Gameday skate: Canucks in Pittsburgh to take on Crosby and the Penguins

Roberto Luongo finally speaks out - Photo: Jeff Vinnick

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Saturday’s five things to look out for.The Vancouver Canucks play their first afternoon game of the season Saturday opposite Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. While Roberto Luongo will be carrying a shutout into Saturday’s game against the Penguins he and the Canucks are well aware that Thursday’s victory over the Sabres will be nothing compared Saturday morning.

ICYMI…Canucks vs. Sabres: Van City cruise to comfortable win

Chris Higgins

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone is back to give you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from Vancouver’s win over the Buffalo Sabers. The Vancouver Canucks dominated the Sabres on Thursday, controlling play at both ends of the ice and benefiting from a couple bounces on the way to a comfortable 3-0 win. Roberto Luongo was solid. Nice to see Chris Higgins coming alive, and Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler looked good too.

Gameday Skate: Canucks visit Cody Hodgson’s Sabres for first time

Zack Kassian approves of his team's work in the community.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us tonights five things to look out for. The Vancouver Canucks will visit an old friend for the first time tonight as they take on Cody Hodgson and the struggling Sabres at First Niagara Center. Kev points out Dan Hamhuis has had a rough start to the season, but only recently has it become evident that Hamhuis is playing through some sort of ailment.

ICYMI…#Canucks vs. Flyers: Van City escape Philly with a pair of points

Canucks vs. Oilers April 4

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone is back to give you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from Vancouver’s win over the Philadelphia Flyers.The Vancouver Canucks slipped by the Philadelphia Flyers in a sloppy 3-2 win on Tuesday, taking advantage of a lucky bounce and some timely third period points to earn a win to start their seven-game Eastern road swing. Roberto Luongo got the win, Ryan Kesler scored the all-important game-winning goal. Go Nucks!

In praise of Mike Santorelli, the Canucks’ human Swiss Army knife

Santorelli has already bested his point total from last season

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone checks in with his with a Version 2 of the Mike Santorelli nw athlete profile blog. When Mike Santorelli first signed with the Canucks during the off-season he was expected to fight for a spot on Vancouver’s third or fourth line, and yet only six games into the season the Burnaby, BC native seems to have played everywhere up and down the lineup.

Six games in…Early season underachieving Vancouver Canucks

Higgins vs. Dallas

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka weighs in with his analysis on the 2013 underachieving Canucks players thru 6 games. Roberto Luongo, Dan Hamhuis, Ryan Kesler, Chris Higgins all make Ben’s list. All the noise that Kesler was talking about before the season about how he’s healthy and ready for a big year has proven to be nothing but a whole lot of hot air so far. He’s also a team worst -5 and has taken some pretty stupid penalties.

Game 1 blame game: Canucks vs. Sharks

Don't get me wrong...there were some positives.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka weighs in with his CHUMPS for the game 1 loss by Van City to San Jose on Thursday night. The Canucks fell 4-1 behind some solid goaltending by Roberto Luongo. Who was bad? Jannik Hansen. Recently signed a four year contract extension worth $10 million and he certainly played like a man who just got paid. Also Ryan Kesler took a pair of penalties and was a -2 on the night.

Predictions for an unpredictable 2013 Canucks season

Off season possibilities for the Canucks - Photo: National Post

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges weighs in with with things reasons why this will…or won’t be a great and epic 2013 season for the Van City Nucks. Richard asks where will it all go wrong? He points out it could be all downhill IF Ryan Kesler is a shell of his former self; David Booth is a shell of his former self; and Zack Kassian is a shell of his current self. Can John Tortorella bring this team back? Can Roberto Luongo? Time will tell…

2013/14 Canucks predictions: Team leaders and player props

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V’ Vanstone tells us with a new coach, a new team philosophy, and a new starting goaltender, this year’s edition of the Vancouver Canucks may not resemble what fans have come accustomed to with Alain Vigneault behind the bench, but with change comes unbridled optimism. With that being said, below are my predictions for the 2013-14 season. News flash Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin will lead Van City again.

Make or break year for the Canucks Jordan Schroeder

2013-14 will be a make-or-break year for Jordan Schroeder.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Ben Lypka details why the 2013-14 NHL season is a mak-or-break year for Jordan Schroeder. With Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler taking up the top two centre positions, the logical place to slot Schroeder in is as a third line centre, but even that seems a little up in the air. To top it all off, Schroeder is coming off of shoulder surgery. This year is basically Schroeder’s last chance…right?

Who will play on the Canucks third line?

Booth had a completely clean sheet against the Stars

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Travis Erbacher gives us a look at which players could be rolled out by Torts as third-liners in the 2013/14 NHL season. Travis brings you predictions for his scoring line, safe line and “beat-em-up line. You will have to read the piece to see if you either agree, or disagree with these choices.

David Booth hopes to be ‘third try lucky’ for Van City in 2013

David Booth

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges talks about David Booth and how he needs to prove himself to the organization and fans in 2013/14. Originally coming to Vancouver in a move that saw many fans applaud the front office, Booth has failed to live up to the hype and has been somewhat injury-riddled, leading many to cast him off as a bust. Will 2013/14 be the year he finally proves himself?