NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger The Flying V – Kevin Vanstone weighs in on the Ryan Kesler shoulder injury, will he or won’t he start the season? The trickle down effects and questions. If Maxim Lapierre is moved up to the second line, Chicago Wolves’ center Jordan Schroeder depth chart, what kind of minutes will Manny Malhotra get? In the meantime, it is up to Gillis to decide if his hockey team can afford to learn on the fly.
Canucks insider Kevin Vanstone breaks down the Game 82 matchup between the Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks. He scored a beauty on Saturday night. David Booth was named the Canucks’ most exciting player previous to Saturday’s action against the Oilers. Roberto Luongo responded to his critics with a calm and confident performance.
Canucks insider Kevin Vanstone breaks down the Game 81 matchup between the Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames. Michael Cammalleri scored twice in the third period and Miikka Kiprusoff turned aside 32 shots as Calgary ended Vancouver’s season-high seven-game winning streak. Alex Burrows netted his 16th career shorthanded goal and Jannik Hansen also scored.
Canucks insider Kevin Vanstone breaks down the Game 77 matchup between the Colorado Avalanche vs. Vancouver Canucks. Maxim Lapierre the agitating fourth-line center scored once and added two assists as a wing, sparking a seven-point outing for a new-look first line with Henrik Sedin and Alexandre Burrows and a 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars at Rogers Arena on Friday night.
Canucks insider Kevin Vanstone breaks down the Game 77 matchup between the Colorado Avalanche vs. Vancouver Canucks. David Booth continues to grow in his role as a pesky power forward and demonstrated a new aspect of his game on Wednesday, beating down BC boy Mark Oliver. Maxim Lapierre attempted to intervene. By the way Happy Birthday Maxim.
NWSB Vancouver Canucks Inside Josh Hall rumbles down the top keys to Saturday night’s tilt with the Colorado Avalanche. Is Gabriel Landeskog someone the Canucks should really be afraid of now or down the road? Is this a first round playoff preview? When will Daniel Sedin return and should we even worry about it right now. Assume Roberto Luongo is in net. Read on young grasshoppers.
Canucks insider Kevin Vanstone breaks down the Game 68 matchup between the Winnipeg Jets and the Vancouver Canucks. Ryan Kesler opened the scoring shorthanded early in the second period, and Cory Schneider made 30 saves as the Canucks snapped a two-game regulation losing skid. Ex-Canuck Kyle Wellwood scored for the Jets as did Blake Wheeler.
Our man Kevin V. is back with another edition of the Vancouver Canucks Notebook. The Nuckleheads have lost two straight at home in regulation for the first time since November 2010. Not 2011; 2010! Zack Kassian has found a little chemistry on the 2nd line but where will he slot in against Winnipeg? Can Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin bump their slumps?
Canucks insider Kevin Vanstone breaks down the Game 67 matchup between the Dallas Stars and the Vancouver Canucks. Dallas is now 21-0-2 when taking a lead into the third period. Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin have failed to register a point in 10 of their last 13 games. Mike Ribeiro scored two goals and added an assist as visiting Dallas won for the seventh time in its last eight games.