Willie Desjardins won't reveal Game 1 starter: 'I think both guys are capable of starting and playing well'

Thomas Drance
April 13 2015 04:48PM

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There's no real suspense about who will start Game 1 of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs in the Vancouver Canucks' net. It'll be Eddie Lack, who recently ditched Twitter to focus on the task at hand.

Ryan Miller isn't talking like he's a healthy player, and he isn't looking much like a healthy player. Miller, 34, has appeared in one game since sustaining a right knee sprain in late February, and he was shaky - though he improved as the game went on - in a 6-5 overtime victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins wasn't disclosing his starter on Monday, but this is a slam dunk. Lack's been on a solid run, and Miller isn't up to speed yet. 

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Brad Richardson is getting closer, could play in Game 1

Thomas Drance
April 13 2015 03:51PM

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The Vancouver Canucks penalty kill has missed Brad Richardson enormously during his lengthy convalescence from a foot injury that he sustained in mid-January. It would seem that Richardson is close to returning though, as he took part and was a full participant in the club's practice on Monday at Rogers Arena.

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Canucks Army Postgame: Sventropy

Thomas Drance
April 11 2015 11:17PM

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The legend stands with Radim Vrbata, who we think is trying to smile.
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It looked like it was going to be a traditional late-season Edmonton Oilers blowout of the Vancouver Canucks. That didn't come to pass though, as the Sedin twins and Svan Baertschi combined to erase three two-goal deficits and tie the contest through 60 minutes. 

Despite some of Ryan Miller's issues in his first game back in action after a seven week absence spent rehabbing his sprained right knee, the club scored enough that it didn't much matter and Alex Edler ultimately scored the overtime winner. 

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Radim Vrbata named Canucks MVP and most exciting player

Thomas Drance
April 11 2015 08:45PM

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Before Saturday night's glorified preseason contest against the Edmonton Oilers the club handed out their annual team awards. Like he was competing in a steely eyed glare competition, Radim Vrbata cleaned up.

Let's look a bit closer at who won which award after the jump.

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The Injury Bug: What's the latest on the health of Richardson and Kassian going into the playoffs?

Thomas Drance
April 11 2015 04:40PM

Injury Bug

The injury bug can be a Brad Marchand-level pest. 

Going into the playoffs the Vancouver Canucks' vaunted forward depth has taken a hit with inconsistent but unquestionably dynamic winger Zack Kassian and ace penalty killer Brad Richardson out of the lineup indefinitely with  a variety of injuries. 

In an appearance on TSN 1040 late on Friday night the Province's Canucks beat writer Jason Botchford shed some light on the respective health status of Kassian and Richardson. Let's recap after the jump.

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