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Monday Mailbag: Are the Canucks Good?

who's an ideal first round matchup for us assuming we do make the playoffs? And who'd be a nightmare draw? — 27-18-4 😂😂😂 (@infinitemile8) January 19, 2020 I’d imagine the Canucks would match up favourably against most teams in the Pacific, save perhaps for the Vegas Golden Knights, who have always been a thorn in…

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Roundtable: Goaltending

There’s no denying that Jacob Markstrom has been a driving force behind the Canucks’ success as of late. For the first time in his career, he’s putting up above-average performances on a consistent basis, and it’s catapulted the team into the playoff picture. Unfortunately, it also creates a tricky situation for the Canucks to navigate….

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Postgame: Sunrise, Sunset

The Canucks entered tonight’s game looking to put their 9-2 drubbing at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning firmly in the rearview mirror. Instead, they were arguably even worse than they did two nights ago, and looked nothing like the team that just rattled off seven wins between December 19 and January 4. There…

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Roundtable: Mid-Season Predictions

It’s a new year and a new edition of the roundtable after a long holiday-induced hiatus. The Canucks are now just past the halfway point of the season, which makes now as good a time as any to take stock of how they’ve performed so far and what we can expect heading into the remaining…

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The Best Jim Benning Player Comparisons of the Decade

Let’s play a game. It’s called “HFBoards poster, or Jim Benning?” It’s simple. I’m going to give you a few examples of player comparisons, and you can guess whether they were made by a random fan on the internet, or current Canucks General Manager James Elmer Benning. Who compared Brandon Sutter to a generational two-way…

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The Canucks May Be Worse Than Their Underlying Numbers Suggest

It’s only been two weeks, and mediocre is starting to look like a compliment. The Canucks have now lost three of their last four games, and have scored just seven goals over that span. They’ve now dropped to 3-4 in the month of December, with five of their six remaining games against playoff teams. And…