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State Of The Canucks – Weekly Notebook | October 13

Road struggles

In the middle of two back-to-back games against the Flyers and Red Wings this week the Canucks face a tall task in Detroit Thursday following a track meet of a hockey game Wednesday.

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Claude Giroux and the Flyers jumped to the early lead and never looked back, continuing a troubling trend for the Canucks.

No amount of talent can save a team spotting the opposition a first period goal (or three) night in and night out.

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Henrik and Daniel Sedin continue to have no trouble leading the Canucks’ attack, but if the team is to find itself in the win column more often a full sixty minute effort will be necessary.

The Canucks attempt to split their back-to-backs at 5:00 PST Thursday, not 4:30 as previously scheduled.

Around the Community

The NHL schedule is a funny thing, with three days off following the Canucks’ home opener versus the Penguins one would assume teammates would keep to the ice to stay fit during a young season; however Dan Hamhuis, Manny Malhotra and their families had other plans last Friday at Edmonds Community School in Burnaby.

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Next Up: Vancouver vs. Detroit

The group were on-site at Edmonds to visit a special school assembly and contribute to the installation of a new playground at the facility.

The team may be having a slow start to the season on the ice, but in the community the Canucks have taken a huge stride in the right direction to start the season demonstrating to the community what the Heart of a Canuck is all about.

“It is a privilege to play hockey and live in this city, so it is important for us to touch those around us in a position way,” said Dan Hamhuis Friday.

In the Infirmary

Henrik Sedin showed no signs of injury in Vancouver’s 5-4 loss to the Flyers Wednesday following a hit from behind thrown by Marc Methot earlier this week.

Marco Sturm took a maintenance day alongside Henrik on Tuesday, but played 10:49 against the Flyers in another quietly dismal performance.

Ryan Kesler will not play on the Canucks’ current road trip but will attempt to make his return sometime after the team returns home to face the New York Rangers on Rick Rypien night Tuesday.

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Next Up

Vancouver vs. Detroit Preview
When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, October 13, 2011
Where: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan 

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