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from Craig Custance of ESPN,
Horvat and Virtanen have been great additions, and the best part is they've been introduced to the NHL in a winning atmosphere. That's not the case for some other high-profile young players. The Canucks are getting strong goaltending from Miller, which definitely helps. He's now 5-2-4 with a .927 save percentage. If he maintains that save percentage, it would be his best season since 2009-10 and the second best of his career. It's a little concerning that he's faced more shots than any goalie in the league, though. I'm still not sold on the Canucks, but they play in the Pacific, reason enough to believe they'll stay in the playoff mix all season.
more from the ESPN guys on the Canucks...
Vancouver Canucks rookie Jake Virtanen joins Dan Murphy to talk about scoring his first NHL goal and making the Canucks.
Watch below to see how the injury happened...
via Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
Brandon Prust addressed the media after the game — a rarity for an injured player — and said that initial x-rays showed he didn’t suffer a fracture after leaving late in the second period. In a cornerboards collision with Brian Flynn. Prust’s ankle rolled under him.
“I hit a rut and just rolled right over my ankle and I didn’t hear any pop,” said Prust. “It’s definitely sore and we’ll find out more tomorrow (Wednesday) with the MRI, but I won’t be skating for a few days. I was able to put weight on it, but we’re not 100 per cent sure what’s up with it.”
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from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,
One last note on the Flames and Canucks. Both teams pleased their fans by making the post-season last year, but you have to wonder if that was actually a bit counter-productive in terms of building a championship quality team.
Let me explain. Calgary got to the second round, and then felt it had to try to improve immediately when the chance came to trade for Hamilton, moving a first round pick in the process. The Flames have Bennett and Sean Monahan, but you have to wonder if this isn’t a team that could have used one more high pick as much or more than a playoff spot if winning a Cup is the goal.
Same for the Canucks. GM Jim Benning is trying to retool on the fly, bringing in kids at the same time as this team continues to revolve around the Sedins, who aren’t showing signs of going anywhere in the near future. As long as they are there, Vancouver could continue to be just good enough not to get one of the very best picks – they took winger Brock Boeser 23rd overall in June – which means they will continue to build a list of good, but not outstanding, young prospects. Unless they get very lucky.
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Henrik Sedin had done all the work, rushing up the ice on a partial breakaway, forcing a big save and rebound by the goalie. All he needed was for Daniel Sedin to do was tap it into the empty net. He swung, and he missed.
The Canucks lost 2-1 in OT to the Edmonton Oilers.
Watch Daniel Sedin talk about the play below...
Was Burrows trying to get out of the way or just had a brain freeze?
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
It’s one game, chill you maniacs.
The Flames will be fine. I think. The Canucks, no one knows.
The start, however, could not have been better. The Canucks put up 44 shots and after the first 10 minutes spent the game making the Flames bow down before them, which is roughly the opposite of what happened in the playoffs.
The Sedins were terrific. Or better. Not every night will be like this. Their production will ebb and flow. In the slumps, people will continue to say they are not first line players. People will continue to be wrong.
So be it. But I think by now we all have a strong understanding what the Sedins are going to bring, which is mostly dominated Alberta no matter how many young superstars those teams collect.
What was really intriguing tonight is how quick and mobile Vancouver’s defence looked. We all know who is gone from last year, what we don’t know is what kind of difference it’s going to make.
Game highlights are below...
from Thomas Drance of Sportsnet,
A full generation has passed since Vancouver Canucks president Trevor Linden made his NHL debut as a fresh-faced 18-year-old way back in 1988. And in that time only five teenaged players have appeared in so much as a single NHL game for the franchise.
On Wednesday night when the club kicks off the 2015-16 regular season in Calgary, that number may balloon to seven, with the anticipated NHL regular season debuts of a pair of 19-year-old forwards: Jared McCann and Jake Virtanen.
While it’s still possible that one of Virtanen or McCann will watch the regular season opener from the press box, there’s no question following Monday’s roster manoeuvres that the two 2014 first-round picks have made the team.
While McCann’s and Virtanen’s inclusion on the opening day roster is representative of a bona fide sea change for an organization that has so often been described as “aging rapidly” in recent years, it’s only the tip of the iceberg. Rookie defenceman Ben Hutton, 22, has also made the club with a surprising showing in training camp, and Bo Horvat, 20, and Sven Baertschi, 22, will likely play prominent offensive roles on Wednesday night.
from Tim Wharnsby at NHL.com,
Twin forwards Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks are not ready to make their harness racing hobby into a full-time endeavor just yet.
The Sedins, who own several standardbred racehorses in Sweden and North America, will celebrate their 35th birthdays Saturday and have heard the chatter their time in the NHL is running out.
But all you have to do is look at the top 10 players in the scoring race from the 2014-15 season to discover they remain among the elite.
Daniel finished tied for eighth with 76 points (20 goals), slightly better than Henrik, who tied for 10th with 73 points (18 goals).
"I don't really listen to [naysayers]," Daniel said. "We showed last year that we can still play at a high level. For us, it's about staying in shape and staying healthy. If we can do that there is no reason why we can't play in this league a few more seasons."
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