overrated Team in the recent NHLPA Player Poll conducted by Hockey Night in Canada.
In this Clay's Canucks Commentary, I look at some of the reasons why the Canucks are deemed to be overrated...and I bring in my buddies Joseph, Oggy, Jason, and Patrick to help me express it in song.
Sorry...our famous foreign exchange student Kevin is not in the video...he is back visiting his parents in Japan.
My son Sean and I took in the festivities at the Richmond Olympic Oval for the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada celebration on Saturday, February 11, 2012.
We were able to witness a celebrity ball hockey game, some junior hockey, street hockey, NHL awards, NHL Hall of Fame exhibit and much more. We also met Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, legendary broadcaster Jim Robson, and Captain Canuck himself, Trevor Linden (look for a video blog soon on http://www.canuckshockeyblog.com)
I, along with the Canucks Hockey Blog crew, interviewed many attendees at the event and ask them: What is your favourite hockey memory?
In this CCC, I share some of my pics from the event as well as my own favourite hockey memories.
I would love to read or watch some of yours...so post a reply below!
The NHL held its annual All-Star game this past weekend in Ottawa, with Team Chara defeating Team Alfredsson (with 3 Canucks) by a score of 12-9.
The All-Star festivities kicked off with the Draft on Thursday night in which San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture was selected 38th overall...or last. While some people dismissed it as no big deal, in this CCC I argue that it is indeed a big deal to be picked last, even if it’s from a pool of 40 elite NHL players.
Through it all, Couture handled it with dignity and class and we can all look forward to many great years ahead from him.
Also, I will likely leave you yearning for more Marie Hui and less of me as I start this CCC off with my rendition of Vanessa Williams’ “Save the Best for Last”.
I took my family to the annual Vancouver Canucks Superskills event at Rogers Arena and was generally entertained by all of the events: puck control relay, fastest skater, shooting accuracy, hardest shot, and breakaway challenge (footage included in video).
As I was watching however, I started to think of ways the Canucks could keep this event fresh and it dawned on me that they could add a bunch of new events.
Imagine contests for Hardest Hipcheck, Shot Blocking, Spitting, and Best Hairdo...the possibilities are endless.
See what a few of my friends and family members proposed...along with their predictions as to who might win.
Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments!
As the Vancouver Canucks kick-off a 6-game home-stand, they welcome forward David Booth back to the line-up after he missed 6 weeks with a knee injury.
Booth gives the Canucks more scoring depth, more flexibility, and reunites the American Express line (Booth, Higgins and Kesler).
Booth has quickly become my favourite player, and I can't wait to see what he brings with his return.