NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck brings us up to speed on the storylines he’s watching for and delivers his winning gameday tips for the Wild vs. Canucks game Monday night. The Canucks just need to score a lot and often tonight and from here on out! The season is more than half done and the Canucks are dangerously close to being on the outside looking in. Roberto Luongo will start. YES. Even on Cory Schneider’s birthday.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck brings us up to speed on the storylines he’s watching for and delivers his winning gameday tips for the Predators vs. Canucks game Thursday night. These two teams are known for putting teams to sleep and winning games by one goal. According to Jeff Patterson, it looks as if Kevin Bieksa will be back in the lineup tonight, making either Andrew Alberts or Cam Barker a healthy scratch.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger C-Mac weighs in on the Canucks finally winning a game thanks to an iffy goal by Mason Raymond. He also ponders what to do with Coach Alain Vigneault. He says Vancouver in particular appears more anxious behind the bench. Watch Coach Vigneault these days as he spends more time frantically berating the officials over perceived injustices than concentrating on creative game planning.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger C-Mac weighs in on the overachievers and underachievers in Van City. Keith Ballard looked like he had it all sorted out at last, skating well and moving the puck crisply, then Chris Tanev moved up in the defence pairings and the familiar error prone Ballard was once again back in the Coach V doghouse. Kevin Bieksa is the one defenseman who has been steady on both ends of the ice.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck brings us up to speed on the Canucks current goaltending controversy. Isn’t there always a goaltending controversy in VanCity? Seems like it. Roberto Luongo vs. Cory Schneider. Who has the hot hand Mitch asks? Seems like LU right now. Whether that is Schneider or Luongo, we’ll have to wait and see, at this point it may literally be “one day at a time, one game at a time”.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger C-Mac says for all the criticism thrown at him, the slick haired Roberto Luongo has been one of the better Canucks players in 2013 and after 6 games projects professionalism. He takes a look at the best and the worst of the Canucks line-up so far. Zack Kassian, Luongo, and Chris Tanev make the “good list”. Dan Hamhuis, Jason Garrison, and Manny Malhotra make the “naughty’ list.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck weighs in today on how rookie center Jordan Schroeder is doing after 4-5 games of 2013 NHL action. The Canucks and more importantly Alain Vigneault have really let Schroeder get his feet wet so far this season. The Return of Ryan Kesler and David Booth could change his icetime, but we have no idea when to expect those two back. The roster will be interesting moving forward.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck reports today on the news that the VanCity Canucks are on the road for the first time this season. It’s the California swing. Three games in four night. Coming off his first win of the season against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night, Cory Schneider will get his first consecutive starts of the season. Manny Malhotra is home with his new child, Andrew Ebbett slots in on the wing on the 4th line.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck reports today on the rivalry between the Canucks & the Calgary Flames. Mitch points out that rivalries are few and far between in the northwest division anymore. He fondly remembers the Jarome Iginila vs Trevor Linden April 5th, 2008 game. It was Linden`s last game and Iginla scored his 50th goal of the season, received an unusual ovation from the people in General Motors place.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “the Flying V” Vanstone tells us the Nucks have a bunch of question marks when it comes to Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider. Schneider failed to deliver the opening night performance general manager Mike Gillis was hoping for as he attempts to deal away Vancouver’s more expensive goaltender.