CANUCKS ARMY GDT# 20 - CANUCKS @ COYOTES

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November 23 2016 03:00PM

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The last time these two teams played, your Vancouver Canucks prevailed in overtime courtesy a Ben Hutton penalty shot. His slick move put the Canucks further away from this year's grand prize: Nolan Patrick. Today's a new day and the Coyotes get to play host this time. Does Hutton have an encore play in store or does former Canuck Radim Vrbata get his revenge?

Canucks... Coyotes... TONIGHT!

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Canucks Army Podcast - Episode 5 - 2016-2017

Satiar Shah
November 23 2016 01:00PM

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Welcome to the 5th episode of this season's Canucks Army podcast where J.D. Burke and myself delve into a number of Canucks issues, starting with GM Jim Benning and President Trevor Linden doubling down on the current direction the Canucks have undertaken.

We also get into some of the criticism Ben Hutton has received and discuss whether we're being patient enough when it comes to the young players on this team. 

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Baertschi Struggling to Stay Positive While he Finds his Offence

Jeff Paterson
November 23 2016 11:00AM

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Sven Baertschi’s biggest challenge these days isn’t putting the puck in the net, although that's certainly near the top of his list.

No, his greatest struggle right now is to convince himself he’s playing well when he has very little to show for his efforts. Stuck on just one goal and six points 19 games into the season, Baertschi does not shy away from the fact he hasn’t had the productive start he and the Vancouver Canucks were a.

Rewarded with a two-year, $3.7 million contract in the summer after netting 15 goals last season – 10 of them after Christmas – Baertschi hoped to pick up in October where he left off last spring. Unfortunately, he appears stuck in the same rut he was 12 months ago when he couldn’t buy a goal.

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Which Canucks Are Due to Break Out?

J.D. Burke
November 23 2016 09:00AM

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No matter how the losses mount, the Canucks remain upbeat. You hear game after lost game about how well they felt they played. That they just couldn't get a bounce, and so on.

That commentary often falls on deaf ears, but I've always felt there was some semblance of merit therein. It's hard to get too invested in their lofty shot totals since they're trailing in perpetuity, but they've had their nights all the same. And their league-worst 960 PDO indicates that they truly have been among the least lucky teams this season.

Considering the extent to which this team's struggled to score goals though that shouldn't be overly surprising. I want to peel another layer off the onion and see which players are suffering this misfortune on a personal level.

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The Injury Bug: Oh, Tanev Where Art Thou

J.D. Burke
November 22 2016 11:14PM

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The Canucks are already three players into the Utica Comets roster. It's been that kind of ugly this season. We're nowhere near the body count last season inflicted, but the bodies are mounting all the same.

By my count, there's no less than four Canucks regulars (or semi-regulars, at the very least) absent from the Canucks' lineup. Each player's injury status has been kept mostly under wraps, and updates have been sparse. All the same, I'm going to try my best to get you updated in advance of their three-game road trip.

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