Canucks' Kevin Bieksa penalized for rule 48 violation on Predators' Stalberg; suspension coming?

Thomas Drance
March 31 2015 06:52PM

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Early in the first period of the Vancouver Canucks' Tuesday night game against the Nashville Predators, Canucks defender Kevin Bieksa caught Predators forward Viktor Stalberg with an illegal check to the head. 

Bieksa was assessed a minor penalty on the play and Stalberg left the game rather woozily with an apparent head injury. The Swedish winger returned and took another shift within five minutes on the game clock though, and the Predators cashed in on the ensuring power-play opportunity. 

So will Bieksa be hearing from the league as a result of the hit? Let's discuss it on the other side of the jump.

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March 31 2015 02:01PM

So of course the Canucks beat the Blues last night - St. Louis is a playoff team! It wasn't neccesarily a pretty one to watch but they came to play and Eddie Lack stood tall. On to Nashville this evening against, you guessed it, another playoff team. The Preds were sure happy the Canucks beat the Blues which helped keep the buffer 3 points above St. Louis.

The Canucks are gaining some ground of their own by keeping ahead of both the Flames and Kings with 93 points, 2 ahead of Calgary and 5 ahead of LA. Nashville has beaten the Canucks both times this season and with a pretty important game tonight, expect both teams to put on their army boots.

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Vancouver's PHWA chapter selects Henrik Sedin as Canucks' Masterton Trophy nominee

Thomas Drance
March 31 2015 11:25AM

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The Vancouver chapter of the Professional Hockey Writer's Association (PHWA) has nominated Henrik Sedin as for the 2015 Masterton Trophy.

The Masterton Trophy is awarded annually "to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey." Unlike the other major NHL awards, which have just three finalists, each local PHWA chapter selects a team Masterton nominee. From there the entire PHWA then votes on the Masterton Trophy winner from among that group of 30, three finalists are named, and the winner is chosen at the NHL's annual Awards Gala.

Sedin has obviously been selected for bouncing back impressively from a depressing and injury plagued 2013-14 campaign. His nomination comes with a tinge of controversy though. 

Read on past the jump for more.

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Hockey Graphs Podcast Episode 11: Playoffs!?

Rhys Jessop
March 31 2015 11:00AM

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In this week's episode, Rhys and Garret break down the Western Conference playoff race and take a look at some recent mock drafts. Click past the jump to listen!

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NHL 94 Recap: Don't Call It the Blues

Matthew Henderson
March 31 2015 09:00AM

NHL 94 recap

The Canucks beat yet another team ahead of them in the standings, and showed they are ready for the post season. Click past the jump for our NHL 94 recap.

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