Odds of winning Stanley Cup: 14 to 1 (Bodog.net)
The same odds as the defending champion Los Angeles Kings.
Last time in playoffs: 2011-12
The Canucks met an ignominious end, ejected in the first round by the Kings after posting the league’s best regular-season record. This season marks the Canucks’ fifth consecutive Northwest Division title – with nothing to really show for it.
Last Stanley Cup win: Never
It is the root cause of the psychic malaise suffered by all long-time Canucks fans. The Canucks have made the Cup final three times, most recently choking in 2011. After leading that best-of-seven series 2-1 and 3-2, they were humiliated in Game 7 on home ice, shut out 4-0 by the Bruins. A riot ensued, to bookend the riot after the 1994 final loss to the New York Rangers.
How much for scalped tickets?
Scalped? Demand for the Canucks has sunk after playoff failings and a so-so regular season. As of midday Monday, just hit up Ticketmaster.ca for overpriced playoff tickets at face value. About 400 tickets, mostly above-face value, remained on StubHub.com. The Canucks claim the longest “sellout” streak in the NHL, 430 games at the 18,910-capacity Rogers Arena. Regardless, there have been lots of empty lower-bowl seats this season, even if they might have been paid for.
Biggest watering hole
There is no one true go-to booze can. Shark Club on West Georgia Street near the arena is loved by some due to proximity. Two Parrots Perch and Grill on Granville Street gets raucous with cheap beer. Out of downtown, St Augustine’s on Commercial Drive is a favourite and, farther afield, Schanks at the Starlight Casino in New Westminster is another packed house with its 120 TV screens.
How to recognize a true fan
Sports a Harold Snepsts jersey (possibly game-worn). Can tell the Sedin twins apart. Believes, deep down, the hockey gods angrily conspire against their team. Insists the rioters in expensive Canucks jerseys in 2011 are not “real” fans. Considers Trevor Linden a personal hero.
Fan-favourite player: Cory Schneider
In a city known as a goalie graveyard, the current fashion is to love backup-turned-starter Schneider, made to be the latest anointed saviour, replacing the last such man, who went from exalted hero to bum (Roberto Luongo).
Sixty-watt bulbs, maybe. Actor Pamela Anderson, local girl made good, was spotted a number of times in the early season, when she may or may not have been dating one of the defencemen.