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Best & Worst Nucks
It may be an unusual season in terms of length in this post-lockout world, but aside from that it’s yet another year and yet another slow start for the Vancouver Canucks.
However, unless the uncertain tangle the team is in gets unravelled mighty quick this year could be done and dusted. The middling start for the team matches the indifferent performance of the team’s stars.
Let’s take a look at the best and the worst of the Canucks line-up so far.
Was supposed to be parcelled up and sold off to the highest bidder to make way for the royal successor, but Luuuu has provided some stability in net while Cory Schneider finds his groove.
For all the criticism thrown at him, the slick haired one projects professionalism…and a strong goals against average.
(He’ll also get the nod tonight vs. the Avs.)
Has been seen variously as a project in the making, and a fourth liner, but a four game goal streak has merited him time on the vaunted Sedins line. He is still very much unpolished, but at least someone on the team is playing with strength, passion, and energy.
Can he inherit some Sedinery?
For all the criticism thrown at him, the slick haired one projects professionalism
Is the only defenseman who can truly lay claim to the defence tag. He has kept his game simple as always, funneling his check to the outside and quickly extricating the puck for the forwards.
If only the other blue liners realized that is the primary duty of their position.
Seems absolutely lost at the moment. He is tied for a team worst minus 3, and looks unfit and clumsy on his skates. For a player commonly regarded as a true professional, his lack of readiness must be a disheartening sight.
Is a big budget bust at this early point. He has contributed nothing to the offence, particularly the power play, which is his supposed strength. The BC native has also been guilty of a couple of glaringly awful giveaways, especially his blunder in the San Jose contest.
The lanky defenceman must get it going.
Has been the poorest player of all this year for the Canucks. The new faceoff rules appear to have sapped his effectiveness in his specialty skill and he looks to be far too slow and ineffective on the checking line and fourth line duty.
It’s a sad sight for such a good man.
Throw in the fact he’s got a newborn at home and we all know (parents that is) how much of a factor that will have on his daily energy level.
What about it Vancouver fans? Who do you see as the best and worst players so far for the Canucks? Weigh in below in our comments section here at NWSB?
The sprint for the 2013 Stanley Cup is underway. Every 6-7 games I’ll weigh in with my overachievers & underachieving Nucks. Stay tuned.
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Here we go again…
Really? Do you want to talk about something else around the water cooler today?
The Canucks won, so you have most, if not all of your hair; and it was only a Wednesday, so you’re probably not droopy eyed and clinging to that fifth cup of coffee.
I just wanted to take a second to touch on the goalie issues the Canucks are currently having, or not currently having...
Roberto Luongo made 24 saves for his first win of the season and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-0 on Wednesday night.
Luongo, who has been on the trading block since Cory Schneider replaced him as Vancouver's No. 1 goaltender, was rarely tested but still made some big saves in his 61st career shutout.
With the Canucks leading 2-0 in the third, Luongo stopped...
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The Canucks keep waiting on the bidding war to develop (AKA, Toronto...
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Headline: Canucks Look to Snap Two game Slide – Host Avalanche Wednesday Night
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The Canucks will likely turn back to Cory Schneider when they host the Colorado Avalanche...
Roberto Luongo turned in a 24-save shutout over the Colorado Avalanche last night as the Canucks improved to 3-2-2 this season. Zack Kassian had his fifth goal of the year in the win.
Let’s take a look at the rest of a short night on ice.
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Now, he's proving to be an asset.
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By Bill Kellett
No one in the city of Vancouver thought they would ever see Roberto Luongo in net again for the Vancouver Canucks. Yet, there he was between the pipes in the first game of the season.
He took over in relief of the newly anointed No. 1 Cory Schneider after possibly his worst game in professional hockey.
One game later, there he was again drawing the starting...
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The Vancouver Canucks‘ first week (and a bit) of the new shortened NHL season is in the books. Entering Monday the C’s owned a record of 2-2-1 and sit near the middle of the pack in the Western Conference. The reduced number of games in this lockout-altered season means that each game matters that much more than in typical years.
If you’re a Canucks...
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Headline: Heated and Hated Rivalry Continues – Canucks Host Blackhawks Friday Night
One of the best rivalry’s in the NHL writes another chapter Friday night when the Chicago Blackhawks, fresh of their first loss of the season (albeit a shootout loss) pays visit to the Vancouver Canucks who climbed over .500 with a 3-0 win over Colorado on Wednesday night...
Home, Sweet, Home
The Vancouver Canucks are back at home for a quick two game home stand, which sees them play host tonight to the Colorado Avalanche tonight and the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.
Here then are my Canucks gameday tips for how to put a W in the win column tonight.
Glass Half Full
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