Canucks Send Joacim Eriksson Down to Utica, Along with 6 Others

Dimitri Filipovic
September 21 2013 03:05PM

Image via Ward Perrin

The Vancouver Canucks are headed to Edmonton for their 3rd preseason game tonight. 7 players from their training camp won't be joining them, however, as they've been assigned to the team's AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets. There's no doubt that Joacim Eriksson - perceived to be Eddie Lack's main competition for the right to back-up Roberto Luongo - is the biggest name out of the bunch. The others sent down include Darren Archibald, Henrik Tommernes, Alexander Mallet, Peter Andersson, Alex Biega, and Adam Polasek.

Some analysis on the move just past the jump.

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Preseason Game #3 Preview: Canucks @ Oilers

Dimitri Filipovic
September 21 2013 02:00PM

The team takes their morning skate, prior to tonight's trip to Edmonton. (Via Canucks)

Hockey Night in Canada is back! Sort of! The team plays on the road for the first time this preseason tonight, when they make the short trip to Edmonton. If you'll recall, their last outing - on Wednesday night against the very same Oilers - was a rather unfortunate one, in which they were blitzed early and often.

Read on past the jump for a look at the expected lineup, and some notes in advance of tonight's game. 

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Odds for Canucks Point Totals, Individual Awards, and Team Success

Dimitri Filipovic
September 20 2013 12:43PM

Checking out some of the betting lines, probably.

For most people, simply sitting down on the couch, watching the game, and cheering their team on isn't enough. There's an appeal towards having something - other than, you know, your blood, sweat, and tears - invested in what you're spending all those hours throughout the season watching. 

To achieve this some play fantasy sports, while others gamble. I've never invested any sort of meaningful money in what's ultimately a guess of how a sporting event that you have no personal control over will turn out (unless you were associated with the 1919 Black Sox), but I'd be lying if I said that I'd never sprinkled some loose change in the search of the gratification that comes along with being able to say "A-ha, I knew it!". As long as you're in control, it's all good fun.

I was checking out our friends over at Oilers Nation this morning, and noticed that they had posted some odds and Over/Unders for individual Oilers. I figured I'd do the same for the Canucks, so read on past the jump for the goods.

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Brian Sutherby
September 20 2013 12:35PM

Last night in New Jersey marked the first time you saw two players in a National Hockey League game circumvent the new rule where a player cannot remove his own helmet prior to a fight. Instead Brett Gallant and Krys Barch politely removed each other’s before throwing punches.

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Mike Gillis Appears on The Bro Jake Show, Drops News on Booth's Return

Dimitri Filipovic
September 19 2013 03:32PM

It's looking like this Saturday could be the first time we see David Booth in game action since March 16th.

Disclaimer: I've someway, somehow, managed to avoid getting involved in any capacity with all of this Bro Jake business on Team1040. Local sports talk radio really isn't my cup of tea anyways, so refraining from listening to a single second of that particular program hasn't been all that difficult. Heading into today all I knew about the radio station's newest personality is that nearly every single person on my timeline couldn't stand him, and that he sports a goofy moustache (from his awkward commercial with Travis Lulay).

That all changed on early Thursday morning, when I was forced to tune in to listen to what Mike Gillis had to say during his appearance on the program. At least he rewarded me with a few interesting tidbits. Read on past the jump for a transcript of the discussion.

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