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Could The Injury To Ballard Make Vancouver An Even Stronger Team

Sometimes life seems to kick people when they are down by handing them another dose of bad luck. But then life is all about dealing with the good bad and downright terrible things that are often thrown at us. During the course of an 82 game NHL season each team will find themselves facing adversity. Take the New York Islanders who after having a few problems in net decided to claim Evgeni Nabokov off waivers only to have him refuse to play for the club. Or the Penguins who were relieved to get star Centre Evgeni Malkin back in the line up after a 5 game absence due to knee problems and sinus infection. Relief would have turned to dismay when the Russian tore the MCL and ACL in his kne...

Ballard Injured; Was it a dirty play?

There are only two certainties in life; death and taxes. And, well, the Canucks defence getting injured. Keith Ballard was the latest casualty of a depleted blue line that already boasts stud D-man Alex Edler. However, many fans of the Canucks, including Canucks GM Mike Gillis, felt that the play that got Ballard injured, was in fact a dirty one. If you didn't see the play, Senators forward Milan Michalek and Ballard were chasing the puck behind the Canucks net on Monday night. Ballard delivered a nice hit on Michalek, and then the two continued the chase to the corner. Thats when Michalek and Ballard got tangled up. Some would define it as "tangled", other, more passionate fans would...

Canucks come back in third, beat Blackhawks 4-3

The Vancouver Canucks showed why they are the top team in the NHL by beating the Blackhawks 4-3. It was an odd game with weird bounces, blown calls by officials, and a new art ross leader. First, Dave Bolland of the Blackhawks appeared to have scored the opening goal. However, officials deemed that Troy Brouwer was interfering with Vancouver netminder Roberto Luongo, and the goal was waved off. On further review, however, Brouwer was nowhere near interfering with Luongo. It was a horrible call, and one the Canucks capitalized on. Christian Ehrhoff fired a shot from the point. It went through traffic and beat Blackhawks netminder Marty Turco for the games opening goal, and his tenth of ...

Canucks rout Coyotes 6-0.

The Vancouver Canucks kept up their hot streak wednesday night, and Cody Hodgson scored his first NHL goal, as they destroyed the Phoenix Coyotes by an embarrassing 6-0 final score. The Coyotes seemed to have all the advantages going into the game; the Canucks had played the night before in Dallas, and because of bad weather, the Canucks hadn't even checked into their hotel room until 3 a.m. that morning. If they were fatigued, it didn't show. Alex Burrows opened the scoring a little under four minutes into the game on the first Canuck shot. Daniel Sedin intercepted a clearing attempt, then fired the puck in front of the net. Burrows, screening Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, tipped...

Dominance: Canucks Beat Stars Again

It was another night of special teams dominance for the Vancouver Canucks, as they defeated the Dallas Stars 4-1. Not only did the Canucks continue their red hot powerplay against the stars by scoring two PP goals, they also shone on the penalty kill, with Ryan Kesler scoring a shorthanded goal. With the win, the Canucks moved two points past the Philadelphia Flyers for top spot in the NHL with 73 points. The game opened up very slow and sluggish. The first period was a plodding, defensive struggle, with no team really outplaying the other. Cody Hodgson, the former first round pick who was surrounded by all types of hype coming into the game, had a terrific chance early on a pow...

Did Mike Gillis Jinx His Players?

Click here and enter the code "checkingline" to take advantage of this offer! --------------------- It’s bizarre how an innocuous comment, statement or sentence can sometimes come back and haunt a person. On January 11th 2011 the Canucks were due to start a 5 game road trip and had just won four of its previous 5 games, the only loss was in the shootout to an injury plagued Detroit side. Until this point in the season Vancouver had managed to only endure a few minor player injuries. A year earlier the team was struck by the injury bug that for a while meant that there were a total of eight players in the sickbay at any one time. Then on January 11th Mike Gillis recorded...

Canucks recall top prospect Cody Hodgson

The Canucks have recalled prospect Cody Hodgson from the Manitoba Moose. Hodgson, who just returned from injury after getting whacked in the face with a stick, will probably suit up Tuesday night in Dallas, although no word on what line he will be on. It's exciting news for a fanbase that has rabidly been awaiting Hodgsons arrival. He has tantilized with early success at the junior level, yet injuries have kept him from the Canucks roster for two years. Now, he has his chance to crack a Vancouver roster that has had difficulty with secondary scoring. Will Cody Hodgson have an Alex Edler-like debut for the boys from Van city? Or will it be more of a Sergei Shirokov? Tune in t...

Canucks Blue Line hurting.. again

So, today the Canucks announced that Alex Edler would potentially miss the rest of the season after requiring back surgery. So what else is new? The last four or five years have been a revolving door to the injury ward for Canucks defencemen, and this season is no different. Keith Ballard, Christian Ehrhoff, and Dan Hamhuis have already missed time with injuries this season, Sami Salo has yet to play this season, and the Canucks will now be without the services of Aaron Rome, Andrew Alberts, and Edler, who was the top pairing defenceman. Kevin Bieksa has only missed one game, due to the flu, but even he is nursing a swollen eye going into the allstar break. Abracadbra. All the...

Canucks V Predators Preview

Nashville (27.16. 6) Points 60 When these two clubs lock horns it will be the first of four meetings, last season both teams met on four occasions with each side winning a game at home and once on the road. Nashville took to the ice on Monday 24th January against the Flames, where they tried to extend their three game winning streak. Calgary had other ideas by handing the Predators a 3-1 loss. David Legwand got the lone goal for the visiting Predators, goalie Pekka Rinne made 24 saves but it wasn’t enough. This month Nashville currently has a road record of 6-3-0. A win would mean that they were just two points behind Central Division leading Detroit, also extending the lead they have o...

Vancouver destroys Dallas 7-1

Vancouver Canucks fans took a collective sigh. The Canucks shook off some rust, the players shook off some slumps, and the Canucks skated away with a 7-1 thrashing at the expense of the Dallas Stars. The Canucks came into the game with several players mirred in slumps. Mason Raymond hadn't scored a goal in twelve games, Mikael Samuelsson in fifteen, Dan Hamhuis in twenty five, and Alex Burrows in six. However, that all changed Monday night. Alex Burrows was the first to get the monkey off his back, as he unloaded a slapper 1:18 into the game. The puck dipped under Stars netminder Kari Lehtonen glove and into the back of the net. Surely, it was one Lehtonen should've stopped. He did m...