Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
November 02 2015 01:24PM
The Vancouver Canucks lost a defenceman as quickly as they gained one this morning. While Dan Hamhuis will return to the lineup for tonight's game against the Philadelphia Flyers, head coach Willie Desjardins confirmed today that Swiss Scapegoat Luca Sbisa will is out of the lineup with an injury, and that he's been placed on injured reserve.
November 02 2015 12:00PM
Before you settle in to watch a hockey game this evening, remember a basketball game once took place here as well. It's Grizzlies night at the Rog as part of the building's #20in20 celebration which is only interesting if you're in the building. After you realize they haven't played here in forever, focus your attention to the Canucks vs. Flyers. Philly is coming off 3 straight losses and our Canucks are riding the wave of a three game point streak. Who keeps it going?
November 02 2015 10:00AM
With Sedin scrums, rookie initiations, Luca Sbisa game winners, and a first career goal, there were difficult decisions to be made this week. Read past the jump to find out if Henrik's fists are enough to overtake Jared's wrists(hots). That was a rough one.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
November 01 2015 08:15PM
Amazing how quickly things can change, isn't it? A week ago, Jake Virtanen and Jared McCann had uncertain futures. The Canucks still hadn't picked up a win at home, the Habs looked invincible and Richard Bachman was still a figment of our imaginations. Yet here we are, with the tables turned. Let's take a look back at what happened between then and now:
November 01 2015 02:51PM
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Since returning to the Vancouver Canucks' lineup four games ago, and staying out of the press box all week partly as a result of Dan Hamhuis' lower-body injury, depth defender Yannick Weber has been crushing it.
The 27-year-old blueliner has been dynamic at 5-on-5 and particularly effective on a pairing with Ben Hutton. He's opened things up on the power play and, lo and behold, the first unit is suddenly humming with Weber manning the right point.
Throughout his NHL career, Weber has managed more auspicious on-ice results than the meagre opportunities generally afforded him. And once again he's taking full advantage of a defensive injury, and establishing himself as a useful blueliner. Once Hamhuis is back to full health, you have to think it'll be extremely hard to remove Weber from the lineup.