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 storylines he’s watching for and delivers his winning gameday tips for the Canucks vs. Sharks game Tuesday night. He says in the Canucks power play hasn’t been given many opportunities over the last few games, even still it, when they’ve had the man advantage they haven’t capitalized on the chances they have had. Chris Higgins, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin must step up!
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Bryan McFarlane weighs in with his Nucks three stars post. Here are the few noteworthy performers from Feb 18th – Feb 25th during the Canucks 2013 campaign. Daniel Sedin, Kevin Bieksa, and Henrik Sedin make Bryan’s list. Bieksa netted 2 goals this week while the Sedins combined for 4 goals and 7 assists.
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 Canucks vs. Blackhawks game Tuesday night. He says in order to win, the Canucks must get scoring from David Booth. Booth’s return brings some speed and scoring back to the line up.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the win on Saturday night over the Flames. Richard says right as the Canucks are hot, they have a lot of time off. They don’t play again until Tuesday against Minnesota and after that next is Friday against Dallas. Mason Raymond took a puck to the face in the first period.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the win on Monday night over the Oilers. Richard says in this game for about 58 minutes, the Vancouver Canucks slogged through a muddled effort that looked like they had left their skateguards on. The Oilers were just flying. One big negative. When Ryan Kesler and David Booth get back, Chris Higgins will find himself squeezed out of the top six. Nice goal Chris Tanev.
Our man Mitch D. one of our NWSB insiders and Canucks bloggers weighs in with his January 2013 edition of Nucks All Access..the plus & minus report. On the plus side. What a pleasant surprise Jordan Schroeder has been. He hasn’t been lighting it up, in fact he only has one point, but he’s been a solid player when called upon to play. Zack Kassian in seven games is leading the team in goals with five. Negative. Chris Higgins has been the biggest dud so far.
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 second game of the California swings vs. the San Jose Sharks. The Canucks will need the likes of Mason Raymond to stay hot tonight, especially if the game takes on a run and gun style. Zack Kassian continues to impress playing along side Daniel and Henrik Sedin.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the win on Friday night in a shutout over the Anaheim Ducks. A nice win by the boys. Hilarious thoughts tonight. It could have been 6-0? Chris Higgins was invisible again? Or maybe, that Jordan Schroeder guy seems short. We should fix that says Richard. Meanwhile Mason Raymond is having a shockingly productive start.
The NWSB staff weighs in with their 2013 Vancouver Canucks season player and team predictions. Next up is blogger Kevin Vanstone. The Nucks are very similar to the team we witnessed fall to the LA Kings last April. While the lockout has changed the landscape of the 2013 season significantly, the core personnel in Vancouver remain the same. Kev says Henrik Sedin will edge out his brother Daniel Sedin for the clubs top goal scorer again.