No Apologies Necessary: Just Play the Game

Jeff Paterson
February 23 2012 12:36PM

Since news broke Tuesday morning that Pavel Datsyuk would be missing from the Detroit Red Wings line-up for the next 2-3 weeks, it has been said and it has been written that a Vancouver Canucks win at Joe Louis Arena Thursday would somehow require an asterisk. The suggestion is that if the Canucks are the team to snap the Wings NHL-record 23-game home win streak, the victory will be tainted due to the fact Datsyuk won’t be present and accounted for. It’s a preposterous notion.

Read on past the jump!

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Game #61 Preview - Down With Streaking

Cam Davie
February 23 2012 11:17AM

Burrows and the Canucks had a rough go the last time they were in Motown.
Tonight, they have an upgraded lineup. Plus, they won't face the best player in the league.
(Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

Game Day Recon: Game #61 - Canucks @ Red Wings

It's a clash of the top two teams in the Western Conference as the Canucks travel to the Motor City tonight. Detroit and Vancouver go head to head at the Joe, with a streak and bragging rights on the line. There's more than just bragging rights on the line tonight though. There's also power and prestige and fame and first round draft picks and an immediate bye to the Stanley Cup Final, and a trip to Disneyland, and $10 million US to each player on the winning team.

So yeah, it's a big game.

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Deadline Preview: Five Forwards to Target

Jeff Angus
February 23 2012 08:43AM

Thankfully the NHL trade deadline is only a few days away (Monday, February 27th), as the amount of rumours and speculation swirling in the media seems to be at an all-time high. The Canucks are one of only a few contending teams that don’t really need to do anything at the deadline, and sometimes the best moves, are the ones that aren't made.

That said, GM Mike Gillis likely recognizes that his team’s window to win is now, and at the very least he should be working the trade market for some depth at both forward and defense. Earlier this week, Thomas Drance did a thorough inventory of Canucks needs, trade chips and cap-space, and yesterday Cam Charron broke down how the Canucks have fared at previous trade deadlines. Today I'll look into somewhat realistic trade targets, but speculating about picking up depth players isn’t all that interesting. So why don’t we take a look at five of the bigger name forwards who could be made available come Monday morning?

Read on after the jump!

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Canucks Week in Tweets: Feb. 22nd

John Cullen
February 22 2012 08:43PM

Hey everyone, welcome to "The #Canucks Week in Tweets!" Every week, I plan on bringing you the best of the Canucks on Twitter, from the reasonable to the totally ridiculous (okay, mostly ridiculous)! If you see a tweet you think should be featured here, get in touch with me at @cullenthecomic!

Well it's been a while so let's start with... Oh, threatening fights over Twitter. Yep I’ve missed you guys.

It’s even better when you threaten to beat fandom of teams you don’t like into other people. It really lets them know that you are not just a LITTLE bit serious about fighting them over the internet, but a LOT serious. Good for you.

More tweets after the break!

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Headshots February 22nd

Thomas Drance
February 22 2012 03:18PM

As Burrows' life, flashed before his eyes.
This image comes from the bane of hockeyy insiderrs everywhere:

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, produced a tribute video or birthed a clever .gif into existence - please e-mail Thom at

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