Babych Please - January 6th, 2017

Grainne Downey
January 06 2017 01:00PM


The Canucks are on a roll. You know what else goes on a roll? A hot dog. If you count a hot dog bun as a roll, which I do. Read on to catch up on the Hotdog Horvat saga, Sven Baertschi’s dancing abilities, and more.

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January 06 2017 11:00AM

The red-hot Calgary Flames come back to Vancouver to battle the Canucks in what we can only imagine will be a test of supreme strength and skill. Calgary, having won four of their last five games including the pre-Christmas drubbing, take on a Canucks team who themselves are white hot by winning their last five straight games. 

With the Blue Jackets losing last night, the Canucks now have the longest win streak in the NHL. Like any of us were surprised.

Bring on the Flames!

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Nation World HQ
January 06 2017 08:00AM

Spy vs Spy

The first matchup in a back-to-back set has the Calgary Flames facing off in Vancouver, and we've asked writers from both FlamesNation and CanucksArmy to get you set for tonight's matchup. We've also put together a few notes to get you ready for game one of the home and home. 

Please note that this article is posted at both CanucksArmy and FlamesNation

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
January 06 2017 05:00AM

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Top Nation moments of 2016, Leafs continue 3rd period collapse, Sedins struggling to carry their line, the Flames and Matt Duchene, Chiarelli deserves credit in Edmonton, the Doug Gilmour trade 25 years ago, Jacob Trouba, Expansion, another Nation member hired by an NHL team and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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The Sedins Can't Carry a Line Anymore

J.D. Burke
January 05 2017 05:00PM


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The Sedin twins aren't what they used to be, but who is at 36-years-old? Father time catches up with the best of us, and whether their games depended on youthful hallmarks like speed or physicality or not, they're suffering it the same as anyone.

It's not that they're necessarily bad players. Far from it, even. Whether they have enough to carry a first line without help on a nightly basis is another question entirely. As the season continues and the pair drag onwards towards their lowest point rate over a full season since their fifth season, it becomes increasingly clear that answer is a resounding no.

In fairness to the Sedins, though, it's not a question they likely anticipated responding to this season. The Canucks signed Loui Eriksson to a lucrative six-year contract with a spot alongside the Sedins in mind. Barring that, they had Jannik Hansen to fall back on.

Whether by circumstance or choice, the Sedins have played sparing with either since October. The best-laid plans, and so on. Let's dig into exactly what kind of impact the alternatives are having on their ability to push play as the Canucks premier line.

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