NWSB Picks: The weekly Vancouver Canucks three stars

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Bryan McFarlane weighs in with his Nucks three stars post. Here are the few noteworthy performers from April 14 to April 21 during the Canucks’ 2013 campaign. Alexander Edler, Ryan Kessler and Derek Roy make the list this week. Roy also earns credit for his goal of the week in his return to Dallas.

Keys to the Canucks having early season success in 2013

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Bryan McFarlane tells us today what Van city needs to do to achieve early season success for 2013. For starters he says increase the physical play. This has been lacking from Vancouver hockey for years. There are always glimpses of a physical resurgence, but it’s never sustained for any length of time. The addition of Zack Kassian last season was a great step in the right direction. Alex Edler and Kevin Bieksa can help here.

Why Mike Gillis’ extension is a good thing for the Vancouver Canucks

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Vancouver Canucks Insider Josh Hall says the re-signing of Mike Gillis is a great thing for the organization going forward. Consistency seems to be the main key here but there’s also the domino affect this has on players and namely, Alain Vigneault. Mike Gillis has as much motivation to get this team where it can be as Ryan Kesler and Kevin Bieksa.

For the Canucks Sedins to be truly great they must….

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Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges tells us what the Sedins have to do to lead the Vancouver Canucks to the 2012 NHL promised land. Yes that’s right. Hoisting the Stanley Cup. Henrik Sedin & Daniel Sedin took a lot of crap in last year’s playoffs for naught. They were whiners, divers, chokers, weak, sisters, etc etc. They can right the ship in 2012. Let’s get it done.

NWSB Exclusive: Twitterview with Former Canuck Brad Leeb

Leeb Celebrated what we are assuming is a goal for the Ice Tigers

Josh Hall recently had a NWSB exclusive twitterview with former Vancouver Canucks player and current right winger for the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, Brad Leeb. Leeb spends parts of his off-season in British Columbia and also played in the NHL for the Toronto Maple Leafs. What else did Josh ask Brad? Read on to find out!

DreamWeaver! Vancouver Canucks Sedin brothers looking for linemate

Henrik & Daniel Sedin & Anson Carter

Richard Hodges one of our Vancouver Canucks bloggers points out its a challenge to find the best line-mate for Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin. Makes you wish there was a third brother. Cherish the skill of the third twin, because we may never see it in Vancouver. Between Trent Klatt, Anson Carter, Jason King, Taylor Pyatt and of course Alex Burrows, the Sedins’ linemates have had more hustle than pure skill.

It makes you wonder what the twins could do with talent on that wing…

Breaking! What in the world is wrong with the Canucks Chris Higgins?

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Vancouver Canucks insider The Flying V – Kevin Vanstone has put on his Inspector Clouseau cap this week and has broken the Chris Higgins mystery illness wide open. Thanks to the wonders of public WiFi and unencrypted networks, NWSB has obtained emails exchanged between Higgins and Head Coach Alain Vigneault dating back over the last week, giving insight into the New York native’s unique injury.

Blackhawks vs. Canucks Game 50: Woooah, We’re Halfway There…Kinda

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vancouver Canucks

Josh Hall one of our Vancouver Canucks bloggers is back with his Tuesday Chicago Blackhawks vs. Canucks matchup preview. Tuesday 7:00 p.m. PT, on Rogers Sportsnet. Fight night? Unlikely. Dan Carcillo being out for the season with a knee injury and Dale Weise and Keith Ballard won’t know who to drop them with. Patrick Kane vs. Ryan Kesler should be a good tilt though.

GAME 47: Let’s Try This Again… L.A. vs. Vancouver Preview

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Josh Hall one of our Vancouver Canucks bloggers is back with his Tuesday L.A. Kings vs. Vancouver Canucks matchup preview. 7:00 p.m. PT, on Rogers Sportsnet. Ryan Kesler now has something to prove after a media fiasco. Dale Weise on the 4th line, and Manny Malhotra are playing for their jobs with a rumor George Parros could be on his way. David Booth returned Sunday as well.

GAME 43: These Aren’t Your Father’s Panthers

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Josh Hall one of our Vancouver Canucks bloggers is back with his Monday Vancouver Canucks vs. Florida Panthers matchup preview. 4:30 p.m. PT, on Rogers Sportsnet. LW Mike Duco has been recalled from the Wolves. He will draw in on the 4th line with Manny Malhotra and Dale Weise. Andrew Ebbett had surgery today for his broken collar bone. Lots of EX-Canucks on the Panthers.

Game 42 (Part 2): This One’s Personal

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Josh Hall one of our Vancouver Canucks bloggers is back with his Saturday GAME OF THE YEAR Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins matchup preview. 10:00 a.m. PT, on Rogers Sportsnet. We have Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo. It’s still up in the air until Friday who will start for Vancouver. We won’t see Aaron Rome laying out Nathan Horton. Rome is out.

Game 34: The Vancouver Canucks Order Up Some Red Wings

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Josh Hall one of our Vancouver Canucks bloggers is back with his Wednesday Detroit Red Wings vs. Vancouver Canucks matchup preview. 10 p.m. ET, FSN (Detroit), TSN (Vancouver). Roberto Luongo has turned things around. The former team captain has posted a 6-0-1 record over his last seven outings. Pavel Datsyuk has been red hot for Detroit, registering 23 points over his last 16 games.

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