NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the LA Kings win over the Canucks on Saturday night. Ben says It’s time to put Zack Kassian with the twins and see what happens. He also points out of course, John Tortorella is doing the Sedins no favours by continuing to pair them with Jannik Hansen.
NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks as they remain in search of their first win of the calendar year tonight as they visit the dominant Anaheim Ducks. Roberto Luongo was the Canucks’ best player on Saturday, but was unable to keep the Kings at bay with only a one-goal lead to work with. Luongo stopped 46 of 48 shots faced last night and has certainly earned a night off after a solid performance despite the loss.
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.
NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks who host the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight to begin the new year with game 42 of the regular season. Eddie Lack is expected to make the start in his third game in four nights tonight against the Lightning. Roberto Luongo was seen practicing with the Canucks early today but isn’t expected to be ready.
NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks who host the Philadelphia Flyers in their second and final meeting of the season tonight at Rogers Arena. Look for Eddie Lack to continue to prove himself in Roberto Luongo’s absence tonight against the Flyers.
NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks who will be looking to bounce back against the Chicago Blackhawks tonight after being soundly beaten last night in Big D. After replacing Roberto Luongo in the crease last night in Dallas speculation has circulated that backup Eddie Lack will get the start tonight for the Canucks.
NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks vs Dallas Stars tonight in Texas in their first game back since having the team’s eight-game unbeaten streak snapped in Minnesota. He points out David Booth has elevated his play since returning from an AHL conditioning stint in Utica, and says the trio of Ryan Kesler, Chris Higgins, and Mike Santorelli have spent plenty of time carrying the team.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Tuesday’s things to look out for in the Canucks vs. Minnesota Wild matchup. After closing out an undefeated five-game home stand the Canucks will take to the road to face the Wild tonight at the Xcel Energy Center. Chris Higgins has been one of the hottest Canucks during the month of December.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Steve Lee weighs in with his Nucks three stars post. Here are the few noteworthy performers from the last 10 games during the Canucks’ 2013/14 campaign. Ryan Kesler, Jason Garrison, Mike Santorelli, are the 3 starts this week. Considering he is in a contract year, Santorelli is making a strong argument towards Mike Gillis and the Canucks front office to think twice when it comes to the offseason signings.
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.
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.
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.