Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the win on Monday night over the Oilers. Richard says in this game for about 58 minutes, the Vancouver Canucks slogged through a muddled effort that looked like they had left their skateguards on. The Oilers were just flying. One big negative. When Ryan Kesler and David Booth get back, Chris Higgins will find himself squeezed out of the top six. Nice goal Chris Tanev.
Our man Mitch D. one of our NWSB insiders and Canucks bloggers weighs in with his January 2013 edition of Nucks All Access..the plus & minus report. On the plus side. What a pleasant surprise Jordan Schroeder has been. He hasn’t been lighting it up, in fact he only has one point, but he’s been a solid player when called upon to play. Zack Kassian in seven games is leading the team in goals with five. Negative. Chris Higgins has been the biggest dud so far.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the win on Wednesday night over the Avalanche. Richard says we’re going to turn this into a goaltending controversy. Roberto Luongo vs. Cory Schneider is going to make a major distraction. There’s going to be a lot of uncertainty until this is settled. What exactly do Alain Vigneault and Mike Gillis have up their sleeves? We’ll know eventually.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck brings us up to speed on the storylines he’s watching for and delivers his winning game-day tips for the Avalanche vs. Canucks game tonight. He expects the special teams to get running, to win the defensive battles and for Van City to score early and often. Jason Garrison hasn’t been able to hit the net, Alex Edler has struggled periodically. They must be better tonight. “Bring their A Games!”
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger C-Mac says for all the criticism thrown at him, the slick haired Roberto Luongo has been one of the better Canucks players in 2013 and after 6 games projects professionalism. He takes a look at the best and the worst of the Canucks line-up so far. Zack Kassian, Luongo, and Chris Tanev make the “good list”. Dan Hamhuis, Jason Garrison, and Manny Malhotra make the “naughty’ list.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the loss on Monday night to the LA Kings. Richard says the Canucks have a reputation for diving, which is weird because they don’t have either Anze Kopitar or Dustin Brown. Why’d Van City lose? Aside from Alex Edler’s two goals in the first two games, he and Jason Garrison have been black holes of offence.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the win on Friday night in a shutout over the Anaheim Ducks. A nice win by the boys. Hilarious thoughts tonight. It could have been 6-0? Chris Higgins was invisible again? Or maybe, that Jordan Schroeder guy seems short. We should fix that says Richard. Meanwhile Mason Raymond is having a shockingly productive start.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the win on Wednesday night in a shootout over the Calgary Flames. Cory Schneider yielded five goals on 14 shots in a season-opening loss to Anaheim on Saturday. Recalled from Chicago of the American Hockey League on Tuesday, 2009 first-round pick C Jordan Schroeder had 19 shifts in his NHL debut.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck reports today on the news going on in Nucks land after 2 games of the 2013 shortened season. The downside. Andrew Ebbett. For Mitch Ebbett has been non-existent, both at five-on-five and on the power play. He’s a -1 and has no shots on goal. Mitch thinks its early but says we got to see a little bit of what Zack Kassian can bring to the table.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the loss on Sunday night in a shootout to the Edmonton Oilers. Internally, I can’t imagine this weekend changed anything for the Canucks’ long-term goaltending plans. Publically, however, it’s open season on the Roberto Luongo vs. Cory Schneider conversation.
The Vancouver Canucks opened their 2013 training camp over the weekend, beginning a six-day sprint towards opening night on Saturday. While the absence of Ryan Kesler in Vancouver’s top-six provides opportunity for forwards to embrace new roles up front, the Canucks appear to have little room for competition on the blue line.
The NWSB staff weighs in with their 2013 Vancouver Canucks season player and team predictions. Next up is blogger Richard Hodges. As always Richard is very honest. He points out the Canucks are the two-time reigning President’s Trophy champions and they have all that high-end talent and Roberto Luongo could return something very nice but this feels like a trap year to him.