Gameday skate: Canucks host Coyotes in Pacific Division showdown

Alex Edler was suspended for a hit yesterday. (Christian Peterson/Vancouver Sun)

NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks. They host the Phoenix Coyotes in a pivotal Pacific Division battle tonight at Rogers Arena. It is no secret that the Vancouver Canucks have struggled on the power play this season, but in the middle of a team-wide scoring slump the Canucks need to make the most of their opportunities 5-on-4.

Kassian, Luongo frustrate the Oilers in Edmonton

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

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Canucks win on Tuesday night. The Canucks strolled into Edmonton, got excellent goaltending from Roberto Luongo and did just enough to edge the Oilers 2-1. Edmonton’s only goal was a pretty questionable one, as Sam Gagner was basically shoved into Luongo. Nice win team. More please.

Canucks host Flames in Hockey Day In Canada finale

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The Vancouver Canucks host the Calgary Flames looking to bounce back in the comfortable confines of Rogers Arena after struggling mightily on their recent road trip.

Canucks Blame Game: To Live and Die in LA

It’s never a good sign when the most noticeable forward on the ice is Tom Sestito.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the LA Kings win over the Canucks on Saturday night. Ben says It’s time to put Zack Kassian with the twins and see what happens. He also points out of course, John Tortorella is doing the Sedins no favours by continuing to pair them with Jannik Hansen.

Gameday skate: Canucks hit Honda Center vs Ducks

Roberto Luongo finally speaks out - Photo: Jeff Vinnick

NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks as they remain in search of their first win of the calendar year tonight as they visit the dominant Anaheim Ducks. Roberto Luongo was the Canucks’ best player on Saturday, but was unable to keep the Kings at bay with only a one-goal lead to work with. Luongo stopped 46 of 48 shots faced last night and has certainly earned a night off after a solid performance despite the loss.

What did we learn during the Canucks’ dominant December

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NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks recent December form. They lost in regulation for the first time in 20 days last night ending the team’s most impressive winning streak of the year. Eddie Lack has been solid since joining the Canucks. Slowly but surely David Booth has begun to elevate his game. The trio of Ryan Kesler (5,3,8), Mike Santorelli (2,7, 9), and Chris Higgins (4,5,9) have been superb.

Gameday skate: Canucks visit Dallas for another dance with Stars

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NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks vs Dallas Stars tonight in Texas in their first game back since having the team’s eight-game unbeaten streak snapped in Minnesota. He points out David Booth has elevated his play since returning from an AHL conditioning stint in Utica, and says the trio of Ryan Kesler, Chris Higgins, and Mike Santorelli have spent plenty of time carrying the team.

Gameday Skate: Canucks take to the road for battle with Wild

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Tuesday’s things to look out for in the Canucks vs. Minnesota Wild matchup. After closing out an undefeated five-game home stand the Canucks will take to the road to face the Wild tonight at the Xcel Energy Center. Chris Higgins has been one of the hottest Canucks during the month of December.

Over the last 10… *My* Canucks 3 Stars

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Steve Lee weighs in with his Nucks three stars post. Here are the few noteworthy performers from the last 10 games during the Canucks’ 2013/14 campaign. Ryan Kesler, Jason Garrison, Mike Santorelli, are the 3 starts this week. Considering he is in a contract year, Santorelli is making a strong argument towards Mike Gillis and the Canucks front office to think twice when it comes to the offseason signings.

Vancouver has a Zack Kassian conundrum

The smartest Vancouver Canuck there ever was!

NWSB Blogger and Insider J.D. Burke offers his opinion on the Zack Kassian conundrum and argues that he should be the recipient of better ice-time, with better line-mates. The numbers suggest that Kassian, while not necessarily a possession stud, doesn’t drag down Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin when asked to line up alongside them. For this reason and many more, that’s where he should land. Read on, for more.

Nucks Ryan Kesler plays all the right notes in Music City

Kesler was outstanding against Nashville

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Canucks win on Tuesday night vs. the Nashville Predators. Jason Garrison picked up a pair of assists but had nearly six minutes of time on the power play and used his cannon to fire out six shots. Ryan Kesler was outstanding against Nashville and he wasn’t even playing a regular shift with Henrik Sedin & Daniel Sedin. Now, the Canucks return home, which could be a good or a bad thing,

Make a deal Mike! Gillis needs to act now!

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka weighs in this AM with some possible Canucks trade acquisitions. The biggest problem facing the Canucks this season is the same issue that has shown up the last two years in the playoffs – not enough goals. He targets Wayne Simmonds, Steve Ott, Tomas Fleischmann, Scottie Upshall, and Marcel Goc. Assets to leave could be David Booth, Chris Tanev, Zac Dalpe, Jeremy Welsh and Dale Weise.

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