Vancouver Canucks – 5 Games To Watch

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger breaks down the top five games for the team during the upcoming NHL season. Featured are contests against the Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks, LA Kings, Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers.

A Tale of Two Coaches

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke weighs in on how the 2013-14 campaign has panned out for John Tortorella and Alain Vigneault, as they adapt to their new clubs. A fair critique of Tortorella is laid out, while an appreciation for the old bench boss is also prevalent.

Vancouver Canucks Acquire Raphael Diaz – He’ll play tonight.

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NWSB Insider & Canucks blogger J.D. Burke breaks down today’s trade, that saw the Canucks sending Dale Weise to the Montreal Canadiens in return for Raphael Diaz. All in all this is a great move for the Canucks. They filled a position of need without giving up much of anything.

Canucks to Sign Vinny Prospal to a PTO

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke breaks down the news that the Vancouver Canucks have signed Vinny Prospal to a PTO. The 16 year veteran is due to play with the Utica Comets at first, but could eventually join the Canucks later on. In Prospal’s last season with Columbus, he tallied 12 goals and 18 assists, for a total of 30 points.

Kassian, Luongo frustrate the Oilers in Edmonton

Van City did just enough to edge the Oilers 2-1 on Tuesday

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Canucks win on Tuesday night. The Canucks strolled into Edmonton, got excellent goaltending from Roberto Luongo and did just enough to edge the Oilers 2-1. Edmonton’s only goal was a pretty questionable one, as Sam Gagner was basically shoved into Luongo. Nice win team. More please.

Gameday skate: Canucks visit Oilers in first game without Torts

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NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks visiting the Edmonton Oilers looking to turn the page on a ridiculous hockey game Saturday night against the Flames. Daniel Sedin will have to learn to play without his favourite set up man tonight with Henrik Sedin officially ruled out of tonight’s game. While John Tortorella experienced small episodes of success splitting up the Sedins earlier this season tonight begins Henrik’s first absence due to injury in several years.

Gameday skate: Canucks look to break Ducks’ dominance

David Booth needs to prove he deserves to stick around in the NHL.

NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks who will look to build on Monday’s loss to the Kings tonight as they take on the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center. David Booth is expected to return to action tonight after sitting out Monday’s game against the Kings.

On the Canucks newly found mean streak

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke weighs in on the antics surrounding last night’s game with the Los Angeles Kings, and provides insight on the Canucks newly found mean streak. The good, the bad and the ugly… it’s all there, in detail, for your reading pleasure. The Sedins not only aren’t fighters, but they shouldn’t have to be.

Canucks Blame Game: To Live and Die in LA

It’s never a good sign when the most noticeable forward on the ice is Tom Sestito.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the LA Kings win over the Canucks on Saturday night. Ben says It’s time to put Zack Kassian with the twins and see what happens. He also points out of course, John Tortorella is doing the Sedins no favours by continuing to pair them with Jannik Hansen.

Five Canucks Christmas present wishes

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Once again Vancouver Canucks blogger C-Mac tells us the Canucks already received three pretty great gifts this year. Here is the official 2013 Canucks Christmas Gift List. A lollipop for coach Torts for being such a respectful fella with the media to date. More of the type of deal-with-the-devil contracts that David Booth must have signed in order for him to return to the ranks of productive players.

What did we learn during the Canucks’ dominant December

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NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks recent December form. They lost in regulation for the first time in 20 days last night ending the team’s most impressive winning streak of the year. Eddie Lack has been solid since joining the Canucks. Slowly but surely David Booth has begun to elevate his game. The trio of Ryan Kesler (5,3,8), Mike Santorelli (2,7, 9), and Chris Higgins (4,5,9) have been superb.

Canucks Blame Game: Wild lull Van City (and everyone else) to sleep

Vancouver fell asleep in the third period and allowed Minnesota to hang around

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Minnesota Wild win over the Canucks on Tuesday night. Ben calls out Roberto Luongo, Dale Weise, and John Tortorella. Vancouver still managed a point in this snoozer and that’s really all that matters. They played well enough to win and a timely save by Luongo and we’re talking about the winning streak extended another game.

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