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.

Gameday skate: Canucks continue road trip opposite the Islanders

It's been a good week in Vancouver (Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press)

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Tuesday’s five things to look out for.The Vancouver Canucks play vs. the NY Islanders. Following a pair of weekend losses the Canucks continue their seven-game road trip tonight against the struggling Islanders. New York native Chris Higgins is expected to play in front of a gang of familiar fans tonight at Nassau Coliseum as the forward visits home. Roberto Luongo will be back in net.

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.

ICYMI…Canucks vs. Sabres: Van City cruise to comfortable win

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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 Buffalo Sabers. The Vancouver Canucks dominated the Sabres on Thursday, controlling play at both ends of the ice and benefiting from a couple bounces on the way to a comfortable 3-0 win. Roberto Luongo was solid. Nice to see Chris Higgins coming alive, and Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler looked good 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.

ICYMI…#Canucks vs. Flyers: Van City escape Philly with a pair of points

Canucks vs. Oilers April 4

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 Philadelphia Flyers.The Vancouver Canucks slipped by the Philadelphia Flyers in a sloppy 3-2 win on Tuesday, taking advantage of a lucky bounce and some timely third period points to earn a win to start their seven-game Eastern road swing. Roberto Luongo got the win, Ryan Kesler scored the all-important game-winning goal. Go Nucks!

In praise of Mike Santorelli, the Canucks’ human Swiss Army knife

Santorelli has already bested his point total from last season

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone checks in with his with a Version 2 of the Mike Santorelli nw athlete profile blog. When Mike Santorelli first signed with the Canucks during the off-season he was expected to fight for a spot on Vancouver’s third or fourth line, and yet only six games into the season the Burnaby, BC native seems to have played everywhere up and down the lineup.

Six games in…Early season underachieving Vancouver Canucks

Higgins vs. Dallas

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka weighs in with his analysis on the 2013 underachieving Canucks players thru 6 games. Roberto Luongo, Dan Hamhuis, Ryan Kesler, Chris Higgins all make Ben’s list. All the noise that Kesler was talking about before the season about how he’s healthy and ready for a big year has proven to be nothing but a whole lot of hot air so far. He’s also a team worst -5 and has taken some pretty stupid penalties.

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

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.

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