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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us tonights five things to look out for. The Vancouver Canucks will look to get back into the win column tonight against Montreal Canadiens as they continue their early season road swing tonight on Hockey Night In Canada. Mike Santorelli has been one of the Canucks’ most consistent players to start the season, and has been rewarded with a starting spot alongside Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin tonight

Canucks beat Flames because of turnovers, not the Sedin split

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone checks in with his keys to a Canucks victory from Saturday night. It took only three games for John Tortorella to split up Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin, but the move wasn’t quite the stroke of brilliance many fans have labelled it as. The results were impressive, and yet they had little to do with the line adjustment, and a whole lot more to do with the terrible state of the Calgary Flames.

Stars of the weekend: Canucks dominate Alberta teams (again)

It's all up to Eddie tonight at Rogers Arena.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka weighs in with his 5 players & reasons the Canucks swept the Flames & Oilers over the weekend. Ryan Stanton has done everything the Canucks have asked of him and was rock solid against Calgary & Edmonton. Jason Garrison. He’s done everything the Canucks have asked of him and was rock solid. John Tortorella’s coaching tactics. He got his first win. He’s off to a nice start.

2013/14 Canucks predictions: Team leaders and player props

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V’ Vanstone tells us with a new coach, a new team philosophy, and a new starting goaltender, this year’s edition of the Vancouver Canucks may not resemble what fans have come accustomed to with Alain Vigneault behind the bench, but with change comes unbridled optimism. With that being said, below are my predictions for the 2013-14 season. News flash Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin will lead Van City again.

Mike Gillis and the art of the press conference

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Travis Erbacher brings us a good read about Mike Gillis and the art of the press conference. His brashness and honest ways have earned him notoriety en route to highlighting his biggest failure so far: the Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider situation. The place where Mike Gillis really fell apart will always take people back to this debacle.

2013 Fantasy hockey radar: Vancouver Canucks edition

Zack Kassian should be fresh in his first regular season action tonight against the Habs.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger is here to fill that void that has been empty for months: fantasy. You don’t even have to look outside of the Canucks roster to draft, either! Between Alex Burrows, Alex Edler, Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Kevin Bieksa, Ryan Kesler or Roberto Luongo, you can’t go wrong. Happy drafting and may the hockey gods favor you Vancouver Canucks fans. Remember, if in doubt grab Pavel Bure.

Mike Gillis’ best moves five years into his tenure

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Alex McPhee is back again, this time taking a deeper look at the top five moves that Canucks GM Mike Gillis has made during his tenure in Van City. If you remember, Gillis was originally an agent who had the like of Markus Naslund and Pavel Bure under his thumb. So he was no stranger around these parts to begin with. But our Alex takes a closer look at some of the moves like Chris Tanev, Max Lapierre, Jordan Schroeder, and Nicklas Jensen, etc.

Finding a Fit: Remaining Free Agents and the Canucks

Off season possibilities for the Canucks - Photo: National Post

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Alex McPhee is back again, this time taking a look at which free agent forwards may be a good fit for the Canucks. With names such as Mikhail Grabovski, Damien Brunner, Brendan Morrow and Brad Boyes available, there are definitely some intriguing options out there. Adding any of these pieces could prove to be valuable, or could also just as easily flop.

PEDs in sports: Why the focus on the MLB?

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NWSB Insider and blogger Alex McPhee wonders why there is such a focus on PEDs in baseball and not in other sports. Focusing on the recent bans players such as Jesus Montero received for their involvement in Biogenesis, Alex compares suspensions and PEDs in baseball to football, and later, hockey. Compare the suspensions for banned substances to those of NFL, where the standard seems to be 4 games, a la Bruce Irvin it seems to be viewed as a much harsher crime in baseball.

What are the keys to having a successful 2013-14 season?

No more sitting on the bench for this talented goaltender.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Alex McPhee is back again, this time with a piece about the keys to success for the Canucks in the 2013/14 season. This offseason is sure full of uncertainties for the Canucks and their fans. A new coach, the wrong goalie traded, and now a game outdoors? Is this too much for the team to take? Alex says if they stick to his points of interest they will come away looking like a damn good hockey club.

Who are the next frontline forwards for the Canucks?

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Alex McPhee poses a good question involving the future of the Canucks – who will be the next frontline forwards in Vancouver? The Henrik Sedin & Daniel Sedin are entering the later stages of their career and the team has Bo Horvat, Nicklas Jensen, Zack Kassian, Hunter Shinkaruk and Jordan Schroeder and others waiting for their chance to crack the first line.

Where do we go from here? Possible directions for the Canucks

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NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks blogger Travis Erbacher weighs in on the future of the Vancouver Canucks. With three alternate endings straight out of a choose your own ending book, Travis gives us what could possibly happen in the very near future here in Van City. A what happens if look at the upcoming season, and the potential free agents around the league. Also what to expect from Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin?

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