Gameday skate: Canucks continue road trip opposite the Islanders

It's been a good week in Vancouver (Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press)

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Tuesday’s five things to look out for.The Vancouver Canucks play vs. the NY Islanders. Following a pair of weekend losses the Canucks continue their seven-game road trip tonight against the struggling Islanders. New York native Chris Higgins is expected to play in front of a gang of familiar fans tonight at Nassau Coliseum as the forward visits home. Roberto Luongo will be back in net.

Gameday skate: Canucks in Pittsburgh to take on Crosby and the Penguins

Roberto Luongo finally speaks out - Photo: Jeff Vinnick

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Saturday’s five things to look out for.The Vancouver Canucks play their first afternoon game of the season Saturday opposite Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. While Roberto Luongo will be carrying a shutout into Saturday’s game against the Penguins he and the Canucks are well aware that Thursday’s victory over the Sabres will be nothing compared Saturday morning.

ICYMI…Canucks vs. Sabres: Van City cruise to comfortable win

Chris Higgins

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone is back to give you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from Vancouver’s win over the Buffalo Sabers. The Vancouver Canucks dominated the Sabres on Thursday, controlling play at both ends of the ice and benefiting from a couple bounces on the way to a comfortable 3-0 win. Roberto Luongo was solid. Nice to see Chris Higgins coming alive, and Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler looked good too.

Gameday Skate: Canucks visit Cody Hodgson’s Sabres for first time

Zack Kassian approves of his team's work in the community.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us tonights five things to look out for. The Vancouver Canucks will visit an old friend for the first time tonight as they take on Cody Hodgson and the struggling Sabres at First Niagara Center. Kev points out Dan Hamhuis has had a rough start to the season, but only recently has it become evident that Hamhuis is playing through some sort of ailment.

ICYMI…#Canucks vs. Flyers: Van City escape Philly with a pair of points

Canucks vs. Oilers April 4

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone is back to give you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from Vancouver’s win over the Philadelphia Flyers.The Vancouver Canucks slipped by the Philadelphia Flyers in a sloppy 3-2 win on Tuesday, taking advantage of a lucky bounce and some timely third period points to earn a win to start their seven-game Eastern road swing. Roberto Luongo got the win, Ryan Kesler scored the all-important game-winning goal. Go Nucks!

In praise of Mike Santorelli, the Canucks’ human Swiss Army knife

Santorelli has already bested his point total from last season

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone checks in with his with a Version 2 of the Mike Santorelli nw athlete profile blog. When Mike Santorelli first signed with the Canucks during the off-season he was expected to fight for a spot on Vancouver’s third or fourth line, and yet only six games into the season the Burnaby, BC native seems to have played everywhere up and down the lineup.

Gameday Skate: Canucks start eastern road swing versus the Flyers

Canucks Girls

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us tonights five things to look out for. The Vancouver Canucks open a seven-game road trip tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers after jumping out to a .500 record over their first six starts. Tough guys Zac Rinaldo and Jay Rosehill are expected to play in tonight’s contest. Calling all Vancouver enforcers. Dale Weise, Tom Sestito, and Zack Kassian.

Gameday Skate: Things to watch for in Canadiens vs. Canucks matchup on HNIC

Canadiens vs. Canucks

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us tonights five things to look out for. The Vancouver Canucks will look to get back into the win column tonight against Montreal Canadiens as they continue their early season road swing tonight on Hockey Night In Canada. Mike Santorelli has been one of the Canucks’ most consistent players to start the season, and has been rewarded with a starting spot alongside Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin tonight

Gameday Skate: Things to watch for in Sharks vs. Canucks rematch

Dan Hamhuis will have a steady, productive season on Vancouver's blue line in 2013.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us tonights five things to look out for during tonight’s early season rematch between the San Jose Sharks and the Vancouver Canucks. Dan Hamhuis has caught the ire of many Canucks critics to start the season, but if you’re a fan of the fancy stats you know Hamhuis is consistently one of the team’s best skaters. Slow and steady wins the race has traditionally been Roberto Luongo’s modus operandi…

Gameday skate: Things to watch for in Devils vs. Canucks matchup

Cory Schneider, Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us tonight’s game between the Canucks and Devils marks the return of Cory Schneider to Rogers Arena, and after a year of goaltending controversies and trade speculation between he and Roberto Luongo will allow the fans to finally see two of the league’s most familiar goaltenders go head-to-head. Jaromir Jagr will be in town as well. His last time here.

Canucks beat Flames because of turnovers, not the Sedin split

Lockoutsedins

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone checks in with his keys to a Canucks victory from Saturday night. It took only three games for John Tortorella to split up Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin, but the move wasn’t quite the stroke of brilliance many fans have labelled it as. The results were impressive, and yet they had little to do with the line adjustment, and a whole lot more to do with the terrible state of the Calgary Flames.

Gameday Skate: Things to watch for in Canucks season opener vs. Sharks

Garrison has been solid for the Canucks so far this season.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us today the Vancouver Canucks open the 2013-14 season tonight against the San Jose Sharks, the same club that ended last year’s quest for the Cup. Kev says we all know that Roberto Luongo takes a while to get into the groove to start an NHL season, but could Vancouver’s undisputed #1 say goodbye and good riddance to bad luck to begin 2013?

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