November 18 2015 12:00PM

A new day, a new opponent. Will the Canucks strategically piece together a 60-minute effort or will we fall victim to "moral victories, building and frustration" yet again? The Canucks face the Jets in Winnipeg and they will get back some key minutes in Burrows. Winnipeg is a fun team to play and their fans will most definitely bring it. It would be great to pull a win out tonight.

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Canucks' Vrbata misses game-day skate in Winnipeg; Grenier called up

Thomas Drance
November 18 2015 10:04AM

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The hockey gods just won't lay off of Vancouver Canucks forward Radim Vrbata.

Vrbata, 34, has been one of the most effective volume shooters in hockey this year, but he just can't buy a goal. And now it seems that the veteran forward may be a bit banged up, as he missed the club's game-day skate at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, MB on Wednesday morning, the club announced.

On its own, a player missing a game-day skate isn't much of anything to worry about. Usually the coach says it's maintenance, and we go on with our merry lives. That Vrbata's absence coincides with a roster move - the club reassigned AHL leading scorer Hunter Shinkaruk to the American Hockey League and recalled Alexandre Grenier on Wednesday - would suggest that there may be more than just maintenance going on in this case.

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Benning Eye for the Stats Guy: Sudbury vs Mississauga

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November 17 2015 02:00PM

In a recent Benning Eye for a Stats Guy post, we saw the Mississauga Steelheads fall to the Erie Otters in a game where the Steelheads top draft prospects, Alex Nylander (PCS pace 26%), Michael McLeod (PCS pace 18%), and Sean Day (11%) were pretty underwhelming. Would they redeem themselves in Benning's second viewing on November 15th versus Sudbury? Find out after the jump. 

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Babych Please - Nov. 17th, 2015

Grainne Downey
November 17 2015 12:00PM


In between finding new ways to lose on their road trip from hell, the Canucks are trying their best to have fun off the ice, with some fun behind-the-scenes photos, a very chatty Ben Hutton, and even an MTV doppelgänger:

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How closely should the Canucks be monitoring Tyson Barrie's situation?

Thomas Drance
November 17 2015 10:25AM

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The Colorado Avalanche are a tire fire, and it isn't just their defensive performance this season.

A budget team in a soft marketplace, the Avalanche have struggled to retain top talent in recent years; losing Paul Stastny to unrestricted free agency and Ryan O'Reilly in a lopsided trade with the Buffalo Sabres following a protracted and contentious series of contract negotiations. 

Now Matt Duchene, a top-line point producer and one of the best pure skaters in the game, is the subject of trade speculation. And defenseman Tyson Barrie's name is beginning to come up as well. Barrie is a Victoria-born defenseman and a right-handed shooter, who excels in transition. He's signed through this year and will be a restricted free agent for several seasons thereafter. If Barrie begins to shake loose though, how interested should the Canucks be?

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