NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Thursday’s things to look out for in the Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks matchup. Van City just can’t figure this Sharks club out. Except in one area. Despite dominating Vancouver during their first two meetings this season the San Jose Sharks have yet to score a power play goal against the stingy Canucks. Roberto Luongo will need to be one of Vancouver’s best players tonight.
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.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Tuesday’s things to look out for in the Canucks vs. Phoenix Coyotes matchup. The Vancouver Canucks visit Mike Smith and the Phoenix Coyotes tonight for a battle between two of the Western Conference’s hottest teams. Coyotes will have their hands full tonight with Vancouver’s top trio of Ryan Kesler, Henrik Sedin, and Daniel Sedin
NWSB blogger & insider J.D. Burke explores Mike Santorelli’s early production and determines it’s sustainability and where it will land him, long-term, with the Canucks. Advanced stats, graphs and even ordinary stats are used to accurately display a picture of whether this season is a flash in the pan or the mean. J.D. argues that Santorelli is best suited for third line duties, and presents valid reasoning to boot.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the contracts signed by twins Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin this week for Van City. Ben points out a lot of that rejoicing is probably due to the fact that Henrik and Daniel have been, by far, the team’s best two forwards so far this season. Henrik has singlehandedly turned Ryan Kesler into a beast on the wing and Daniel is averaging a point a game.
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.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Wednesday’s things to look out for in the Detroit Red Wings vs. Canucks matchup. The Vancouver Canucks host the Detroit Red Wings tonight for their lone game of the season at Rogers Arena. While Thomas Holmstrom is long gone Roberto Luongo can expect a healthy amount of traffic crossing through his crease again tonight against the pesky Red Wings.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges gives us a look into the future, wondering if the team, specifically Henrik Sedin, Ryan Kessler and Daniel Sedin, can sustain as the 2013-14 NHL season progresses. Before we get ahead of ourselves and declare the decisions to bring in Tortorella and retain Roberto Luongo as the pinnacles of Mike Gillis’ career, let’s remember that dreaded phrase ‘sample size’.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the team’s longest road trip of the season — one that can be considered a resounding success. Ryan Kesler was the most noticeable he’s been in a while, and while playing alongside Henrik Sedin helps, so does six goals and three assists. Just like Kesler, Kevin Bieksa had a bit of a rough start, but he was flying for most of the road trip. Roberto Luongo was also a big difference maker.
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.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone is back to give you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from Vancouver’s win over the N.Y. Islanders. The Vancouver Canucks escaped another close game on Tuesday beating the New York Islanders in overtime thanks to the late heroics of Kevin Bieksa. Sunday in Columbus Jeremy Welsh, Tom Sestito, and Dale Weise combined for only 12:17 of ice time. Tuesday Andrew Alberts (Vancouver’s 12th forward) and Tom Sestito combined for only 3:07 on the ice.
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.