Gameday skate: Canucks host Lightning, begin New Year at “The Rog”

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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.

Gameday skate: Canucks face Flyers as teams approach midway point

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NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks who host the Philadelphia Flyers in their second and final meeting of the season tonight at Rogers Arena. Look for Eddie Lack to continue to prove himself in Roberto Luongo’s absence tonight against the Flyers.

Five Canucks Christmas present wishes

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Once again Vancouver Canucks blogger C-Mac tells us the Canucks already received three pretty great gifts this year. Here is the official 2013 Canucks Christmas Gift List. A lollipop for coach Torts for being such a respectful fella with the media to date. More of the type of deal-with-the-devil contracts that David Booth must have signed in order for him to return to the ranks of productive players.

What did we learn during the Canucks’ dominant December

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NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks recent December form. They lost in regulation for the first time in 20 days last night ending the team’s most impressive winning streak of the year. Eddie Lack has been solid since joining the Canucks. Slowly but surely David Booth has begun to elevate his game. The trio of Ryan Kesler (5,3,8), Mike Santorelli (2,7, 9), and Chris Higgins (4,5,9) have been superb.

Gameday skate: Canucks face Blackhawks at the Madhouse on Madison

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NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks who will be looking to bounce back against the Chicago Blackhawks tonight after being soundly beaten last night in Big D. After replacing Roberto Luongo in the crease last night in Dallas speculation has circulated that backup Eddie Lack will get the start tonight for the Canucks.

Canucks Blame Game: Wild lull Van City (and everyone else) to sleep

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Minnesota Wild win over the Canucks on Tuesday night. Ben calls out Roberto Luongo, Dale Weise, and John Tortorella. Vancouver still managed a point in this snoozer and that’s really all that matters. They played well enough to win and a timely save by Luongo and we’re talking about the winning streak extended another game.

Gameday Skate: Canucks take to the road for battle with Wild

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Tuesday’s things to look out for in the Canucks vs. Minnesota Wild matchup. After closing out an undefeated five-game home stand the Canucks will take to the road to face the Wild tonight at the Xcel Energy Center. Chris Higgins has been one of the hottest Canucks during the month of December.

Nucks gameday skate: Bruins in Van City for first game since 2011 cup final

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Saturday’s things to look out for in the Canucks vs. Boston Bruins matchup. The Canucks host the Bruins in their long-awaited return to Rogers Arena tonight over two years after their victory in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Final. Roberto Luongo will return to the crease after a shutout last night vs. Edmonton.

Canucks host Oilers in first of back-to-backs tonight at Rogers Arena

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The Canucks take on the Oilers in the first of two back-to-back games tonight with the Boston Bruins waiting patiently for tomorrow’s highly-anticipated tilt.

Why next season should be on Canucks fans minds

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Ben Lypka our Vancouver Canucks insider and NWSB Blogger weighs in today with an opinion piece on the Canucks 2013 Stanley Cup fortunes. He says just wait till next year! I’d say the writing was on the wall when Vancouver refused to keep any of their young talent even for a seven game test drive at the start of the season. One of Bo Horvat, Hunter Shinkaruk or even Brendan Gaunce should have been given at least a short look. Next year is promising.

Is Chris Tanev having a breakout season for Van City?

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at the breakout campaign that Christopher Tanev is in, and muses on whether the Canucks can expect more from their young, undrafted defenceman. He’s playing the toughest competition of his career, mostly with Dan Hamhuis, and holding his own quite well. His offensive upside is looked at, as Tanev is on pace for the best season offensively of his young career as well.

Gameday Skate: Canucks host Canes in battle of brothers tonight at Rogers Arena

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Monday’s things to look out for in the Canucks vs. Carolina Hurricanes matchup.The Canucks will go for their fifth-straight win tonight as the Canes hit town for their lone visit of the season. Manny Malhotra is in town. Not to be outdone by Roberto Luongo Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner earned the NHL’s first star of the week

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