Archive for April, 2009

Canucks tickets selling fast

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Round 2 schedule announced, Canucks tickets selling fast

With the defeat of the New York Rangers, the Calgary Flames, and the San Jose Sharks over the last two nights of the first round of the playoffs, the schedule for round 2 has finally been revealed, including game dates and times. The wait for this announcement was long overdue for teams who were able to sweep their series, such as Boston, Detroit, and Vancouver; the long break plays a large role in the upcoming round because of its ability to throw momentum, rest players, and downright transform the strategies devised by the coaching staff who may not have gotten the matchup they were planning for. As far as the matchups are concerned, the Eastern and Western teams look likeĀ  this: Boston vs. Carolina; Washington vs. Pittsburgh; Detroit vs. Anaheim; Vancouver vs. Chicago.

Aside from on-ice changes caused by the break, the difficulty of scheduling and planning ticket sales was also increased due to the wait. While Vancouver Canucks tickets did go on sale, any details surrounding the date, time, and opponent were all still unknown, and were only released to the public last night upon Carolina’s win over New Jersey when the NHL released the final schedule. Despite the lack of information, tickets for all four Vancouver home games went on sale and seemed to move even faster than the first round tickets, even with the increase in price from round to round. However, like the opening games of the first round, the market is being flooded by sellers looking to make a quick buck, and not enough buyers are willing to consider the inflated prices. This current trend of slow sales is resulting in the readjustment of the market, meaning tickets are becoming more affordable while demand for them remains high.

To ensure you get a seat to one of the second round games, you better act fast. The Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Black Hawks series begins tomorrow at 6PM PST, with the other three beginning in the following two days. To see the schedule in it’s entirety, check out NHL.com’s Round 2 schedule.

Canucks’ round 2 opponent still up in the air

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Having been the first team to complete a sweep of their series in the first round of the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs, accompanied by Boston and Detroit, the Vancouver Canucks have been rewarded with a lengthy break between rounds, as well as a mystery round 2 opponent. Having ended the series with the St. Louis Blues in just four games — a feat the Canucks have never accomplished as a franchise before — the Canucks are placed in a position that could be debated as working for or against them: does the break between rounds allow the Canucks to rest up and prepare for round 2, or does it destroy their momentum and remove them from the rhythm of the game?

However, the bigger question on most people’s minds is which team the Canucks are even preparing for. The answer to that question lies in the results of two series that are still underway: the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks, and the Chicago Black Hawks and Calgary Flames. Because of the makeup of the playoff tree, points from the regular season still count towards the second round of the playoffs. This means that since Detroit, the second seed in the West, has won its series, it will face either Vancouver or Anaheim because of their respective places in the Western Conference.

Because Anaheim is currently leading the series with top seeded San Jose, Vancouver fans are hoping for them to continue their success, leaving them to play Detroit at the start of round 2, and allowing Vancouver to face the winner of the Calgary/Chicago series. Although the placing of teams in the standings does not always reflect the would-be success of either team (one need only look at San Jose’s performance against the eigth placed Anaheim Ducks), theorhetically it would be more favorable to the Canucks to be playing either the Flames or Black Hawks. However, at this point all the Canucks can do is prepare for their next round and wait for the outcome of these last few round 1 games.

Flames re-ignite their playoff hopes

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

The Calgary Flames opened their 2009 first-round playoff series with the Chicago Blackhawks rather poorly, failing to impress in the first two games, leading to a 2-0 series deficit. Their lack of aggressive play and the inability to harness their veteran supremacy over the young Chicago team quickly dampened the Flames’ fire, a situation they hoped would reverse when they returned to home-ice in games three and four.

The Flames did just that, pleasing their fans in the Pengrowth Saddledome with a 4-2 win over the Blackhawks, cutting their series lead to 2-1, and reinvigorating the downtrodden Calgary team. All it took was the “C” of Red’s display of support, and the understanding that the team has to play more physical in order to win the puck, and eventually the game. Their drive for the puck is reflected in the physicality of their game, having made 30 hits in game 4 (two times as many as Chicago) and giving up only four penalties, the Flames proved to be a hard-hitting and disciplined veteran team.

Although they gave up three unanswered goals in the second period after going ahead 4-1, the Flames rallied their efforts and took back the lead halfway through the third off a goal from Eric Nystrom, and an empty-netter by Jarome Iginla with 11 seconds left in the game. This win brings with it a lot of momentum for the Flames as they head back to the “Windy City” for game 5 in the hopes to steal the series lead.

Game 5 will be played on Saturday at 7:00 PM PST.