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 Ben Lypka breaks down the Minnesota Wild win over the Canucks on Tuesday night. Ben calls out Roberto Luongo, Dale Weise, and John Tortorella. Vancouver still managed a point in this snoozer and that’s really all that matters. They played well enough to win and a timely save by Luongo and we’re talking about the winning streak extended another game.
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 Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Saturday’s things to look out for in the Canucks vs. Boston Bruins matchup. The Canucks host the Bruins in their long-awaited return to Rogers Arena tonight over two years after their victory in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Final. Roberto Luongo will return to the crease after a shutout last night vs. Edmonton.
Ben Lypka our Vancouver Canucks insider and NWSB Blogger weighs in today with an opinion piece on the Canucks 2013 Stanley Cup fortunes. He says just wait till next year! I’d say the writing was on the wall when Vancouver refused to keep any of their young talent even for a seven game test drive at the start of the season. One of Bo Horvat, Hunter Shinkaruk or even Brendan Gaunce should have been given at least a short look. Next year is promising.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Monday’s things to look out for in the Canucks vs. Carolina Hurricanes matchup.The Canucks will go for their fifth-straight win tonight as the Canes hit town for their lone visit of the season. Manny Malhotra is in town. Not to be outdone by Roberto Luongo Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner earned the NHL’s first star of the week
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 and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Canucks win on Tuesday night vs. the Nashville Predators. Jason Garrison picked up a pair of assists but had nearly six minutes of time on the power play and used his cannon to fire out six shots. Ryan Kesler was outstanding against Nashville and he wasn’t even playing a regular shift with Henrik Sedin & Daniel Sedin. Now, the Canucks return home, which could be a good or a bad thing,
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.