Gameday Skate: Canucks host Wild as trade deadline looms

Chris Tanev makes his return to the lineup tonight at Rogers Arena.

NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks. Eddie Lack will receive his second consecutive start tonight after a solid performance Wednesday in a 1-0 win over the Blues. After a mediocre start to the season the Minnesota Wild have been making hay in 2014, putting together a 12-4-2 record since the calendar flip. Chris Tanev is expected to return to the lineup.

Gameday skate: Canucks host Blues as teams begin playoff push

Vancouver needs to turn it around next game. (Darryl Dyck/CP)

NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks. After backing in to the Olympic break the Vancouver Canucks must begin to turn their season around tonight against the St. Louis Blues. Ryan Kesler is expected to miss tonight’s game, while Kevin Bieksa (bruised foot) and Henrik Sedin (ribs) are game time decisions.

Why next season should be on Canucks fans minds

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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.

Is Chris Tanev having a breakout season for Van City?

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at the breakout campaign that Christopher Tanev is in, and muses on whether the Canucks can expect more from their young, undrafted defenceman. He’s playing the toughest competition of his career, mostly with Dan Hamhuis, and holding his own quite well. His offensive upside is looked at, as Tanev is on pace for the best season offensively of his young career as well.

Nucks Ryan Kesler plays all the right notes in Music City

Kesler was outstanding against Nashville

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,

Where do the Vancouver Canucks go from here?

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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.

Make a deal Mike! Gillis needs to act now!

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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.

Canucks blame game: Yotes win 3-2 in the post-game skills contest

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Phoenix Coyotes win over the Canucks on Tuesday night. Ben calls out Chris Tanev. He needs to make up his mind about blocking shots. The Coyotes first goal was entirely on him and he’s been screening Roberto Luongo. Is it just Ben or has Ryan Stanton been the best story for the Canucks so far this year? No more Sedins on the penalty shot please! Hell put Zac Dalpe in there.

Canucks blame game: Wings win 2-1

The only Canucks that seemed to be awake for this later than usual game were the Sedins and Luongo.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Red Wings win over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night. Ben understands Torts decision to play his top players a lot but its October and I don’t think this amount of playing time is sustainable. Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin are 33 not 23 and they need to save something for the playoffs (where they usually suck anyways). Ben says Roberto Luongo kept this game close.

Shot blocking and all it can do for the 2013 Canucks

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Vancouver Canucks insider and blogger J.D. Burke weighs in on the early progress the Canucks are making, as they adjust to a new system and the physical commitment required from it. Blocked shots are looked at in depth, as statistics from this season and last are used to find out where the Canucks are at this season. With John Tortorella, shot blocking has been a hot topic of conversation in Van City. EH? Alex Burrows & Roberto Luongo.

Gameday Skate: Things to watch for in Canucks season opener vs. Sharks

Garrison has been solid for the Canucks so far this season.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us today the Vancouver Canucks open the 2013-14 season tonight against the San Jose Sharks, the same club that ended last year’s quest for the Cup. Kev says we all know that Roberto Luongo takes a while to get into the groove to start an NHL season, but could Vancouver’s undisputed #1 say goodbye and good riddance to bad luck to begin 2013?

Canucks make final 2013 opening night roster cuts

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone is back today to tell us the Vancouver Canucks have made another round of cuts following last night’s final pre-season game against the New York Rangers. Bo Horvat and Hunter Shinkaruk are in. Both Horvat and Shinkaruk can play up to nine regular season games with the Canucks before the team will have to decide whether they are sent back down to junior or remain with the team for the season.

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