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Canucks game day: Drowning out the noise (and the cannon)

The Canucks’ eastern road trip makes its second stop in Ohio today, with a Black Friday matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets beginning at 4 PM Pacific. But in Vancouver, the only American long weekend sale that matters to Canucks fans is the rumored firesale within the team’s hockey ops department. The Canucks didn’t have…

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The Canucks are nearing a crossroads: It’s Jim Benning or the fans

If the Vancouver Canucks intended on putting together a textbook performance against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night, they did exactly that.  Just in the exact opposite way that they intended. On the ice, Vancouver’s 4-2 loss to the Avalanche was as standard as they’ve come all season. They gave up the first goal of…

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It’s time for the Vancouver Canucks to give Vasily Podkolzin a bigger role

Canucks fans have gotten pretty accustomed to watching highlight-filled rookie seasons, so you’d forgive some folks for thinking Vasily Podkolzin’s start to his NHL career has been quiet by comparison. The 20-year-old Russian has just two goals on the year so far, and has often found himself at the bottom of Travis Green’s depth chart…

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Five observations from the Vancouver Canucks’ first five games

The Vancouver Canucks’ 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks last night was more than just a mini-slump buster. It was a much-needed victory for a team that had started their season having given up seven out of a possible eight points, and coming off an embarrassing effort on Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres. With Vancouver…