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Canucks Broadcasters Know More Than You

03/07/2011 at 3:55pm EST

Prior to yesterday’s game against the Ducks, John Shorthouse predicted Cory Schneider’s shutout. Did you? Probably not. He’s just smarter than you.

On the other hand, if Sportsnet made a habit of posting video on the front page of their site pointing out all the times they were wrong about stuff, it’d be more impressive. (God knows, I’ve paid the price for plenty of my erroneous predictions over the years.)

[Updates Below—Ducks goalie Dan Ellis offers his assessment of the Canucks]

In other Canucks news, Mason Raymond’s injury makes for some juggling in Vancouver. Ed Willes at The Province:

[If] Raymond misses any length of time, it will make things interesting for the Canucks.

As things stand, injured defenceman Kevin Bieksa would have to be moved to long-term injury reserve (LTIR) to give the Canucks the necessary cap space to call up a player from Manitoba.

Cody Hodgson would seem to be the most likely choice but grinding winger Victor Oreskovich is another option.

Update11:50am PT: From Jason Botchford:

Canucks recall victor Oreskovich today, after mason Raymond suffered a stinger against anaheim

Back to last night, as I’ve mentioned, I’ve only been back to watching the Canucks games obsessively for just the last couple weeks so everything old is a bit new (to me) again. And if I’d forgotten how great I thought Jannik Hansen was in the old days, I’ve been reminded again lately. Never takes a shift off and always quietly does a killer job.

A friend said to me that he believes Hansen is the unsung hero of the team, and based on what I’ve seen so far, I’d have to agree.

Any other votes? And do they make baby-sized Hansen sweaters? That might be Lucy’s first unless someone convinces me otherwise.

Update 12:15pm PT: From Eric Stephens at the OC Register:

Ducks goalie Dan Ellis was asked for his assessment of the Canucks and he offered some praise, although that was qualified by saying that “after watching the way we played tonight, I wouldn’t say they’re any better than us.”

“They’ve got good depth and they play their system very well,” Ellis said. ”I think they manage the puck well. They don’t beat themselves. They don’t try little fancy plays at the blue lines where a lot of times that’s where turnovers are created that give the other team an opportunity to get a transition going. They don’t do that.

“They play a deep game. They get the puck out of their zone. They’re strong on the walls and they’ve got a good defense corps and a good group of forwards. Two good goalies. They’re a very sound squad.”

Hamhuis signed a big free-agent contract last summer after spending his career with some competitive Nashville teams that couldn’t find postseason success. He’s hoping these Canucks are set up to contend for a Cup.

“It’s one of the best teams I’ve ever played on,” he said. ”It’s real deep from top to bottom. Defense. Goaltending. I think that’s the type of team you need to be successful in a long season and a long playoff run.”

One other thing Stephens mentions in his article is the Canucks crowds in Anaheim last night. “Quite frankly, it looked like the thousands of Vancouver Canucks fans that were at Staples Center and Honda Center this past weekend were having themselves quite the party.”

Indeed, as you can see in this video (found via Canucks Hockey Blog):

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