Gameday skate: Canucks host Blues as teams begin playoff push

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

NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks. After backing in to the Olympic break the Vancouver Canucks must begin to turn their season around tonight against the St. Louis Blues. Ryan Kesler is expected to miss tonight’s game, while Kevin Bieksa (bruised foot) and Henrik Sedin (ribs) are game time decisions.

Gameday skate: Canucks host Oilers in second of back-to-backs

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

NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks. They host the Edmonton Oilers tonight in the second of back-to-back games for both teams tonight at Rogers Arena. Dale Weise and David Booth are both expected to sit out of tonight’s game. Roberto Luongo will start against the Oilers for the fourth time this season after earning the win last night against the Coyotes.

Gameday skate: Canucks searching for 3 straight W’s

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NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks. They going for three in a row tonight against the Nashville Predators after putting together a pair of wins against both Alberta teams earlier this week. Brad Richardson is expected to play in tonight’s game after missing yesterday’s practice resting a leg injury. Jordan Schroeder took Richardson’s spot on the third line during practice on Wednesday alongside David Booth and Zack Kassian.

Gameday skate: Canucks back home for rare visit from the Caps

Detroit Red Wings v Vancouver Canucks

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Monday’s things to look out for in the Washington Capitals vs. Canucks Monday evening matchup. After surviving a successful road trip the Vancouver Canucks are back in the comfortable confines of Rogers Arena to take on the Washington Capitals tonight. The Canucks went 5-1-1 on their latest lengthy journey but also lost four forwards. Dale Weise, Jordan Schroeder, Jannik Hansen, and David Booth.

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.

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!

Gameday Skate: Canucks start eastern road swing versus the Flyers

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us tonights five things to look out for. The Vancouver Canucks open a seven-game road trip tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers after jumping out to a .500 record over their first six starts. Tough guys Zac Rinaldo and Jay Rosehill are expected to play in tonight’s contest. Calling all Vancouver enforcers. Dale Weise, Tom Sestito, and Zack Kassian.

Richardson, Santorelli and the Canucks’ lack of depth down the middle

Roberto Luongo

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us today heading into a fresh 82-game season the Vancouver Canucks once again face high expectations. After a brutal end to a lockout-shortened season the team was forced to take a step back to re-evaluate during the summer, and forward depth was one of the many concerns for General Manager Mike Gillis. What will Zac Dalpe, Jeremy Welsh, Brad Richardson and Mike Santorelli bring to the table in 2013?

Canucks make final 2013 opening night roster cuts

Photo Credit: Vancouver Sun

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone is back today to tell us the Vancouver Canucks have made another round of cuts following last night’s final pre-season game against the New York Rangers. Bo Horvat and Hunter Shinkaruk are in. Both Horvat and Shinkaruk can play up to nine regular season games with the Canucks before the team will have to decide whether they are sent back down to junior or remain with the team for the season.

Hey Vancouver! Are you ready for some hockey?

AV & Rangers

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges weighs in with with things to love and some things to hate about the 2013 preseason for the Canucks. He points out Brendan Gaunce had a decent camp that hints he may well be ready in a year or two to don the Orca full-time. He goes on to say we can’t say the same for Nicklas Jensen’s camp. Roberto Luongo’s performance last Saturday in Edmonton not good. Last night vs. NYR however was great.

Make or break year for the Canucks Jordan Schroeder

2013-14 will be a make-or-break year for Jordan Schroeder.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Ben Lypka details why the 2013-14 NHL season is a mak-or-break year for Jordan Schroeder. With Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler taking up the top two centre positions, the logical place to slot Schroeder in is as a third line centre, but even that seems a little up in the air. To top it all off, Schroeder is coming off of shoulder surgery. This year is basically Schroeder’s last chance…right?

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