Gameday Skate: Canucks host Canes in battle of brothers tonight at Rogers Arena

It's been a good week in Vancouver (Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press)

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Monday’s things to look out for in the Canucks vs. Carolina Hurricanes matchup.The Canucks will go for their fifth-straight win tonight as the Canes hit town for their lone visit of the season. Manny Malhotra is in town. Not to be outdone by Roberto Luongo Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner earned the NHL’s first star of the week

Five Players who won’t be back with the Canucks next season

Roberto Luongo

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Andrew Deutschmann provides us with the top 5 players he would like to see the Canucks part ways with this off season. Number one is obviously Roberto Luongo. Paying him to split time with Cory Schneider is just ridiculous. Let him go on to another team and get on with his life. This has dragged out long enough not only for management, and Luongo, but for the fans as well.

Canucks begin restocking, sign Lain and Blomstrand

Ludwig Blomstrand

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck brings us up to speed on the two Nucks signings this week. Please welcome to the organization Ludwig Blomstrand & Kellan Lain. Lain actually led College hockey’s Lake Superior in face off % this season, winning 56% of his 571 draws. That’s not a great sample, but it is nevertheless intriguing. Blomstrand is a 6’1, 198lbs left-winger who spent this season in Sweden’s second-tier league.

Dallas Stars vs. Vancouver Canucks Game 13 notes, prediction & tweets!

Identical contracts, identical twins… but definitely not identical players.

Richard Hodges previews the Dallas Stars vs. Vancouver Canucks Feb 15 matchup. Richard points out the Canucks Ryan Kesler has been medically cleared to play hockey and could return to the lineup tonight. With Manny Malhotra gone, they’ll need Kesler’s faceoff prowess back fast. Meanwhile in goaltending, Cory Schneider will get between the pipes tonight. Roberto Luongo will sit on the bench. Wondering what if.

Ryan Kesler practices with team, could play tomorrow

kesler canucks

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck brings us up to speed on the storylines involving Ryan Kesler and his possible first game of the season this week vs. the Dallas Stars on Friday night. While he’s itching to get back into the lineup, you have to admire him for not rushing back like he did last season after only five games. Kesler wasn’t the same player that scored 41 goals and won the Selke award in 2011 during the 2011-12 season.

Minnesota Wild vs. Canucks: The taming of the Wild

Hansen vs. 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.

The Canucks are winning with humanitarianism on & off the ice

Lu Schneider

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin Vanstone AKA “The Flying V” weighs in today on the Canucks becoming the talk of the NHL last week thanks to a crowded crease featuring Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider, but off the ice the organization was simultaneously demonstrating a wealth of excellence that earned less attention. Van City continue to promote equality and progress for their entire organizational community.

6 down 42 to go! Canucks 2013 overachievers and underachievers

Luongo widescreen

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 vs. Los Angeles Kings prediction and NHL preview

Canucks vs. Kings

Richard Hodges previews the Vancouver Canucks vs. LA Kings Jan. 28 matchup. Most likely in net tonight will be Roberto Luongo. Lu has lost 4 of his last 6 regular-season starts in Los Angeles with a 3.68 GAA. Cory Schneider has started the last three games, making 30 saves in Friday’s 5-0 win at Anaheim to open this trip. The return of Manny Malhotra should also help with face-offs, where the Canucks were absolutely brutal last night.

Vancouver Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks prediction and NHL preview

Canucks vs. Sharks

Richard Hodges previews the Vancouver Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks Jan. 27 matchup. The Canucks are in tough in the next 48 hours with back-to-back games against the West leading Sharks and the Stanley Cup champs LA Kings. It’s gutcheck time he says. Jason Garrison might recognize former teammate and Shark Matt Irwin from their time on the Nanaimo Clippers. For all the talk of Patrick Marleau, let’s not forget Mason Raymond is also coming off a two goal game.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Anaheim Ducks prediction and NHL preview

Canucks vs. Ducks

Richard Hodges previews the Vancouver Canucks vs. Anaheim Ducks Jan. 25 matchup. The key notes from Richard tonight. Manny Malhotra is celebrating the birth of a baby boy last night in Vancouver and will miss the game. Andrew Ebbett will replace him and Manny will back for Sunday’s tilt against the Sharks. Henrik Sedin ties Stan Smyl for second all-time on the Canucks’ games played list at 896.

Californication…California Love…Hotel California weekend for the Canucks

Manny Malhotra

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck reports today on the news that the VanCity Canucks are on the road for the first time this season. It’s the California swing. Three games in four night. Coming off his first win of the season against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night, Cory Schneider will get his first consecutive starts of the season. Manny Malhotra is home with his new child, Andrew Ebbett slots in on the wing on the 4th line.