Gameday skate: Canucks visit Devils for early season rematch vs. Schneider

Cory Schneider, Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Thursday’s five things to look out for.The Vancouver Canucks play vs. the New Jersey Devils. The Canucks will face a familiar foe in Cory Schneider again tonight as they visit the New Jersey Devils for an early season rematch. Alex Burrows participated in a full skate with the Canucks today and could make his return to the lineup tonight against his old teammate. David Booth is expected to start tonight’s game.

10 Games In…The 2013 Vancouver Canucks

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges breaks down the beginning of the season for the Vancouver Canucks. Through 10 games, the team is 5-4-1. It’s not a great start, but the team has shown potential. Mike Santorelli has started hot, Henrik Sedin is putting the team on his back and Jason Garrison is behind only PK Subban in the defensive scoring race. All that said, Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler have been struggling offensively, while Dan Hamhuis has looked sluggish and possibly hurt.

Ryan Kesler: Wingman or Centre?

Ryan Kesler

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka weighs in with his analysis on the 2013 Canucks and what John Tortorella should do with Winger, no center Ryan Kesler. The big issue is that putting Kesler on the wing takes away one of the Canucks better face off men and likely the team’s most defensively responsible forward. Here are a few pros and cons for #17 lining up on the wing. For as good as Kesler is defensively, he’s got great offensive sense too.

Gameday Skate: Canucks visit Cody Hodgson’s Sabres for first time

Zack Kassian approves of his team's work in the community.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us tonights five things to look out for. The Vancouver Canucks will visit an old friend for the first time tonight as they take on Cody Hodgson and the struggling Sabres at First Niagara Center. Kev points out Dan Hamhuis has had a rough start to the season, but only recently has it become evident that Hamhuis is playing through some sort of ailment.

Gameday Skate: Things to watch for in Canadiens vs. Canucks matchup on HNIC

Canadiens vs. Canucks

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

Predictions for an unpredictable 2013 Canucks season

Off season possibilities for the Canucks - Photo: National Post

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges weighs in with with things reasons why this will…or won’t be a great and epic 2013 season for the Van City Nucks. Richard asks where will it all go wrong? He points out it could be all downhill IF Ryan Kesler is a shell of his former self; David Booth is a shell of his former self; and Zack Kassian is a shell of his current self. Can John Tortorella bring this team back? Can Roberto Luongo? Time will tell…

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.

Who will play on the Canucks third line?

Booth had a completely clean sheet against the Stars

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Travis Erbacher gives us a look at which players could be rolled out by Torts as third-liners in the 2013/14 NHL season. Travis brings you predictions for his scoring line, safe line and “beat-em-up line. You will have to read the piece to see if you either agree, or disagree with these choices.

David Booth hopes to be ‘third try lucky’ for Van City in 2013

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges talks about David Booth and how he needs to prove himself to the organization and fans in 2013/14. Originally coming to Vancouver in a move that saw many fans applaud the front office, Booth has failed to live up to the hype and has been somewhat injury-riddled, leading many to cast him off as a bust. Will 2013/14 be the year he finally proves himself?

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.

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.

Why keeping David Booth might actually work out for Van City

David Booth

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ Blogger J.D. Burke talks about David Booth and why the move by Mike Gillis — largely considered his last — could eventually work out for the Canucks. In his first two seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, Booth has struggled mightily to stay on the ice and has done his absolute best to annoy the fan-base off it. Could things change in the near future?