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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Report: Markstrom may still be weeks away from return; will we see Bachman soon?

Thomas Drance
October 27 2015 04:00PM

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Ostensible Vancouver Canucks backup goaltender Jacob Markstrom, 25, is still nursing a hamstring injury sustained immediately prior to the start of the 2015-16 campaign. Markstrom could still be a couple of weeks away from a return to action, according to News 1130 Sports: 

Even once Markstrom is cleared, News 1130 Sports suggests that he'll likely get a game or two at the AHL level to work out the kinks that inevitably set in when a goaltender has had a month off. 

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Canucks to make a decision on keeping Virtanen, McCann in the 'next few days'

Thomas Drance
October 27 2015 11:12AM

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As Vancouver Canucks 19-year-old forwards Jared McCann and Jake Virtanen approach the nine-game barrier, at which point the first year of their entry-level contracts will be tolled, the Canucks are facing a difficult decision. Do they keep one of or both of Virtanen and McCann around for the entire season, or will the teenaged forwards be sent back to junior?

It's a decision the club expects to make shortly, according to reporting from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.

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VIDEO: Canucks prospect Brock Boeser had an impressive weekend

Thomas Drance
October 25 2015 03:03PM

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Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning has built his professional reputation at the draft table and so far University of North Dakota forward Brock Boeser, Vancouver's first-round pick at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, is making him look very smart.

Boeser, 18, is just six games into his freshman campaign with North Dakota (the school recently and respectably decided to retire their 'Fighting Sioux' nickname and won't choose another until later this month), but he's beginning to generate serious buzz. The tough American-born winger stood out again this weekend in a pair of games against Vermont, scoring a goal and adding two assists. With two victories this weekend North Dakota improved to 4-0-2 on the season, and are sure to retain their No. 1 ranking in division one.

Though he's three years younger than most of the key players on his team, Boeser's contributions have been crucial for North Dakota. It's early, but it's still worthwhile to spend some time discussing Boeser's impressive start to the season.

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GIF: Daniel Sedin scores incredible, immediately disallowed goal with his forearm

Thomas Drance
October 24 2015 09:55PM

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The Sedin twins put on a show at Rogers Arena on Saturday night.

Facing the Detroit Red Wings on Hockey Night in Canada, Henrik Sedin managed a breakaway (and didn't score) within seconds of the opening faceoff on Saturday, and that was just the start of it for Vancouver's top line. Throughout the opening two periods of the contest the five-alarm scoring chances came in waves for both Henrik and Daniel. Daniel was particularly exciting to watch as he was willing to try anything, from a jam play where he put the puck through his legs first, to a forearm tally the likes of which I've never seen before. 

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