Pacific War Room

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November 30 2014 09:30AM

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Courtesy of The Royal Half, here's a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific division from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams, including the Oilers, Canucks and Flames.

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First Star, Worst Star: November 30, 2014

jeanshorts
November 30 2014 07:30AM

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It's Sunday, it's colder than something that is, like, INCREDIBLY cold outside, and you can't watch football ALL day, so why not hunker down in your favorite footy pyjamas and take a gander at this week's First Star, Worst Star!

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Babych Please - November 29th

Grainne D
November 29 2014 01:13PM

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American Thanksgiving, to me, usually means that Christmas is coming soon and I should probably begin to get ready for the holidays.  If you, like me, feel sudden pressure to begin your holiday shopping, I've got your back. Read on past the jump for more info.

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Canucks Army Postgame: #Lumbus

J.D. Burke
November 28 2014 10:16PM

These aren't your father's Vancouver Canucks. Not only did Vancouver fight for an early lead, but they managed to do something so many earlier versions of this roster could not: close out the game. 

Whether it was the oft-mentioned fragility of last year's team or the laid back nature of prior, more successful iterations, this was an area the Canucks have long struggled in.

Not tonight, though. The Canucks weathered the first, put themselves ahead in the second, and put the exclamation mark on this victory in the third. Bad habits of Canucks teams past were exorcised with a 5-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night. And you know what? They made it look easy.

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Canucks Army GDT #23 - Canucks @ Blue Jackets

Thomas Drance
November 28 2014 01:30PM

The Vancouver Canucks are set to kickoff the longest road trip of their season: a seven game East coast swing that start on Friday afternoon against the perpetually banged up Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Blue Jackets are somewhat healthier than they were a month ago, but are still without key pieces like Brandon Dubinsky, Fedor Tyutin and Ryan Murray. 

After emerging as a tough, physical, defensive club that controlled play very well last season, the Blue Jackets are back to being Sergei Bobrovsky and company this year. Partly as a result of injuries, the Blue Jackets are a bottom-10 puck possession team that has been widely outscored at five-on-five so far this season. That doesn't mean Vancouver can look past this club though, after all, Bobrovsky is still an elite puck stopper and the Blue Jackets power play is extraordinarily dangerous. 

Read on past the jump (jump jump jump jump jump) for a full preview.

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