Canucks' McCann has left no doubt, but Desjardins is right to be concerned about his defense

Thomas Drance
October 31 2015 02:11PM

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At this point it's hard to imagine the Vancouver Canucks deciding to send their leading goal scorer back to junior. In the unlikely event that the club does decide to sent 2014 first-round draft pick Jared McCann back East to winter in the Soo though, it will be because of his still iffy defensive play.

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Canucks' Hamhuis to miss at least 2 more games with lower-body injury

Thomas Drance
October 28 2015 12:19PM

The Vancouver Canucks left Vancouver for the warmer climate of Phoenix, Az. on Wednesday afternoon. Defenseman Dan Hamhuis, however, was left behind.

Hamhuis, 32, missed the club's victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday evening with an injury that the team is saying is of the lower-body variety. Though the official line suggested that Hamhuis missing a game was more of a 'maintenance'-type thing, he'll now remain in Vancouver for further evaluation the club announced on Wednesday.

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Canucks Army Postgame: Streak breakers

Thomas Drance
October 27 2015 10:45PM

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Do you have a streak in need of breaking? Call your friendly neighbourhood Vancouver Canucks, they'll take care of it for you.

The Montreal Canadiens rolled into Vancouver with an opportunity to set an NHL record with their 10th consecutive win to open the season. And the Canucks, like they did with Detroit's home unbeaten streak back in 2011-12, snapped it thanks to a dominant first-period performance from their fourth line.

In addition to breaking Montreal's streak, Vancouver broke their own home losing streak. It took them five tries, but the Canucks have finally got themselves into the win column on Rogers Arena ice.

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Canucks' Prust will miss upcoming road trip with ankle injury

Thomas Drance
October 27 2015 09:41PM

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Vancouver Canucks grinder Brandon Prust sustained an apparent ankle injury late in the second period of Tuesday night's game against his former team, the Montreal Canadiens.

Prust was skating towards an engagement with Canadiens fourth-liner Brian Flynn when he appeared to hit a rut, though his skate may have connected with Flynn's skate or stick, and fell awkwardly. The hard-nosed forward instantly grabbed at his left ankle and seemed to be in an enormous level of pain, although he eventually skated down the tunnel under his own power. 

Unsurprisingly, Prust didn't return for the beginning of the third period.

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Lower-body injury will keep Canucks' Dan Hamhuis out of Tuesday night's game vs. Habs

Thomas Drance
October 27 2015 06:51PM

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The Vancouver Canucks will be without veteran defender Dan Hamhuis on Tuesday night, when they attempt to prevent the Montreal Canadiens from making NHL history on Rogers Arena ice.

Hamhuis, 32, will miss the game with what the club is describing as a lower-body injury. In Hamhuis' absence Matt Bartkowski will draw back into the lineup according to Brad Zeimer of the Vancouver Sun. I'd expect Bartkowski to play on a - scare quotes - "second pair" with Yannick Weber. 

UPDATE: based on line rushes the Canucks have opted to put Ben Hutton on a pair with Weber, which means that Bartkowski will be partnered with Luca Sbisa. We'll have to watch how the ice time unfolds, but I'd suspect that Sbisa and Bartkowski will log second pair minutes at 5-on-5 for the Canucks tonight...

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