Should the Canucks Commit to Jacob Markstrom?

J.D. Burke
February 18 2017 01:00PM


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When the Canucks face the Calgary Flames on Saturday, they'll have played 22 games since the turn of the calendar. Jacob Markstrom's been their netminder for five.

The obvious story therein is the number of starts Miller -- a 36-year-old netminder who's raised concerns in each of his two previous seasons in Vancouver about his workload -- received in that stretch, and with good reason. It's neither to the team nor the player's benefit to do so, and nothing suggests they're changing their ways in the second leg of this most important stretch of their season.

I wonder, though, if that's equal parts faith in Miller as it is skepticism of Markstrom's ability to so much as hold the fort. That's idle speculation on my part, but for posterity's sake, I wanted to see whether the Canucks are justified in their reticence to commit to Markstrom in any meaningful way.

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Nation World HQ
February 18 2017 10:00AM

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The Flames and Canucks face off for the fifth and final time this season and we've asked writers from both FlamesNation and CanucksArmy to give us their take on tonight's matchup. As always, we've also put together a few quick stats to get you ready for the final meeting between this two teams.

Please note that this article was posted at both FlamesNation and CanucksArmy.

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February 18 2017 09:00AM


It's the nightcap for Hockey Day in Canada as the Canucks battle the Flames for two very valuable points in the standings. Calgary took to Vancouver the last time they met with the Flames earning a 3-1 victory one night after getting beat 4-2 by the Canucks. 

Two teams heading in different directions, it would be wise for Vancouver to throw it into overdrive to at the very least, play spoiler.

Regardless, it's the Canucks versus the Flames and it should be a good one.

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Canucks Army Roundtable: Sell High, Buy High!

Matthew Henderson
February 17 2017 07:00PM


We are getting closer and closer to the NHL Trade Deadline, which means rumours are starting to fly. The Canucks seem to be keeping quiet on their plans for the deadline, but that hasn't stopped the likes of Burrows, Hansen and Miller, among others, from being mentioned in deals.

With all of this in mind, what would you consider a successful deadline for the team? I asked our writers for their thoughts!

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Utica Comets Week in Review: February 6th - 12th

Jeremy Davis
February 17 2017 05:00PM

Brendan Gaunce (Comets)

Photo Credit: Utica Comets / Lindsay A. Mogle

As mentioned previously here, the Comets have been nothing if not streaky this year, alternating between extended winning and losing streaks going back months now. They're still in a down stretch, having lost five of their last six games (at least, up until last night's win over the Marlies).

One thing that made last week's games pretty watchable was the four game stint that Brendan Gaunce spent in the American League. He's already back up with the Canucks and it's no wonder why - Gaunce was easily the Comets best and most dangerous player in the week he spent there. Read on to find out more about Gaunce's Utica vacation, and everything else that happened to the Comets last week.

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