NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks who host the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight to begin the new year with game 42 of the regular season. Eddie Lack is expected to make the start in his third game in four nights tonight against the Lightning. Roberto Luongo was seen practicing with the Canucks early today but isn’t expected to be ready.
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…
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges points out with the transaction this week to bring Chris Tanev back to the big club from the Chicago Wolves, this isn’t a panic call-up by the Canucks but rather a testament to their depth that they can afford to keep such a fine prospect in the minors and save him for when they really need him. Alain Vigneault called him an emotional flat-liner.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Carolyn Smith breaks down the reasons why she thinks Canucks rookie forward Cody Hodgson is studworthy. For starters, Being named one of 12 rookies to participate in the 2012 All-Star game in Ottawa is a high honour. He’s been through the ringer, last season, Hodgson was called up to the NHL and sent back to the AHL several times. It built toughness.
Josh Hall one of our Vancouver Canucks bloggers is back with his Tuesday Vancouver Canucks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning matchup preview. 4:30 p.m. PT, on Rogers Sportsnet. Should be a good game. Look at Tampa’s talent; Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier take on Ryan Kesler, Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin. We hope its not a snorefest.
Vancouver Canucks centre Henrik Sedin has been named the National Hockey League’s third star of the month for December. Sedin is joined by Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin (first star) and Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos (second star) as the NHL ‘Three Stars’ of the month.
Western hockey league insider Aidan Chafe weighs in with his next WHL season notebook article. Our man on the western hockey league beat tells us a pre-season favourite Emerson Etem to lead the ‘Dub in points, the California native has 24 goals in 19 games and is on pace to score 90 goals.
Matt Larkin weighs in with a Canucks off season article and asks the question, Could a healthy Cody Hodgson be Vancouver’s biggest addition?