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Columbus Puts Some Hurt On Vancouver

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

Call it the John Tortorella Revenge Tour.

In a span of eight days, the Columbus Blue Jackets took four points off the Vancouver Canucks and donated another four to the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers. So that’s negative eight points for the Canucks in the Pacific Division playoff race.

Spectacularly one-and-done as the Canucks’ coach after a 2013-14 season that saw Vancouver miss the playoffs for the first time in six years, Tortorella, impossibly, has the Blue Jackets still holding down a playoff spot in the merciless Eastern Conference despite Columbus leading the National Hockey League in injuries and nightly dressing a lineup that comes with a media guide.

Playing their second game is as many nights – after losing Saturday in Edmonton – the Blue Jackets largely suffocated the Canucks, refusing to yield any space in front of their net and beating Vancouver 2-1.

It occurred one week after the Canucks blew a two-goal lead in Columbus in the final eight minutes and lost 5-3, spooking the team and its fan base and making clear to all that Vancouver may actually miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs after squandering a nine-point cushion in the standings.

Vancouver has lost five of its last six games. Columbus has won three out of 15, but swept the Canucks.


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‘Smaller’ Calder Odds

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Only three defencemen have won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year in the past 20 years, and all three shared a certain profile.

Aaron Ekblad was six-foot-four, 215 pounds when he won five years ago. Tyler Myers was six-foot-eight, 220 pounds when he won in 2010. Seven years before that, St. Louis defenceman Barret Jackman was the winner. Jackman wasn’t a giant at six-feet, 200 pounds, but he was a physical, stay-at-home type who never scored more than four goals in an NHL season....

Two small, puck-moving defencemen, both products of the U.S. college system, are in a fierce battle for this year’s Calder. Neither Quinn Hughes of the Vancouver Canucks nor Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche reach the six-foot mark, and neither tips the scales at 200 pounds. You wouldn’t be wrong if you described either as skinny.

Both are swift-skating blue-liners, absolute wizards with the puck, and both would have trouble moving a medium-sized NHL forward from the crease area.

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  Tags: cale+makar, quinn+hughes

Vancouver Injury Report

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Tyler Toffoli Headed To Vancouver



added 8:51pm LAK release is below.

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Videos- The Sedin Sweaters’ Go To The Rafters

The short version, 4 minutes long is first, the whole ceremony, 53 minutes is below.


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Video- A Look At The Sedin Twins

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

Brian Burke narrates the story of Vancouver Canucks legends Daniel and Henrik Sedin.


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Video- #22 & #33 Will Be Raised To The Rafters In Vancouver Tonight

The ceremony begins at 9:00pm ET tonight.

via the YouTube page of Sportsnet,

With Daniel and Henrik Sedin getting their numbers 22 and 33 retired by the Canucks on Wednesday night, longtime Vancouver  Insider Dan Murphy joins Faizal Khamisa to discuss his favourite memories of the Sedins, and their legacy with the city and organization.


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Video- Travis Green Responds To The Hit On Elias Petterson

from Patrick Johnston of the Vancouver Province,

Asked Tuesday about a hit by Bruins defenceman Matt Grzelcyk on Canucks centre Elias Petterson, Vancouver head coach Travis Green pulled no punches and echoed comments he made during his star centre’s rookie season, calling out league officials for not doing enough to protect the game’s best players.

“I’m so frustrated with it. This guy is one of the best young players in the league. He gets hit and he’s totally defenceless … it’s two seconds after he lets go of the puck. I’ve watched it a couple times,” a visibly frustrated Green said after Tuesday’s 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins.

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Watch the hit below.

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Has Quinn Hughes Passed Cale Makar In the Race For The Calder Trophy?

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Some mini-musings after a successful weekend for the Canucks:

The Calder Trophy race is far from decided but, from a Vancouver perspective at least, Quinn Hughes has pulled slightly ahead of Colorado’s Cale Makar.

Hughes now leads all rookie scorers with 39 points, two ahead of Makar; their fancy statistics are comparable and Hughes averages 53 seconds more ice time per game.

But the comparison comes down to something more elemental. Hughes is more important to the Canucks than Makar is to the Colorado Avalanche. He gives them a power play. He gives them an NHL-calibre blue-line. He’s been a driving force on the NHL’s most improved team.

Makar is a dazzling talent but the Avs would still be pretty good without him. Don’t see the Canucks in first place in their division without Hughes.

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Vancouver Canucks Record 14 Shots On Goal In 4-1 Win Over The Pittsburgh Penguins

from the CP at Sportsnet,

The game was decided before the opposition got its first shot on goal.

The Vancouver Canucks outshot the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-0 in the first period and scored two power-play goals as they cruised to a 4-1 win on Saturday at Rogers Arena.

"We came out, feeling good going into this game," said Canucks winger J.T. Miller, who tallied the game winner with three minutes left in the opening frame. "I thought we had the right start.

"Obviously, they didn’t get a shot in the first period, so you can’t get a better start than that."

"First period was great," said goaltender Jacob Markstrom, who made 28 saves in the game’s final 40 minutes. "We had some power plays and scored two goals and didn’t let one shot on net and kept them outside through the first period."


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