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April 03 2015 06:30AM
The Oilers tank continues, Leafs draft plans, Flames luck and new arena plans, Byfuglien suspended for brutal cross-check, the Calder Trophy race, 2015 draft prospects and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by Draftkings.
April 02 2015 10:15PM
Lack going to that dark desperate place all goalies have been to when they need to scramble: pic.twitter.com/9nRCS6c5IS— Wyatt Arndt (@TheStanchion) April 3, 2015
The Canucks payed visit to the windy city looking to go three for three on their tough Central division road swing, but looked tired as they took on the Chicago Blackhawks. It was a sloppy affair that provided far less entertainment than the Canucks-Hawks games of old, and a couple of defensive miscues would prove costly for Vancouver.
With the score tied in the third period, the Canucks were unable to down a Blackhawks team that broke free with two quick goals to take the game by a 3-1 score. Read past the jump for a recap.
April 02 2015 08:21PM
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Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller is set to parachute into Winnipeg this week where he's scheduled to practice with the club on Friday, according to Sportsnet's Dan Murphy.
Miller, 34, hasn't appeared in a game since February 22 when he sprained his knee in a collision with Jannik Hansen. It was reported by TSN's Farhan Lalji several weeks ago that Miller was unlikely to begin skating before early April and surely wouldn't see any game action prior to the conclusion of the regular season. That report was eventually repudiated softly by Miller's agent and the Canucks.
Though the team has told TSN's Jon Abbott that Miller's timeline remains the same as it ever has, it certainly seems a bit odd that Miller is flying out to Winnipeg to practice with the team if he isn't preparing to get into a game before the end of the regular season. Perhaps he's very committed to 'just having fun.'
Read past the jump.
April 02 2015 02:52PM
These games just aren't as anticipated as they used to be. That's a shame. Thankfully, the Canucks and Hawks still play some really great games. The intense rivalry has subsided a bit, but the Canucks aren't going to play down what this game means: another playoff team they may have to play later.
Being that this tilt is in Chi-town this evening, you get the nutty Madhouse on Madison crowd and the way games are starting lately, Chelsea Dagger is on cue. Chicago hasn't played since Monday when they crowned the Kings 4-1. They're rested. The Canucks are coming off a HUGE 5-4 win via shootout over the Predators on Tuesday and keeping this thing going is job number one. This will be a playoff game.
April 02 2015 01:32PM
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The Vancouver Canucks have engaged Luca Sbisa's representatives in contract extension talks, according to News 1130 Sports.
"Preliminary talks underway," Sbisa's Swiss based agent Andre Rufener of Rufener Hockey LLC told News 1130 sports, "the team first expressed interest in early February."
Read on past the jump for more.