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.
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.
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.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Bryan McFarlane weighs in with his Nucks three stars post. Here are the few noteworthy performers from Feb 18th – Feb 25th during the Canucks 2013 campaign. Daniel Sedin, Kevin Bieksa, and Henrik Sedin make Bryan’s list. Bieksa netted 2 goals this week while the Sedins combined for 4 goals and 7 assists.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the loss Tuesday night between the Phoenix Coyotes and Vancouver Canucks. The Coyotes boring style, as Richard puts it, lulled the Canucks high powered offense to sleep, as the Nucks mustered 31 shots on Mike Smith, but only could net two of them.
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.
Richard Hodges previews the Phoenix Coyotes vs. Vancouver Canucks Feb 27 matchup. Richard says this is the Canucks last game of February as they have a three day break before the Kings are in town on Saturday. They better enjoy those three days because it’s their longest until the end of the year. For the Canucks, Kevin Bieksa is battling his groin while David Booth is sick. Both probably won’t play. Cory Schneider will start in net.
Richard Hodges previews the Vancouver Canucks vs. Detroit Red Wings Feb 24 matchup. Richard says David Booth didn’t practice yesterday and might not play tonight due to illness, which might give Zack Kassian a chance to get back beside Ryan Kesler. Roberto Luongo will get the start as the Vezina buzz begins for the beleaguered backup. The Canucks will not have Kevin Bieksa. He’s out with a groin injury
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the overtime loss against the Chicago Blackhawks. Richard points out Patrick Kane did it again, figuring out that the only way to beat a red hot Cory Schneider in the shootout was to trick him into putting the puck into his own net.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Bryan McFarlane weighs in with his Nucks three stars post. Here are the few noteworthy performers from January 27th – Feb 3rd during the Canucks 2013 campaign. Roberto Luongo, Alexander Edler and Zack Kassian make Bryan’s list. The kid Kassian continues to impress. He is proving his worth in town by being that physical force Vancouver so desperately lacked.
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.