Game #39 Preview: Coyotes @ Canucks

Dimitri Filipovic
April 08 2013 01:42PM

Last time out, Alex Edler laid the boom on Mike Smith. Will the Coyotes be seeking retribution?

With the seemingly rushed nature of this shortened season, it feels as if a significant amount of time has passed since these two teams last met; when in reality, that game in Glendale was less than 3 weeks ago. As you'll recall that game featured an impromptu Alex Edler-Mike Smith powwow behind the net (eventually leading to a 2 game suspension), and a makeshift lineup for Vancouver due to a myriad of injuries. Heck, the only two goals for the Canucks in that game came from Chris Tanev and Jordan Schroeder. I'd be willing to be that doesn't happen again, and since I'm a nice guy, I'll even give you some cushy odds. 

Monday night's meeting at Rogers Arena will mark the 3rd and final game of the season series between the two, with the visiting team taking each of the first two meetings. The Canucks will be looking to buck that trend; a task which will surely be aided by the fact that they will be, for the most part, legitimately icing 12 NHL forwards and 6 NHL defensemen (though Tom Sestito would like to have a word about that, I'm sure).  

More on the Game Right Past the Jump.

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Looking Ahead to the Postseason: Forward Deployment

Jeff Angus
April 08 2013 10:10AM

How will Alain Vigneault deploy his forwards in the postseason? Assuming Henrik Sedin, Ryan Kesler, Derek Roy, and Max Lapierre are all healthy, it wouldn't be a stretch to expect Lapierre to bear the brunt of the heavy lifting (from a defensive zone start perspective), while the Roy line (with Chris Higgins and Jannik Hansen) would be another defensive/two-way line to lean on.

Roy isn't as strong at faceoffs as either Kesler or Sedin, and this also assumes that Zack Kassian is able to contribute on a line with Kesler (which may be a stretch).

Let's look a little further at this, shall we?

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April 06 2013 09:46PM


This is a story about three young lads who go travelling to Amsterdam in search of optimistic adventure. Two are Canadian, one is an Australian who is now the newest resident of Edmonton and Wanye Manor. We meet up with an ex-pat Canadian living in Amsterdam who sobers us up more than anything that has ever happened before in the history of time.

It ain't a story about looking cool - that's for sure. Read on at your own risk.

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Pavel Bure's number to be retired - it's the right thing

Patrick Johnston
April 06 2013 04:07PM

So it's going to happen. Number ten will finally hang from the rafters.

After years of haranguing over the Russian Rocket's departure from Vancouver in 1999, everything is forgotten.

Pavel is loved, Pavel is remembered for the greatness that he was, Pavel is going to be the best. Officially.

It's the right thing to do.

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Game #38 preview: Flames @ Canucks

Patrick Johnston
April 06 2013 02:12PM

Ten games to go. Amazing how quickly a short season can be - and how much better the twists and turns can be when it is such a season.

Tonight, the Abbotsford Heat Calgary Flames roll in to town.

To re-cap, the Flames no longer have Jarome Iginla. They no long have Jay Bouwmeester. They do still have Miika Kiprusoff, but they don't have Blake Comeau.

Yes, this is a team that is done. Which, of course, means that they will be a threat.

Or will they? More on that, after the jump.

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