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Derek Dorsett returned to Vancouver with neck and back stiffness

#Canucks statement on Derek Dorsett, who has returned to Vancouver. pic.twitter.com/zCyyWEOBoq — Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) November 21, 2017 According to a statement from the team, Derek Dorsett has been returned to Vancouver as symptoms of neck and back soreness flared up. The team, of course, is about to kick off a six-game road trip in…

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Around The Pacific: The Oilers are sliding into oblivion

This is a weekly feature in which I’ll look at the performances and narratives of the teams in the Pacific Division.  The pack of the Pacific Division, meaning the six teams in playoff contention, are separated by just six points. I want to consider the Edmonton Oilers one of those teams, but the gap is widening.

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Around The Pacific: San Jose rising

This is a weekly feature in which I’ll look at the performances and narratives of the teams in the Pacific Division.  Things have stayed largely the same in the Pacific Division, with the Kings sitting comfortably at the top, the Coyotes buried deep in the basement, and a jumble in the middle featuring the underachieving Oilers…

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Nation Notebook: The aftermath of the Duchene trade

This a weekly feature that rounds up news, rumours, and interesting things happening around the NHL.  Last weekend, the Colorado Avalanche finally pulled the trigger on a deal involving Matt Duchene. The third overall pick from the 2009 draft has been wanting out of Colorado since last Christmas, and it was expected he would be…

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Around The Pacific: The Coyotes finally won a game

This is a weekly feature in which I’ll look at the performances and narratives of the teams in the Pacific Division.  It took them nearly a month, but the Arizona Coyotes are in the win column. They’ve got a ways to go before they can catch the logjam of teams in the middle of the standings,…

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Around The Pacific: Vegas, L.A. remain on top, Coyotes still winless

This is a weekly feature in which I’ll look at the performances and narratives of the teams in the Pacific Division.  The Pacific Division is nowhere near what you’d have expected it to be heading into the season. The Golden Knights have only lost one game, the Oilers and Sharks can’t score, and the Coyotes are…

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Around The Pacific: Golden Knights off to a surprisingly good start

This is a weekly feature in which I’ll look at the performances and narratives of the teams in the Pacific Division.  After a couple weeks of hockey, the Vegas Golden Knights and Los Angeles Kings are at the top of the Pacific Division while the Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks can’t score goals. What’s going…

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Atlantic Preview: Rivalries set to flare in top-heavy division

This is one part of a four-part, division-by-division series breaking down what each NHL team did over the off-season and projecting where they stand in the context of their division in 2017-18. I’m doing standings predictions from bottom to top. Also, give your predictions and rationales in the comments so we circle back and see…