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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 12:44 pm
 


Vancouver vs Edmonton

The Canucks close out the pre-season tonight when they host the Edmonton Oilers in the back half of a home-and-home series at Rogers Arena.

After stumbling through the first six pre-season contests with mixed results, the Canucks found a way to put everything together in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Oilers even though they were missing some of their top stars including the Sedin twins, Radim Vrbata, and Alex Edler. The Canucks enjoyed their most dominant and consistent performance of the pre-season out-shooting the Oilers 29-23, winning 54 percent of the faceoffs, and had the lion's share of the scoring opportunities on the night.

As is usually the case in the pre-season finale, both teams are likely to dress lineups close, if not exact, to what they plan to start in the regular season opener although the Canucks still seem to be on the fence with regards to several of their youngsters who are pushing for roster spots. Look for Ryan Miller to go the distance in net for Vancouver.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 1:49 pm
 


Vancouver at Calgary
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The new season begins in the same building that last season ended for the Canucks when they travel to the Saddledome tonight in search of revenge against the Calgary Flames.

When the Canucks hit the ice in Calgary tonight, they will look drastically different from the team that was eliminated by the Flames in last spring's post-season. While a large part of the core does remain, there are up to seven newcomers (eight including recalled goaltender Richard Bachman) to the team who could potentially make their Canuck debuts tonight. Most of the attention will undoubtedly be focused on Jake Virtanen, Jared McCann, and Ben Hutton – the rookie trio who lit it up during pre-season and are part of an invigorating new youth movement for the club.

Based on yesterday's practice lines, however, it appears as though Virtanen, along with defenceman Yannick Weber, could be the healthy scratches for opening night. Look for newcomer Brandon Sutter, a natural centre, to skate as a winger on the top line with the Sedin twins. Ryan Miller is expected to get the call between the pipes for Vancouver going up against Karri Ramo, who is part of Calgary's three-headed monster in the crease. Among the new faces expected to debut for the Flames include ex-Jet Michael Frolik and ex-Bruin Dougie Hamilton.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 3:22 pm
 


I remember talk of tough decisions over the rookies. Any that didn't make the cut that you think should be on the ice tonight, Hyack?


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 4:13 pm
 


The one thing that surprised me was this.....

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Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have placed forward Linden Vey and defencemen Frank Corrado and Alex Biega on waivers today at 9:00 am with the intention of assigning them to the Utica Comets.


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The Vancouver Canucks surprised many when they dropped defensive prospect Frank Corrado on waivers, hoping to sneak the 22-year-old blueliner to the AHL.

No such luck: The Toronto Maple Leafs pounced on him, putting forward Richard Panik on waivers while claiming Corrado on Tuesday.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 10:03 pm
 


5 - 1 Vancouver

So far, so good.

Having seen the kid, Ben Hutton play a few times now I think I get the Frank Corrado thing.

He's good. He appears ready. Watcha gonna do? You have to try to to sneak somebody through waivers to get Hutton in the lineup. Who're you going to use if not Corrado?


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 10:09 pm
 


Good opener. Hopefully it's what we'll see on a regular basis.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 1:43 pm
 


Vancouver vs Calgary
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The Canucks look to knock off the Calgary Flames for the second time in as many tries tonight when they host their division rival in their home opener at Rogers Arena.

Three nights after posting a convincing 5-1 season-opening win over Calgary, the Canucks will look for a repeat performance tonight when they welcome the Flames for the first of just two visits they will make to Vancouver all season long. Barring any unforeseen changes leading up to game time, it appears the Canucks will dress the exact same line-up as they did on Wednesday meaning rookie forward Jake Virtanen and veteran defenceman Yannick Weber are set to sit out again. Vancouver is looking to start off their season with back-to-back wins for the second year in a row.

The Flames, meanwhile, look like they will make at least one change to their line-up bringing in Mason Raymond in place of Josh Jooris, the latter who scored a 3-on-3 overtime winner at Rogers Arena during the pre-season. Raymond was actually placed on waivers prior to the start of the season but was kept on the roster rather than assigned to Stockton (AHL). Look for Ryan Miller to be between the pipes for the Canucks while the Flames turn to Jonas Hiller. Hiller lost both of his starts against the Canucks in the 2014.15 regular season but did record three playoff wins versus Vancouver.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 9:50 pm
 


OT Loss, meh. Undefeated so far anyway. Miller played well. Lots of bad passes, especially on the D.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 9:52 pm
 


I've always been a supporter of the Sedins up until tonight. That was a fucking garbage move for 15 year veterans. They both look like they have cancer. We'd be good to trade them for more young blood that delivers.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 10:06 pm
 


Oh well. I really didn't expect game 2 to go the game 1 did. At least we got 3/4 points against Calgary.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 1:52 pm
 


Vancouver at Anaheim
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The Canucks travel to the Honda Center tonight to battle the Anaheim Ducks and a few familiar faces.

Motivation is usually never an issue when you're going up against one of the top teams in the league but there will be extra special incentive for both sides tonight. This game is, of course, the first time the Canucks and Ducks will meet since they got together on June 30 to swing the deal that sent popular defenceman Kevin Bieksa to Anaheim. The Ducks, who already boast former Vancouver fan-favourite in Ryan Kesler on their roster from a trade two off-seasons ago, also signed one-time Canuck Mike Santorelli as part of a busy summer.

While the clash of former teammates is sure to be the prevailing storyline in this contest, the Canucks will primarily be focused on bouncing back from a 3-2 overtime loss in their home opener to the Flames on Saturday by spoiling the Ducks' home opener tonight. Anaheim began their season on a sour note dropping a 2-0 decision on Saturday to the Sharks. The Canucks did not tip their hat on tonight's line-up in yesterday's practice although Ryan Miller is expected to start in net.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 8:17 pm
 


woo cracknell for the tie


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 9:41 pm
 


Woo, SO Victory

Defensive play was much better. Game could have went either way, both teams played well. Pretty good entertainment and the Canucks are still undefeated in regulation time.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2015 4:37 pm
 


Vancouver at Los Angeles
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The Canucks look for a second straight win to close out their short California road trip tonight when they take on a familiar foe in the Los Angeles Kings.

There may have been some warm, fuzzy feelings last night when the Canucks and Ducks got together with Anaheim boasting three popular former players who used to call Vancouver home. That won't be the case tonight, however, when the Canucks meet the Kings – a team they have developed quite a healthy rivalry against over the past few seasons thanks to some playoff meetings. While the two teams did not meet this past spring in the post-season, the Canucks played a key role in making sure there would be no playoff hockey in Hollywood with a couple of huge head-to-head victories down the stretch – something the Kings have surely not forgotten.

The Canucks, who squeaked out a 2-1 shootout win last night in Anaheim thanks in large part to the heroics of Ryan Miller in net, would love nothing more than to return home with four out of a possible four points on this road swing and hand the Kings their third straight loss to begin the season. After last night's performance, and considering the Canucks have two days off after tonight before they host the Blues on Friday, don't be surprised to see Ryan Miller get the call again between the pipes.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2015 8:39 pm
 


woo cracknell for the lead


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