Know Your Enemy: Bucking the Broncos

Russell Wilson, Danny Trevathan

NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke breaks down the Denver Broncos, and shares some insight on their road to the Super Bowl. What makes their offensive juggernaut tick is also explored. Can the Seahawks come away with the Super Bowl? While the Denver Broncos defense doesn’t get an awful lot of credit, they are still a force to be reckoned with. Terrance Knighton is going to give Max Unger, JR Sweezy, James Carpenter, Paul McQuistan fits.

Canucks to Sign Vinny Prospal to a PTO

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke breaks down the news that the Vancouver Canucks have signed Vinny Prospal to a PTO. The 16 year veteran is due to play with the Utica Comets at first, but could eventually join the Canucks later on. In Prospal’s last season with Columbus, he tallied 12 goals and 18 assists, for a total of 30 points.

The Canucks have interest in Ryan O’Reilly?

Ryan Oreilly

NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at the rumours surrounding the Vancouver Canucks interest in Ryan O’Reilly, and whether they can acquire him or not. The bidding war, contract, and viability of such a move are all looked at in-depth. The package would likely include one of the Canucks young prospects, like Gaunce or Nicklas Jensen, and maybe even a mid-round draft pick.

Stats Don’t Lie; Seahawks to play for NFC Championship

It's time for the Seahawks to go Beast Mode

NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at the stats from Saturday’s divisional round match against the New Orleans Saints to see which Seahawks stood out the most. Marshawn Lynch, Kam Chancellor and Michael Bennett all had great games for the 12th man. Individual achievements aside, this defense as a whole can take a lot of pride in their performance Saturday.

On the Canucks newly found mean streak

Hamhuis

NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke weighs in on the antics surrounding last night’s game with the Los Angeles Kings, and provides insight on the Canucks newly found mean streak. The good, the bad and the ugly… it’s all there, in detail, for your reading pleasure. The Sedins not only aren’t fighters, but they shouldn’t have to be.

Know Your Enemy: The New Orleans Saints

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke dissects the New Orleans Saints, so as to better prepare you for the Seattle Seahawks match with them Saturday at Century Link Field. Detailed are not only how the Saints got to this point, but how exactly the Seahawks can beat them.

The Canucks Fan Olympic Primer

Canucks-Olympians

NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at both former and current Canucks to provide you with a comprehensive primer for the upcoming 2014 Olympic games in Sochi, Russia. Players are listed by status within the organization and nation to provide the perfect Vancouverite’s guide to 2014 Games.

Does Dan Hamhuis Belong on Team Canada?

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke takes a lot at whether Canucks defenceman Dan Hamhuis has a shot at making the Canadian Olympic hockey team. Compelling arguments are raised, while an interesting case is presented; the problem being, Canada just has a lot of really darn good defenceman. Hamhuis is in tough.

Is Chris Tanev having a breakout season for Van City?

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at the breakout campaign that Christopher Tanev is in, and muses on whether the Canucks can expect more from their young, undrafted defenceman. He’s playing the toughest competition of his career, mostly with Dan Hamhuis, and holding his own quite well. His offensive upside is looked at, as Tanev is on pace for the best season offensively of his young career as well.

Vancouver has a Zack Kassian conundrum

The smartest Vancouver Canuck there ever was!

NWSB Blogger and Insider J.D. Burke offers his opinion on the Zack Kassian conundrum and argues that he should be the recipient of better ice-time, with better line-mates. The numbers suggest that Kassian, while not necessarily a possession stud, doesn’t drag down Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin when asked to line up alongside them. For this reason and many more, that’s where he should land. Read on, for more.

Forced into the spotlight on Monday night: Byron Maxwell

Healthy and playing well, Maxwell picked off a Stanton pass.

NWSB Insider and Blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at Byron Maxwell’s rise to prominence as the Seahawks get ready to face the New Orleans Saints in prime time. The implications of recent suspensions to members of Seattle’s defensive backfield are looked at in full in this piece that showcases Maxwell’s numbers. JD points out there is a lot to like in Maxwell’s game, but his ability to not give up the play is paramount.

Good News! The Canucks will turn it around!

San Jose Sharks v Vancouver Canucks - Game Five

NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at the Vancouver Canucks underlying numbers and determines that they are a considerably better hockey team than their record would indicate. Using possession metrics and graphs, J.D. shows that the Canucks have actually been controlling play for the majority of this streak and by all means should turn it around and work their way back into the playoff picture. Get it in gear Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler.

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