Canucks vs. Minnesota Wild Game 24 notes, prediction & tweets!

Richard Hodges previews the San Jose Sharks vs Vancouver Canucks March 10th matchup. Richard says the Wild are coming off Ryan Suter’s emotional return to Nashville, where they took two points in a shootout. Zach Parise had Minnesota’s only regulation marker. The Canucks are limping into this one he says. They’ll have to win today with a banged up line-up that will miss Ryan Kesler, Kevin Bieksa and Tom Sestito.

Canucks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Game 23 notes, prediction…no tweets?

Richard Hodges previews the Vancouver Canucks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets March 7th matchup. Richard says the Jackets will miss Brandon Dubinsky, James Wisniewski and John Moore tonight. For the Canucks, as mentioned, Kevin Bieksa and Keith Ballard will join Kesler in popcorn duty tonight, testing the blueline depth the most this year.

Canucks Gameday: What the Canucks need to do to beat the BlueJackets

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck brings us up to speed on the storylines he’s watching for and delivers his winning gameday tips for the Canucks vs. BlueJackets game Thursday night. He says in order to win, the Canucks must just come out and get the W tonight. Do you hear us Daniel Sedin & Henrik Sedin? Not in a shootout or overtime, but in regulation.

22 down 26 to go! Canucks 2013 overachievers and underachievers

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger C-Mac weighs in on the overachievers and underachievers in Van City. Keith Ballard looked like he had it all sorted out at last, skating well and moving the puck crisply, then Chris Tanev moved up in the defence pairings and the familiar error prone Ballard was once again back in the Coach V doghouse. Kevin Bieksa is the one defenseman who has been steady on both ends of the ice.

ICYMI Los Angeles Kings vs. Canucks love ’em & hate ’em style

Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the loss Saturday night between the LA Kings and Vancouver Canucks. After a strong start to the year, Keith Ballard is back in the press box as a healthy scratch. It’s confounding. The Canucks looks like they need a little something extra to put themselves ahead of the pack in the west. Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider will be relied on bigtime coming up.

Canucks blue line breakdown: defensive depth an issue?

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone says the Vancouver Canucks may not be as deep on the blue line as it seems, will Mike Gillis move to make a trade deadline deal to bolster the back end? As the Canucks approach the 20-game mark of the 2013 season there is still a healthy amount of time for players like Alex Edler to adjust. Who knows with Ryan Kesler and Kevin Bieksa injuries.

Minnesota Wild vs. Canucks: The taming of the Wild

Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the win on Tuesday night over the Wild. Richard says that there were actually four points on the line Tuesday night, two for the win, and two for Henrik Sedin to pass Markus Naslund for most points in Vancouver Canucks history. Well, the latter didn’t quite happen, but the Nucks did pull off the win, good enough for their sixth straight.

NWSB’s January 2013 State of the Canucks

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.

Nice hometown discount! Vancouver Canucks extend Alex Edler

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck reports today on the news that we’ve learned Canucks GM Mike Gillis and Alex Edler have reached an agreement and he has signed for 6 more years. Edler was in the last year of a deal that saw him making $3.75 million per season. His new deal is $30 million over six years, with an annual cap hit of $5million. Much less than what he could have gotten on the open market.

Vancouver Canucks training camp 2013: Blue line breakdown

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.

Vancouver Canucks to offer a tryout to….Cam Barker??

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges weighs in with some analysis on the news today out of Canucks land that former enemy and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Cam Barker could get a tryout with Van City. Well, the loss of Aaron Rome and Sami Salo destroyed a bit of depth in the 7/8 hole but….Cam Barker? Cam Barker, the infamous number three pick behind Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin? Deep Thoughts…

CBA settled: What the NHL’s labour agreement means for the Vancouver Canucks

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “the Flying V” Vanstone weighs in with the first of many 2013 NHL regular season updates. With the new CBA going into effect on Monday, Kevin tells us how this effects the Vancouver Canucks. Namely, the ability to buy out some contracts, and the scrambling to get a full roster of players ready to go for the proposed season opener on January 19th.
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