ICYMI…Canucks vs. Sharks: Van finally grab a win in San Jose

Nice to see the Canucks' resiliency on display

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 San Jose Sharks. The Canucks played one of their best games of the season on Thursday, taking down the San Jose Sharks for the first time in ten games. Roberto Luongo got the win. Chris Higgins is playing like a man possessed.

Gameday Skate: Canucks visit Sharks for third meeting of the season

Jannik Hansen

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.

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

Coyotes vs. Canucks

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.

Gameday skate: Canucks in Phoenix for battle with Smith & Coyotes

Mike Santorelli Thomas Greiss

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

Where does Mike Santorelli fit long term with Van City?

Mike Santorelli Thomas Greiss

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.

Henrik & Daniel get equal contracts but Canucks get unequal returns

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

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.

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.

Gameday skate: Red Wings visit Canucks for rare Western Conference clash

Detroit Red Wings v Vancouver Canucks

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.

Are the Vancouver Canucks sustainable?

The Canucks are the seventh best possession team at evens

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’.

Vanalysis: Gill and Torts excellent adventure

Ryan Kessler

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.

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.

ICYMI…Canucks vs. Islanders: Van City escape OT in exciting 5-4 win

Chris Higgins

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.

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