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Canucks, Flames Set For Round Two

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The Calgary Flames drew first blood in the battle between two of the fiercest rivals in the National Hockey League. The Vancouver Canucks will look to return the favour Friday night but will need to do so with a roster that has been hit by a couple of serious injuries. That Canucks are playing their first game in five days after outlasting the Dallas Stars in a shootout Sunday night. Vancouver held the lead on to separate occasions in that game but Dallas managed to respond each time, including a late third period goal by Jamie Benn to send the game to overtime. Kyle Wellwood and Ryan Kesler both scored in the shootout and Roberto Luongo stopped Brad Richards an...

Grabner Gets His Call & Top Line Time


With the injuries piling up, the Vancouver Canucks have called up Michael Grabner from the Manitoba Moose. The 22-year old Austrian native will get his first taste of the National Hockey League on Friday against the Calgary Flames. Grabner had what could only be described as an awful training camp. However, in five games he has played in the AHL for the Manitoba Moose he has registered four goals and two assists. At practice, Grabner found himself playing on the Canucks top line with Henrik Sedin and Alex Burrows. If this is the line combination that Alain Vigneault is going with look for Bernier to drop back to the third line with Kyle Wellwood and Tanner Glass. Update: The TE...

Injury Bug Takes Chunk Out Of Canucks


Things have gone from bad to worse for the Vancouver Canucks on the injury front as Sami Salo is the latest Canuck to be placed on the IR. Not only did they enter training camp without Pavol Demitra, but Mathieu Schneider was still rehabbing his shoulder that he had surgery on this offseason. Then, in the preseason Jannick Hansen broke his hand in a fight with Edmonton Oilers Gilbert Brule. Not done just yet, Daniel Sedin had his foot broken after taking a shot from Alex Edler in the teams first win over the Montreal Canadiens last Wednesday. And for the cherry on top? Sami Salo is once again out of action as he sprained his MCL against the Dallas Stars on Monday. The Canucks a...

Canucks Make It Two

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It was not pretty but the Vancouver Canucks managed to overcome the loss of their number one forward, Daniel Sedin, by scraping out a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars in the shootout. It was not all good news as Sami Salo left the game in the first period with what appeared to be a knee or leg injury. Salo's history does not help as he has been a notoriously injury prone player. The game started off poorly for the Canucks as they paraded to the penalty box starting with Kevin Bieksa under a minute into the game. Salo followed that up with his own four and a half minutes later and the Dallas Stars made the Canucks pay. Well, not quite as Rick Rypien deflecte...

Canucks Back In Action, Finally

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It has been a long few days since that Vancouver Canucks last stepped out onto the ice at General Motors Place for a National Hockey League game. It was Wednesday night when the Canucks last played an NHL game, a game that saw them finally pick up their first win of the season against the Montreal Canadiens. During that break the Canucks held their fourth annual open practice, which allows fans to get a behind the scenes look at how the Canucks practice and prepare for their games. However, noticeably absent from the event was Daniel Sedin. Daniel Sedin has missed team practices since Wednesday's tilt with the Canadiens as he nurses a heel injury. The injury...

Crisis Averted, Canucks Finally Win


What a difference a single game can make! The mood is much happier and the outlook much brighter in the City of Vancouver as the Canucks finally registered their first win of the season with a 7-1 win over the Canadiens. But, just as you should not get too low in a slump, it is still just one win. Now the Canucks will have to find a way to harness and keep that momentum in an eight day stretch where they play just one game. That's right, in an Olympic year where the schedule in general is more condensed, the host city manages a long breather. The hockey world got a glimpse at what they were expecting from the Vancouver Canucks this season. Maybe not the seven goals part but they w...

Shirokov Experiment Ends In Vancouver


Vancouver Canucks preseason stand out, Sergei Shirokov, has been sent to Manitoba the team has announced today via their twitter account. The move comes after today's game where Shirokov was benched in favour of Tanner Glass. Whether or not it truly helped, the team picked up their first win of the season 7-1 over the Montreal Canadiens. The timing seems odd as Sergei managed just three games before getting sent down. Shirokov definitely was not the force he was in the preseason getting 0 points and often looking a bit lost and out of position. Despite his less than stellar play, he was by far not the reason for the Canucks' early season woes. This move could be just to give hi...

Must Win For Canucks? Not Yet...


There are probably a good number of Vancouver Canucks fans with their hands hovering over the panic button, I'm not one of them. Sure it would be nice to have the 2 under win column as opposed to the loss column but that is not the case. They will look to pick up that first 'W' Monday night as they take on an upstart Columbus Blue Jackets team that were 3-1 against the Canucks last year. Two games into the season and the Vancouver Canucks faithful are scratching their heads as to what has gone wrong. The Canucks were picked to make the Stanley Cup Finals, specifically Ray Ferraro. I have always paid no attention to predictions. At the end of the day all it does is give fans a warm...

Canucks, Flames Renew Hostilities


Move over Battle of Alberta, there's a new team in town. Okay so not quite, but over the past three seasons that Vancouver Canucks have supplanted the Edmonton Oilers as the Calgary Flames fiercest rival. Thanks in large part to missing the playoffs in eight of the past eleven season, the Oilers have been cast aside. For the second straight year, the Canucks will begin their campaign against the Calgary Flames, the team they beat out for the Northwest division title in the final game of the regular season last year. Both teams have undergone some changes with the biggest for the Canucks being the loss of Mats Sundin and Mattias Ohlund. Coming in are Mikael Samuelsson, Sergei Shiro...

Sundin Saga To End Once And For All?


Darren Dreger has reported via twitter that former Quebec Nordique, Toronto Maple Leaf and Vancouver Canuck has called for a 6:30am press conference where it is expected he will announce his retirement. Over his 18 NHL seasons he played in 1346 games while scoring 564 goals and adding 785 assists. The Mats Sundin saga last summer kept the NHL community guessing through a long drawn out process before he finally signed a 1 year deal with Vancouver in December. When the season ended, Mats planned to make a decision regarding his playing career after a month or so. Of course, that never happened. As time passed it became clear that Sundin was leaning towards retirement despite a stro...