Written by Dani Toth | 17 April 2012


Who is starting tomorrow? Luongo? Schneider?

Will we see both back next season or just the one that starts tomorrow?

Great read by Jason Botchford of The Province on this topic. Go read it and then come back and we'll toss around a few questions.

A few months ago I could not see a situation where Cory Schneider could be back in Vancouver next season. I was convinced that he would be traded at the draft to Tampa or Florida or Toronto or another city who needs a starting goalie (and there are a few). I was convinced that not only did Cory want to be a starter, that he would was to start making some money and those two factors would not allow for him to remain in Vancouver.

But what if this could be possible?

Is it possible now that Cory could sign a larger contract in Vancouver and continue to split the net with Roberto? I used to think that the Canucks couldn't afford him but think about how much money they spend on Keith Ballard and just end up scratching him during the season. They keep a lot of money on extra d-men that they don't play that could be redistributed to #35. If there is a will and he accepts taking on shared goaltending duties, there could be a way.

Or what if he becomes the starter in Vancouver? Yes I just wrote that. Last season even with the meltdown of Luongo and the vitriol being directed his way, I don't think fans could have pictured him actually being traded. This time round with Schneider posting better stats the outrage wouldn't be there.

Whoever AV starts tomorrow will leave a lot of questions for the summer. If that goalie happens to win tomorrow it will make this discussion even more interesting. no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 16 April 2012


Kings up 3-0 in the series after the 1-0 win.

The loss hurts and there's very little to say other than the Kings put in another solid effort tonight. More thoughts tomorrow but these next two days off will be brutal. no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 15 April 2012

How are you feeling about this series right now?


Are you a bottle half empty or half full kind of person? Or was it completely empty on Friday night?

I'm not suggesting that drinking a bottle of booze is the answer to the 66% of the people who were cited in this CTV article about how Canucks fans aren't optimistic about the Canucks' chances in this series being down 2-1, but maybe it will help. At least then you'll be able to join in on my blogger friend The Royal Half's drinking game for this series. Huzzah!

But let's be serious, do we need a clinical psychologist's opinion on how we feel about being down 2-0? You take yourself too seriously Vancouver.

And you people on twitter being douchebags to the LA fans on twitter just because we are losing takes yourself too seriously. Maybe you should find another hobby to direct your hate that doesn't involve you getting retweeted by @LOLVancouver

For the next four days our boys' new arena to come back in will be here in sunny California.


An hour before puck drop, just imagine this plaza filled with Canucks fans.

With the Canucks getting away from Vancouver without Daniel Sedin, these next two games could be the end of the series and maybe AV's job here. But it's California, so maybe we need to lighten up a little because they do things a little differently there.

The Fame Makers with the Los Angeles Kings - watch more funny videos

If Mike Richards rapping "wristshot, slapshot, backhand, goal!" (there's even a t-shirt you can buy here), didn't make you smile, then maybe this photo of Dustin Brown will:


Getting warmer?

Continue after the jump...
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Written by Dani Toth | 14 April 2012

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Written by Dani Toth | 12 April 2012


Losing hurts but the Kings outplayed the Canucks. Mike Richards was a beast and the Kings' forecheck was unstoppable. Even if their PP sucked they still dominated the majority of the game.

No need to panic though, it's only Game 1.

If you missed this on twitter, quality trolling by the Kings twitter:

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Written by Dani Toth | 12 April 2012

Byron Bitz got a 5 minute boarding major and a game misconduct for this hit on Kyle Clifford.

Brutal hit and even as a Canucks fan I'll say that it was uncalled for. No word on anything from the NHL yet, but I'm assuming he'll have a hearing tomorrow. no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 11 April 2012


Now that we got that out of the way, I only have to wait 6 more hours until puck drop. Which clearly means the next 6 hours feel like 10 years.


For tonights game please check out the opposition blogs found on the right panel ->

But as you know my favorite enemy blog the I have had the pleasure attending a Canucks-Kings playoff game is the venerable The Royal Half

As with any enemy blog, anticipate being felt insulted and maybe even a little hurt if you decide to pay their blog a visit. It is expected that you will read at least 57 Sedin Sister references and at least 10 riot jokes each day. Don't worry, it's par for the course as us we Canucks bloggers will over-use the words threesome, regicide and Kingslayer for the next week and a half.


The keys for the game?


I know this may come across as obvious, but look at who is in net at the other end. Quick has had a hart-trophy deserving season so tonight's game may end up being a 1-0 game.

An even better strategy than some scoring some goals would be to score the 1st goal and then go from there. If only 1 goal is scored tonight, it better be by Vancouver. I have a feeling that Higgins, Booth or Kesler is going to be huge in this series until Daniel come back to the top line.


As for the Daniel Sedin return, like everyone else I have no idea when he will play but my expert guessing says Game three.

Puck drop is at 7:30

Go Canucks

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