NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Thursday’s things to look out for in the Canucks vs. Nashville Predators matchup. The Canucks are in Nashville looking to close out their four-game road trip with a win over the Predators after splitting a pair of afternoon games over the weekend. After an exciting start to the season Jason Garrison has settled in as one of Vancouver’s best offensive defenceman. Roberto Luongo will be back in net tonight.
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.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Thursday’s things to look out for in the Canucks vs. Ottawa Senators matchup. After struggling to get things going at home the Canucks are back out on the road to take on the Sens in the nation’s capital. Craig Anderson is expected to start opposite Roberto Luongo tonight in a matchup of goaltenders trending in opposite directions.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges wonders aloud where the team can go from here. As the memories of that long road trip and the dominance of the Sedin/Kesler line fade, the Vancouver Canucks are stuck in a rut of playing well, but not good enough to win. It’s a familiar feeling over the past few years.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Mitch Dyck breaks down the Canucks after the 20 game mark in the 2013/14 season. The indifferent? Zack Kassian has been frustrating to watch all season. Flashes of brilliance coupled with prolonged periods of looking lost and like nothing more than a fourth liner. How much longer is Alex Burrows going to need to shake off the rust? $4.5 million dollars is a lot of money for a good work ethic and solid effort.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck weighs in with his thoughts on Mike Gillis possibly going after Martin Erat. You probably cringed as you read that. If you didn’t you’re one of the few who assumes that the Washington Capitals are shipping the disgruntled forward out-of-town and taking back a terrible contract, perhaps David Booth? Is this a player that the Canucks want in their locker room?
Vancouver Canucks blogger & insider J.D. Burke examines whether it would be a worthwhile endeavor for the Canucks to try and trade for Martin Erat of the Washington Capitals. Under the right circumstances, such a deal could work, but the question of whether it is worth while or not is explored in depth. His Corsi Rel. (which is his Corsi relative to the team without him on the ice) is 2.4%, which suggests he’s not a possession liability to his club.
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 loss to the LA Kings Monday night. The Canucks closed out their six-game home stand with one of their best games of the stretch but failed to take two points away from the Los Angeles Kings on Monday. Jason Garrison saw some time on the team’s top unit but needs to be used more effectively moving forward.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Chicago Blackhawks win over the Canucks on Saturday night. Ben calls out Dan Hamhuis, Zach Kassian, and Alex Burrows. As Ben put it, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were noticeable the entire game and had genuine scoring chances. Watching a guy like Duncan Keith play last night is proof of just how far away Hamhuis is from wearing the red and white.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Florida Panthers win over the Canucks on Tuesday night. Ben calls out Alex Edler, Ryan Kesler, Zach Kassian, and the brothers Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin. As Ben put it, Roberto Luongo was really the only player on Vancouver that brought his working boots on a night when the Canucks played one period it’s easy to lay the blame.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Dallas Stars win over the Canucks on Sunday night. Ben calls out Coach Tortorella. The Sedins (Henrik Sedin & Daniel Sedin) and Ryan Kesler have dried up and there is literally no one there to pick up the slack. It’s not like a guy like Jeremy Welsh even got a chance…Alex Burrows has no goals in 10 games and a guy making $4.5 million. Chris Higgins is working out there but he’s just not producing.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka weighs in this AM with some possible Canucks trade acquisitions. The biggest problem facing the Canucks this season is the same issue that has shown up the last two years in the playoffs – not enough goals. He targets Wayne Simmonds, Steve Ott, Tomas Fleischmann, Scottie Upshall, and Marcel Goc. Assets to leave could be David Booth, Chris Tanev, Zac Dalpe, Jeremy Welsh and Dale Weise.