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.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone says the Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks played to an entertaining and hard-fought 4-3 shootout final on Tuesday, but Jannik Hansen’s hit to the head of Marian Hossa was what had fans talking after the latest rivalry instalment. Regardless of any decision pending from the NHL, the rivalry between the Canucks and Blackhawks cranked up another notch on Tuesday.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck weighs in today with some thoughts on the Canucks thru the years in a flashback post detailing his top five moments in time. Number One. Canucks vs. Flames. April 10th, 2010. It was also the first time and unfortunately the last time I got to see Rick Rypien fight in person. A fond and great memory Mitch will always have.
NWSB Rookie Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck puts pen to paper today with some thoughts on the Canucks pending 2013 Free agent Maxim Lapierre. it’s part 5 of his 2012 offseason series Future Forecast. Mitch thinks that although he doesn’t make a lot of money, Lapierre doesn’t want to stay a 4th line center for the rest of his career. We’ll know more in July of 2013.
NWSB insider and Vancouver Canucks writer Richard Hodges says the Canucks are coming back. What we have here is just another Vancouver first round rollercoaster special. Like Calgary in ’94, St Louis in ’03 or Chicago in ’11, the Vancouver Canucks like to get weird in the first round. You know who’s been suspiciously quiet this series? No not David Booth. Nope, not Chris Higgins. Read on…
NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges fills in for Josh Hall today and runs down the Canucks Wednesday night showdown against the Phoenix Coyotes. Does Daniel Sedin get a goal in this one? We think he does. Do Zack Kassian and Raffi Torres go after each other all night? Ryan Kesler is back. Along with David Booth and a re-energized Chris Higgins.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges points out Cody Hodgson asked for a trade from the Canucks organization. You can claim that Rich Winters may have been the more interested party in a trade with camp Cody, but at the end of the day Cody Hodgson’s career is Cody Hodgson’s. The Canucks are happy with Zack Kassian and Marc-Andre Gragnani. So long Coho.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges goes in depth on relative Canucks newcomer Byron Bitz. He’s probably not going to win the Conn Smythe (probably, you never know), but Bitz is a very nice piece indeed to add to the team free of charge and possesses a lot of traits the Canucks may have been looking for at the deadline.
Our man Matt Larkin thinks the Vancouver Canucks are starting to look soft. For argument’s sake, let’s look at a few possible trade targets – all forwards, so they could theoretically play with Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin, – that would help Vancouver protect its stars a bit better. Where are Gino Odjick and Donald Brashear when you need them?
Vancouver Canucks writer Kevin V points out as much as Canucks GM Mike Gillis has attempted to build a consistent hockey club, injuries to Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond could cost the Canucks a few points early in the season. So how does a team return to capture Lord Stanley’s Mug after coming oh-so-close the season previous? Look at the Pittsburgh Penguins and Sidney Crosby for starters.