December 10 2011 08:06PM

The holiday season is almost upon us and your ol' pal Lowetide has given you an early gift with this week's NationRadio episode. Oilers talk? Check. Flames stuff? Why not. Ryan Lambert explaining what exactly "Ovechkin's steroids" are exactly? Oh yeah.

This is NationRadio.

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Manny Malhotra on Faceoffs

Jonathan Willis
December 10 2011 01:41PM

The faceoff circle is a place where the Vancouver Canucks can boast a lot more talent than the typical NHL team. The Canucks are presently the NHL’s third-best faceoff team after leading the league in that department one season ago.

And on the Canucks, nobody is better than veteran checking center Manny Malhotra.

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December 9th News and Notes

Robert Cleave
December 09 2011 01:29PM



It's time for another review of some of the items of interest from around the Nation and the league, as teams move into the middle third of the season. In this week's overview, the Oilers hit a sour patch, the Canucks carry on without a couple of useful pieces, and the Leafs' ownership changes hands.

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Wolf Prowl: December 9th, 2011

Patrick Johnston
December 09 2011 10:47AM

Several Chicago Wolves Players Are Photoshopped into this Festive Team Photo.

The old cliche 'consistently inconsistent' is once again in view. The Wolves were rolling through November, looking like they'd found their form. Apparently the end of the month is a bad thing for them. A poor finish to the last month was reinforced by a couple more bad showing last weekend.

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Canucks Rally, Defeat Habs in Skill Competition

Thomas Drance
December 08 2011 10:54PM

Mason Raymond beats Carey Price short-handed to key the Canucks rally.

It began with a familiar script for the Canucks this season: a series of missed calls, iffy goaltending and some lackluster even-strength play conspired to put the team down early. The Canucks were handily out-chancing the hometown Habs (9-5 in the first twenty minutes) but nonetheless found themselves down two to nothing through twenty minutes. Then Erik Cole turned a Sami Salo turnover at the offensive blueline the other way, and beat Luongo on a softy to put the game away, or so it seemed. That's when the Canucks threw out the the "Fall 2011" script, and turned to the "Winter 2010 script." The show must go on, of course, and the Canucks put on a pretty good one, staging an impressive comeback as Mason Raymond, Cody Hodgson and Sami Salo tallied in the shootout victory.

A more extensive recap, chance data and tonight's statistical three stars after the jump!

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