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Canuck Nation's Tough Questions Answered

With the season at its quarter mark, it’s time that fans, analysts and bloggers give their take on what is shaping up to be a very interesting season for the Vancouver Canucks. I posed a series of questions to great hockey minds in hopes that their answers would interest both Canuck Nation and the NHL world.

Kurtis Harms, an avid Vancouver Canucks fan, Marc Parsons, a Colorado Avalanche fan and great blogger, Tyler Ferris, a die-hard Detroit Red Wings supporter and Mike Luciano, a passionate, insightful writer for the New Jersey Devils, all agreed to answer some tough questions on the Vancouver Canucks. Without further ado, here are their answers.

Q) What is th...

Schneider's Time To Shine

With Roberto Luongo out of the line-up the last few games, fans have been seeing the future (or what they hope will be the future). Corey Schneider has been the man between the pipes since Bobby Lou went down on November 15th and has made a case for the number one spot in Vancouver’s net.

Corey Schneider has been the go-to guy for the Canucks, but these last two games have been huge for him. He split his two starts with a 5-1 loss to Chicago (Nov 16) and a 2-1 win against Ottawa (Nov 20), but despite the loss, he has looked great in net and has really transformed into a smart NHL caliber goalie (when to play the pu...

Vancouver Canucks Quarter Mark Reviews: Henrik Sedin

The Vancouver Canucks’ hockey season is about a quarter of the way through and that means it is the perfect time to do player reviews. It has often been said that the twenty game mark is when General Managers and coaches begin looking at the roster for possible moves and improvements. For bloggers, like myself, it is no different. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be working my way through the Canucks roster giving a review for each player. Next up is Henrik Sedin.

I’ve got to give Henrik a lot of credit. He has been the better Sedin as of late and he really isn’t showing signs of slowing down. With 7 goals in 20 games to go along with 22 points and a +6 rat...

Vancouver Canucks Quarter Mark Reviews: Daniel Sedin

The Vancouver Canucks’ hockey season is about a quarter of the way through and that means it is the perfect time to do player reviews. It has often been said that the twenty game mark is when General Managers and coaches begin looking at the roster for possible moves and improvements. For bloggers, like myself, it is no different. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be working my way through the Canucks roster giving a review for each player. We’ll begin with Daniel Sedin.

With 24 points in 20 games, Daniel Sedin shouldn’t have fans overly surprised that his name is atop the team’s scoring leader chart. For, over the past few seasons, the Sedin twins hav...

The State of Canuck Nation After Lopsided Chicago Loss

It doesn’t take any great hockey mind to look at the Canucks’ 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks to understand that something is really wrong with this team right now.  The Canucks are playing some of the most inconsistent hockey that we’ve seen in Alain Vigneault’s tenure in Vancouver. 

The Canucks came into the Chicago game riding a streak that had seen them put up 3 wins in their last 4 games.  While those numbers aren’t spectacular, it is worth noting that the style of play was significantly more “Canuck like” than the play we saw in October.  Finally, it looked as though the team was going to be able t...

Josh Bailey, Meet Michael Grabner

Imagine this:

You are 18-years-old.  You have just completed the best hockey season of your entire life – racing up draft boards from a low-mid round pick into a projected mid first round pick.  It is an incredibly exciting night, as you sit there with your family waiting and hoping to hear your name called. 

You watch as commissioner Gary Bettman announces the Islanders trading down 2 picks.  Then trading down 2 more picks.  The Islanders staff takes the stage ready to announce their ninth overall pick, and you are still not thinking too much of it.

Then you hear it.

“The New York Islanders select Josh Bailey.”

November Notes

We are in mid-November, and it is time for my look at the Canucks this month thus far. The 'Nucks have played 7 games up till now (1 home, 6 road), and have managed to get 8 of 14 points. Brian Raiger takes a look at what the Canucks have done correctly and what they need to do for their remaining 6 games of the month and season ahead.

NOV. 1 - CANUCKS @ FLAMES - SCORE: 5-1 W

The key to any game is to have a successful first 20 minutes, come out hard hitting, get the puck deep, draw a penalty, and convert. This is what happened for the Canucks, scoring 3 goals in the first 20 minutes (2 of them with the extra man, and one of these PP goals coming with 19 seconds left in th...

Islanders Look To Rebound Against Vancouver

After losing a tough game to the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday, the Islanders look to finish off their West Coast road trip on a happy note. They will be facing the Vancouver Canucks, a team that made it to the Stanley Cup Finals this past season.

The last time these two teams faced each other, both teams got a point, but the Canucks came out with two of them, defeating the Islanders in a shootout.

The Canucks bring along former Islander Roberto Luongo, who has been struggling so far this season along with the rest of the Canucks squad. Only having 17 points so far this season, the Canucks will look to get over the .500 plateau. So the Islanders need to expect a strong game o...

The Vancouver Canucks and the Raffi Torres Effect

Despite the Canucks not playing their best hockey as of late, I do believe that this is a strong team built to succeed this season.  If this team doesn’t make the playoffs, I would be completely shocked.  As a whole, this is a solid team that has a lot to offer each and every night.

That being said, I do think there is one glaring weakness on this team, and that is bottom six grit.  I’m not talking about fighters like Volpatti and Weise (as I believe those guys are capable of the job), I’m talking about the grit that is so apparently missing on the third line.

Think back to the good times last year.  The third line consisted of Manny Malho...

Canucks Dethrone Kings; Head to Anaheim on Winning Note

On the first night of the California back-to-backs, the Canucks got exactly what they needed. The team took an early lead allowing the coaches to spread out the ice time to avoid tiredness for tomorrow’s game.

After jumping out to a quick 3-0 lead with goals from Salo (4), Ebbett (1) and Rome (2), the Canucks sat back and floated around waiting for tomorrow to arrive. Here on my thoughts on tonight’s game.

- Salo makes the Canucks defense so much better. He is so calm and experienced that he makes those around him appear that much better. With 4 goals on the season, Salo is a dominant defenseman in this league right now. I will go as far to say that he is...