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 […]

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.

Which Canucks will exceed expectations in 2013?

Jensen Canucks

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Travis Erbacher gives us a look at which players will step up in 2013. Despite this year’s team being a bit of a mystery under John Tortorella, look out for Jordan Schroeder, Brad Richardson, Nicklas Jensen, Brendan Gaunce and Zack Kassian to make a name for themselves.