February 06 2017 08:00AM
Photo Credit: Sergei Belski - USA TODAY Sports
As Jannik Hansen returned to the Canucks' lineup Saturday night against the Minnesota Wild, Vancouver's roster was pushed to 23 men.
When the Canucks activate Ben Hutton from the injured reserve, that will force a decision upon them as they cull the roster to fit league regulations. Luckily, the salary cap won't be a concern, as the Canucks placed Derek Dorsett on Long Term Injured Reserve.
What should -- or rather, what will -- the Canucks do to make the grade?
February 05 2017 05:40PM
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February 05 2017 05:29PM
After a long All-Star break, the Canucks were well-rested and should have come back strong. Emphasize should have. They didn't. Outscored 10-4 in two games, the Canucks will embark on their 11-day, 6-game road-trip with the playoffs further off in the distance. The Canucks may have struggled, but that didn't stop them from putting on some noteworthy plays. With that being said, let's dive in to this week's Canucks Army features and some Canucks plays of the week.
February 05 2017 04:38PM
Photo Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin
The Canucks are in for one heck of a final stretch over the next few months. Based on how this team has played on the road, there is the potential for a significant slide in the standings. Next week, they embark on a 6-game, 11-day road trip in which they will be facing the likes of Nashville, Columbus, Pittsburgh and St. Louis. The remainder of the season follows the same type of pattern. It won't be easy, but we'll all get a clearer idea of where the Canucks stand within the next few weeks.
This week in the media, we were blessed to have both Trevor Linden and Jim Benning stop by TSN 1040 for a radio appearance. Discussions were lengthy, but it was their talk about the future that stood out.
February 04 2017 11:23PM
Jannik Hansen returning to the Canucks lineup wasn't enough to get them back in the wins column. They dropped their third straight game, convincingly, at the hands of the powerhouse Minnesota Wild.
This trend is a month-plus in the making, though. Even when Vancouver was winning and clawing their way back into the playoff picture, the signs that games like these were on the horizon were readily apparent. When this team doesn't get elite goaltending from Ryan Miller, they're a have-not in a league of haves.
That was apparent tonight. Oh, how very apparent it was. The Wild came in waves, and for each Canuck return volley, Minnesota's increased in frequency and intensity. Markus Granlund tallied a hat-trick for the Wild, and Eric Staal, Mike Reilly and Zach Parise contributed a goal a piece. Brandon Sutter led the way for the Canucks with two goals and Bo Horvat chipped in with an even strength marker.
Miller stopped 33 of 39 Wild shots for Vancouver. Devan Dubnyk held the Canucks to three goals on 27 shots.