Preseason Game #1 Preview: Sharks @ Canucks

Dimitri Filipovic
September 16 2013 01:42PM


Hockey is back, baby! (Image via Ian Lindsay )

It may just be the preseason, but it's still something, you guys. Hockey is officially back in Vancouver, as the Canucks kick off their preseason schedule - which features 6 games, 4 of which will be in the friendly confines of Rogers Arena - when they play host to the San Jose Sharks tonight.

Read on past the jump for a preview of tonight's action, including some news and notes on the line combinations we can expect.

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Can Bo Horvat Stick with the Vancouver Canucks?

Dimitri Filipovic
September 16 2013 10:40AM


Is Bo Horvat ready to stick in the NHL? What does history tell us?
Image via The Chronicle.

It seems that with each passing day, more and more people are talking themselves into Bo Horvat being the answer to the Canucks' "riddle down the middle" on the 3rd line. I think that at this point it has as much to do with the lack of other intriguing options as it has to do with anything about Bo Horvat.

Brad Richardson. Jordan Schroeder. Mike Santorelli. Not exactly a list of names that inspires a ton of confidence in having the ability to fill an important role on the team. Especially a team whose fans have become conditioned to expect wins. Horvat is obviously a highly touted prospect, who is not only the new shiny toy in town, but also by all accounts plays a style of two-way hockey that could easily endear him to coach John Tortorella.

But is Horvat actually a realistic option to not only make the team, but stick in a 3rd line role? What does history tell us?

Read on past the jump for more.

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Headshots: September 13th

Dimitri Filipovic
September 13 2013 03:31PM


Ryan Kesler said something interesting on Friday afternoon.

Training camp for the Vancouver Canucks continued today with the team competing in their first scrimmage at Rogers Arena, as fans watched on from the stands. Speaking of the fans, don't the adults in attendance have jobs? And shouldn't the kids be at school? I digress.

Afterwards, Ryan Kesler and Eddie Lack provided the media with some choice quotes, while the whole John Tortorella/Twitter thing inexplicably continues to have legs.

Some pertinent links regarding all of those stories, plus more, just past the jump.

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FREE PRESEASON STREAKCRED RISES

Wanye
September 13 2013 03:01PM

 

Ever watch a TV show a couple times, decide that it sucks and then get completely shocked when it comes back for a second season? Yeah, StreakCred is exactly like that. Except that it doesn't suck. It's super fun. And this time we have a free preseason to get you hooked real nice like see?

OH AND THERE ARE TROPHIES THIS TIME AROUND

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How Will John Tortorella Utilize his Top-4 Defensemen?

Dimitri Filipovic
September 12 2013 09:12AM


Could the Sedins bring Jason Garrison and Alex Edler along for the ride this season?
Image via Canucks.com [Jeff Vinnick].

There has been plenty of speculation this summer regarding what we can expect to see from John Tortorella in terms of player usage, and deployment, once the season gets underway. He has already come out and explictly said that the Sedins will be utilized as penalty killers, in addition to everything else they provide for the Canucks. There has also been a lot of chatter that his preference is to put Burrows and Kesler back together, opening the door for Zack Kassian to try and regain the early season success he had playing next to the twins last January.

But what can we expect from the back-end, which is widely viewed as a position of strength for this team. While coaches certainly change their habits and tactics depending on the assets they have at their disposal, they're still creatures of habit when it comes to the way they like to run things. And thankfully, we have enough of a sample size from John Tortorella as a coach to make an educated guess as to how he'll deploy the team's defensemen this season.

Read on past the jump for more on a potential adjustment Tortorella could make that would pay dividends for the Canucks.

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