Afternoon Headshots: March 18th

Patrick Johnston
March 18 2013 07:01PM


Apparently at least one of today's How I Met Your Mother re-runs features Cobie expressing her fandom.

Up, down; left, right; Wild, Canucks. It's how it's meant to be. 

Or maybe not. It's never been an enjoyable experience when the Canucks play Minnesota. The first two pairings are balanced. Not sure this matchup ever really is.

Read on for fun from around the Smylosphere and beyond.

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Ludwig Blomstrand signs; the next Hansen?

Patrick Johnston
March 18 2013 03:51PM

Ludwig Blomstrand och Philip Holm
Blomstrand and Phillip Holm discuss hair products. Also numbers, "I'm Mason Raymond!" "I'm Jannik Hansen!" (Photo: difhockey.se/Flickr)

He may not be Danish, but otherwise the comparison to Jannik Hansen sounds pretty apt.

As first reported by Daniel Wagner on Friday, Ludwig Blomstrand has signed with the Canucks and looks set to head to Chicago.

The six-foot-one forward is speedy, has a good sense of what to do in his own end and could blossom into a useful mid-order skater.

For more news in Swedish, click past the jump!

(Actually, there's no Swedish, but click anyway...)

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Game #28 Preview: Wild @ Canucks

Dimitri Filipovic
March 18 2013 12:44PM


The Canucks and the Wild are fighting for the Northwest Division title.

After the Minnesota Wild's free agent coup back in July, there was talk about how the Northwest would suddenly become a hotly contested division. I, like many others, laughed it off. They were still the Minnesota Wild, after all. Things were going according to plan in the early going; after a decisive 4-1 win in Minnesota on February 7th, the Canucks improved to 6-2-2 while the Wild fell to 4-5-1.

I guess you could say things have changed for both teams since then. They both currently have 32 points through the first 27 games of the season, meaning the winner of Monday night's tilt will (at least temporarily) take sole possession of the Northwest Division.

Read Past the Jump for More on the Game.

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Jordan Schroeder called back up from Chicago

Patrick Johnston
March 18 2013 10:44AM

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The young fella's on his way back.

Following Saturday's loss of David Booth and the news that Zack Kassian is battling a wonky back, it was painfully obvious that, barring some trade-based miracle, the Canucks would be recalling a forward from Chicago.

There weren't many options to be had.

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Can Nicklas Jensen help the Canucks this season?

Thomas Drance
March 17 2013 06:17PM


Nicklas Jensen celebrates a goal with Chris Tanev during the 2011-12 preseason.

In the first period of Saturday night's loss to the Red Wings, David Booth came up lame out of a scrum along the endboards. Following the game, Booth was seen leaving Rogers Arena on crutches. We'll know more when the results of his MRI on Monday become public, but it's safe to assume that he'll be out of the lineup for at least a couple of weeks and quite probably longer.

With their divisive, play-driving powerforward and shooting percentage outlier likely back on the shelf and Zack Kassian battling a back ailment that kept him out of the lineup on Saturday, the Canucks will presumably need to call-up a forward from the Chicago Wolves ahead of Monday nights game against the Minnesota Wild. Should that player be Nicklas Jensen, the Danish sniper who has flashed the potential to find holes in opposing goaltenders this season in addition to finding loopholes in the NHL-CHL transfer agreement?

Read on past the jump.

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