Ryan Kesler: Wingman or Centre?

Ryan Kesler

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka weighs in with his analysis on the 2013 Canucks and what John Tortorella should do with Winger, no center Ryan Kesler. The big issue is that putting Kesler on the wing takes away one of the Canucks better face off men and likely the team’s most defensively responsible forward. Here are a few pros and cons for #17 lining up on the wing. For as good as Kesler is defensively, he’s got great offensive sense too.

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

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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.

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!

Shot blocking and all it can do for the 2013 Canucks

Calgary Flames v Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver Canucks insider and blogger J.D. Burke weighs in on the early progress the Canucks are making, as they adjust to a new system and the physical commitment required from it. Blocked shots are looked at in depth, as statistics from this season and last are used to find out where the Canucks are at this season. With John Tortorella, shot blocking has been a hot topic of conversation in Van City. EH? Alex Burrows & Roberto Luongo.

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.

Statement game: Schneider and Luongo set to explode

How long until one of these talented goaltenders is out of the picture?

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka weighs in with his analysis on the big Canucks game tonight between the Devils and Van City. Welcome back to town Cory Schneider. Also, welcome to town Jaromir Jagr. For years, Cory Schneider was an incredibly patient solider for the Vancouver Canucks. Tonight on the ice at Rogers arena he’ll face off against his friend Roberto Luongo.

Stars of the weekend: Canucks dominate Alberta teams (again)

It's all up to Eddie tonight at Rogers Arena.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka weighs in with his 5 players & reasons the Canucks swept the Flames & Oilers over the weekend. Ryan Stanton has done everything the Canucks have asked of him and was rock solid against Calgary & Edmonton. Jason Garrison. He’s done everything the Canucks have asked of him and was rock solid. John Tortorella’s coaching tactics. He got his first win. He’s off to a nice start.

ICYMI…#Canucks vs. Sharks: New Boss, same as the Old Boss

Garrison goal

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges is back to give you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from Vancouver’s loss to the San Jose Sharks. He says that the Sharks continued their dominance of the Canucks, and turned what was a tight game into a gimme with two successive third period goals. New Nucks Coach John Tortorella is insisting that the team hasn’t fully adapted his system, and it showed last night . Roberto Luongo love ‘em. Jason Garrison love ‘em.

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…

Hey Vancouver! Are you ready for some hockey?

AV & Rangers

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges weighs in with with things to love and some things to hate about the 2013 preseason for the Canucks. He points out Brendan Gaunce had a decent camp that hints he may well be ready in a year or two to don the Orca full-time. He goes on to say we can’t say the same for Nicklas Jensen’s camp. Roberto Luongo’s performance last Saturday in Edmonton not good. Last night vs. NYR however was great.

The five players that (probably) will give John Tortorella fits

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Check Torts’ blood pressure Errant cell phone press conference calls aside, John Tortorella has managed to maintain his temper so far in Vancouver. But I think we all know it’s only a matter of time before he goes off (I’m thinking sometime on the seven game road trip in the middle of October). Torts hasn’t even […]