NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us today the NHL’s April 3rd trade deadline fast approaches and the Vancouver Canucks have a number of spots on the roster worthy of attention heading into this year’s playoff push. Mason Raymond and Jannik Hansen have played well during their time on Vancouver’s second line, but are better fit as checking forwards on a fully healthy roster.
Richard Hodges previews the Vancouver Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers March 30th matchup. Richard says seems as though both Zack Kassian and Keith Ballard will miss yet another game recovering from their nagging injuries while the Oilers will miss Eric Belanger, who’s out with a groin injury. It’s been a while since these two teams hooked up this year, they last saw each other in early February when the Canucks won 3-2. Cory Schneider will be in net again.
Richard Hodges previews the Colorado Avalanche vs. Vancouver Canucks March 28th matchup. Richard says It’s looking like another couple of weeks for Dale Weise now, but Steve Pinizzotto should draw back into the line-up tonight, which could end the Keith Ballard experiment at forward. He goes onto say the Canucks and Cory Schneider are going streaking. Both have been red-hot over the past five games.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Bryan McFarlane weighs in with his Nucks three stars post. Here are the few noteworthy performers from March 21st to March 206th during the Canucks 2013 campaign. Jordan Schroeder, Jannik Hansen, and Mason Raymond make the list this week. Bryan says there are few players in the league who can keep up with Raymond when he’s really skating, and when he keeps solid control of the puck coming in fast.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges give you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from Vancouver’s win over the Nashville Predators Thursday night. Richard points out it really is the year of the honey badger for the Vancouver Canucks, as Jannik Hansen has enjoyed a tenacious breakout year. What will Coach Alain Vigneault do with Andrew Ebbett moving forward?
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges give you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from Vancouver’s win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in a shootout. Whatever Mason Raymond did in the shootout worked. But man was it ugly. Was it legal? Richard doesn’t even care. It went in he says. The game’s first highlight was David Booth laying out Matt Calvert. Nice way to start the game.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger C-Mac weighs in on the Canucks finally winning a game thanks to an iffy goal by Mason Raymond. He also ponders what to do with Coach Alain Vigneault. He says Vancouver in particular appears more anxious behind the bench. Watch Coach Vigneault these days as he spends more time frantically berating the officials over perceived injustices than concentrating on creative game planning.
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 Tuesday night. If this feels like deja-vu…it is. They played last Thursday. He says the Canucks are hoping that the injection of Andrew Ebbett will help the team and their scoring woes. They’re facing a Bluejackets team that is red hot and looking to extend their five game winning streak.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck brings us up to speed on the storylines involving the Canucks and the upcoming NHL trade deadline. He says when you’re a nose hair away from the half way mark of the season and you’re having these issues it may be time to look inward and see what needs to be done in order to succeed and not just get by. When do you make a move he asks. Chris Higgins, Mason Raymond, Roberto Luongo, we wait…
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 Richard Hodges give you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from Vancouver’s loss to the San Jose Sharks in shootouts. While there was impressive play from the Canucks–at times–they needed a greater effort on the ice if they were going to come away with anything from this game. Among things that frustrated Richard was the lack of impressive play when Vancouver had a power play advantage.
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. Sharks game Tuesday night. He says in the Canucks power play hasn’t been given many opportunities over the last few games, even still it, when they’ve had the man advantage they haven’t capitalized on the chances they have had. Chris Higgins, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin must step up!