Game #35 Preview: Canucks @ Oilers

Thomas Drance
March 30 2013 12:49PM

Photo Credit: Larry Wong, Postmedia Photo

This Saturday on Hockey Night in Canada, the Canucks will face the Oilers in Edmonton. It'll be the third meeting of the season between the two teams, with neither of the previous contests being decided in regulation. The Oilers took the first game in the skills competition, while the Canucks rather memorably won the second match on an improbable overtime winner from Chris Tanev. 

With the Minnesota Wild stumbling on Friday night against the Stars, the Canucks have an opportunity to restore their vicegrip on the Northwest Division this Saturday night. To that end Cory Schneider will be making his seventh straight start in Vancouver's net and he's been nigh unbeatable over the past couple of weeks. Edmonton meanwhile will look to puncture Schneider's ridiculous even-strength save percentage, and they should be a desperate team tonight as they sit only three points out of eighth place with fifteen games remaining on the docket.

Should be a fun game. Read past the jump.

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Report: Canucks to Buy the Peoria Rivermen from the Blues

Thomas Drance
March 30 2013 12:00PM

So things appear to be happening pretty quickly on this front. After yesterday's news that the Blues had notified the Peoria arena where their AHL affiliate the Peoria Rivermen play that they'd be ceasing operations of their AHL club, Andy Strickland tweeted out the above news that the Canucks have bought St. Louis' AHL affiliate. 

Read on past the jump.

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Bold Moves: Moving Roberto Luongo (in Theory), Keeping Cory Schneider

Cam Charron
March 30 2013 10:49AM


Today marks the end of our "bold moves" series examining recent decisions by Mike Gillis. The past bets - be it Keith Ballard, or David Booth, or Zack Kassian - haven't paid off, and we have about six years to determine whether or not the Canucks' decision to go with Cory Schneider between the pipes instead of Roberto Luongo does. That said, we'll do our best to get way out ahead of this one today so read past the jump.

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Lebrun: "Two Other NHL Teams Have Called On Luongo Over the Past Week"

Thomas Drance
March 29 2013 05:54PM

How many Luongo posts will we write between now and the trade deadline?
Based on our pace the past 24 hours, I'd set the over/under at 20.

Last night we pivotted off of a Damien Cox report which suggested that the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks had resumed talks concerning a potential deal for Vancouver's deposed starting goaltender Roberto Luongo's. Today that report is being corroborated pretty much everywhere

One of the corroborating reports was filed on Friday afternoon by Pierre Lebrun over at Lebrun's report is the most detailed and elaborates at length on the sour relationship between General Manager's Mike Gillis and Dave Nonis, while also hinting that there are other a couple of additional clubs that have begun to chase Roberto Luongo just this week.

We'll unpack Lebrun's report in detail after the jump.

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Blues to Cease Operation of AHL Affiliate, First Step Along the Path to a Canucks Owned AHL Team in Abbotsford?

Thomas Drance
March 29 2013 04:02PM

Some interesting news today that may (or may not) be related to the whole "Canucks might purchase an AHL affiliate and move it to the Fraser Valley" story that we've watched closely over the past seven months. According to WMBD (an Illinois based CBS affiliate) the St. Louis Blues have reportedly informed the Peoria Civic Center in writing that "the Blues will cease to operate professional hockey after this season." Tom Eminian of the Peoria Junior Star has since corroborated that report.

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