The Vancouver Canucks 2010/2011
After being ousted from the playoffs by the Chicago Blackhawks for the second consecutive season, the Vancouver Canucks are hoping to make some noise this year. That could be easier said then done for the Canucks, as they haven’t been past the second round of the playoffs since 1993-94 when they lost to the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup final. To this end, the Canucks added defensemen Keith Ballard and Dan Hamhuis, as well as veteran role players Manny Malhotra and Raffi Torres.
Scoring is definitely a strength for Vancouver, as only the Washington Capitals scored more goals last season. Henrik Sedin had a career year scoring 29 goals and 112 points on route to his first Art Ross and Hart Trophies. He accomplished this despite playing without twin brother Daniel for 19 games. For his part Daniel still had 29 goals and 85 points in only 63 games. When healthy, both Sedins’ should be able to challenge for the league lead again. The Canucks also enjoyed break out seasons from Ryan Kesler (25 goals, 75 points), Alexandre Burrows (35 goals, 67 points), Mikael Samuelsson (30 goals, 53 points), and Mason Raymond (25 goals, 53 points). Malhotra and Torres should be good additions to join Jannick Hanson for added scoring from the bottom six forwards. Also look for top prospect Cody Hodgson to be watched closely. The former top CHL player of the year missed all but 13 games last season and will likely start the year with the Manitoba Moose. If he can show he’s ready and over his injury problems expect Vancouver to find a spot for him with the big club.
This is the year Roberto Luongo needs to show what he’s really capable of. While he has always shown flashes of greatness, he has been incredibly inconsistent since joining Vancouver. Despite winning 40 games last season he posted a .913 save percentage, his lowest since being a New York Islander. He also led Canada to a gold medal at the Olympics despite looking quite shaky at times. It should help him without the added responsibilities of being team captain. Cory Schneider will back Luongo up, giving Vancouver a fairly solid tandem.
All of Canada could be watching the Canucks with interest as the team with the best chance of bringing the Stanley Cup back to Canada, a drought of 17 years that dates back to the 92/93 Montreal Canadians. And after witnessing the gold medal in 2010, Vancouver fans have gotten a taste for the celebration that would follow. It has created a buzz in the city that could very well carry the team to its’ first Stanley Cup. The biggest key will be Luongo. If he can find the consistency to play at his best level through the entire playoffs then Vancouver will be celebrating again in 2011
SCHEDUAL VISITOR HOME TIME
Tue, 22 Feb 2011 Canadien Canucks 7:00pm
Thu, 24 Feb 2011 Blues Canucks 7:00pm
Sat, 26 Feb 2011 Bruins Canucks 7:00pm
Tue, 1 Mar 2011 Blue Jackets Canucks 7:00pm
Thu, 3 Mar 2011 Predators Canucks 7:00pm
Sat, 5 Mar 2011 Canucks Kings 1:00pm
Sun, 6 Mar 2011 Canucks Ducks 5:00pm
Tue, 8 Mar 2011 Canucks Coyotes 6:00pm
Thu, 10 Mar 2011 Canucks Sharks 7:30pm
Sat, 12 Mar 2011 Canucks Flames 7:00pm
Mon, 14 Mar 2011 Wild Canucks 7:00pm
Wed, 16 Mar 2011 Avalanche Canucks 7:00pm
Fri, 18 Mar 2011 Coyotes Canucks 7:00pm
Wed, 23 Mar 2011 Canucks Red Wings 4:30pm
Fri, 25 Mar 2011 Canucks Thrashers 4:30pm
Sun, 27 Mar 2011 Canucks Blue Jackets 5:00pm
Tue, 29 Mar 2011 Canucks Predators 5:00pm
Thu, 31, Mar 2011 Kings Canucks 7:00pm
Sat, 2 Apr 2011 Oilers Canucks 7:00pm
Tue, 5 Apr 2011 Canucks Oilers 6:00pm
Thu, 7 Apr 2011 Wild Canucks 7:00pm
Sat, 9 Apr 2011 Canucks Flames 7:00pm
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