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State of the Canucks – Weekly notebook | February 3rd

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The NHL All-Stars were out to shine over this past weekend in Ottawa and four of the Canucks’ best enjoyed time in the nation’s capital to showcase their talent on the big stage.

Alex Edler and Cody Hodgson may not have lit the city up during Saturday’s skills competition, but their twin teammates did manage to salvage the weekend with a pair of pretty plays alongside team captain Daniel Alfredsson.

Alfie and the Sedins united in an effort to feed the hometown hero the puck during the All-Star game; however the trio fell short of earning an MVP trophy for their home country after Marian Gaborik fired home a first period hat trick, sealing MVP honours.

Around the (Home) Rink

Following a poor performance in the NHL All-Star skills competition, youngster Cody Hodgson rediscovered his shot after returning to the comfort of Rogers Arena and his many helpful teammates.

Hodgson roofed a crucial tying goal in the third period against the Blackhawks earlier this week, pushing the Canucks to overtime in a hard-fought 3-2 victory.

The Canucks’ win over Chicago marks the halfway point in a dangerous Western Conference showcase this week, playing back-to-back games against the best the conference has to offer.

After Cory Schneider earned the start against the Blackhawks to begin the week, Roberto Luongo is expected to start Thursday’s matchup with the Detroit Red Wings.

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State Of The Canucks February 3rd

Luongo was solid in the crease during a feisty pre-Christmas clash between the Canucks and Red Wings and can expect to be busy in the blue paint against Thomas Holmstrom and the master crease crashers from Detroit.

While no “GRRreat SAVE Luongo” calls will be heard from Rogers Arena on Thursday, Jim Hughson’s contribution to Canucks hockey will never be forgotten.

Earlier this week Hughson and four other deserving candidates including former players Scott Niedermayer and Rob Brind’Amour were announced as the 2012 inductees to the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame.

In the Infirmary

The Canucks enter Thursday’s game against the Red Wings boasting a lineup almost too healthy for the middle of the NHL regular season.

Andrew Ebbett is the only Canuck on the shelf due to injury and will miss his ninth game on Thursday out with a Collar bone injury.

Despite the current state of health and happiness surrounding the Canucks, will GM Mike Gillis still search for additional defensive depth as the trade deadline approaches?

In The Community

The Canucks for Kids Fund – The Fund dedicates resources to assist charities who support children’s health and wellness, foster the development of grassroots hockey, and facilitate and encourage education in British Columbia. more here

Canucks Yearbook – The 2011.12 Yearbook is now available! The Official Vancouver Canucks yearbook is a glossy, high-quality, collectors’ book for the 2011.12 season including player profiles and team statistics, along with highlights from last year’s winning season.

Pick up a copy at your favourite newsstand or call 604-299-2116 to order.

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Whats On Tap This Week?

Schedule/Results

NEXT 5
Date vs Last Meeting
2/4/12 @COL 6-0 12/6/11
2/7/12 @NAS 5-6 12/1/11
2/9/12 @MIN 3-0 1/4/12
2/11/12 @CAL 1-3 12/23/11
2/13/12 PHO 5-0 11/25/11

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