Preseason Game #4 Preview: Coyotes @ Canucks

Dimitri Filipovic
September 23 2013 03:24PM

The posse is getting back together.

Who says nothing happens in the preseason? Last time out, the Canucks dropped their 3rd straight preseason game, but more importantly, Zack Kassian and Dale Weise got into some trouble, and Jordan Schroeder blocking a shot.

While all of that certainly provided us with a handful of new things to discuss, I'm sure most fans would be just fine with a rather uneventful showing tonight. This marks the 4th of 6 preseason games for the Canucks, as the Coyotes come to town.

Read on past the jump for a look at tonight's expected lineup, and some other news and notes. 

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Sam Gagner is Basically Edmonton's Version of Daniel Sedin

Dimitri Filipovic
September 23 2013 02:57PM

I can't even tell the difference (Image via Rich Lam )

The NHL has me in a holding pattern of sorts, as I'm sitting around twiddling my thumbs as I wait for news regarding the length of Zack Kassian's (and Dale Weise's, but whatever) suspension. 

The worst thing that has come from Saturday's incident - other than of course Sam Gagner's broken jaw - is the amount of irrational comments that have been spewing out as people try to stick up for their player and team. Especially from people who are generally pretty on point with their takes. 

At this point though, I honestly can't decide what the bigger black eye is for Edmonton: the fact that their team is now employing noted face puncher Steve MacIntyre, or that their fans/people who cover the team are comparing Sam Gagner to Daniel Sedin..

Read on past the jump if you'd like to take a trip with me to fantasy land.

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Zack Kassian, Dale Weise to receive disciplinary hearings

Cam Charron
September 22 2013 05:22PM

Word broke out of Toronto today that NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan will conduct hearings with Canucks forwards Dale Weise and Zack Kassian for naughty conduct versus the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. Weise was penalized two minutes for an illegal check to the head on Taylor Hall, while Kassian should probably have the book thrown at him—he wildly swung his stick around after missing a check and broke Sam Gagner's jaw.

The Kassian infraction is above, if you missed it. Worth noting, his hearing will be in-person. Per Article 18.9 of the NHL's Collective Bargaining Agreement with its Players Association, an in-person hearing is required for a suspension of six or more games.

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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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