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Postgame: Beantown Beatdown

Reunion of the Lotto Line For a while, it appeared as though Jake Virtanen was becoming a mainstay on the Canucks’ first line. He filled in on Brock Boeser’s usual spot and looked right at home alongside J.T Miller and Elias Pettersson. Virtanen has gone pointless in the Canucks’ last two games, which gave head…

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Snap Shots: J.T. Miller’s physical game paying off for Canucks

The Canucks have been around for 50 years now, and at few points in that history have they ever been considered a physical team. It’s even rarer that the team has had a first line player leading their team in hits. In fact, since the NHL began tracking hits in 2007-08, the Canucks’ team leader…

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Canucks Army THE GAME DAY – Canucks at Sharks

No, you’re not reading that wrong, it’s really me, David Quadrelli, writing a game preview. Always90Four’s replacement, my podcast partner Chris Faber, needed a replacement of his own. Who better to deliver you the important notes you need to know ahead of tonight’s tilt with the San Jose Sharks than me? The Canucks are on…

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What the Canucks can actually accomplish if they get into the playoffs

The Canucks probably aren’t winning the Stanley Cup this year. The prospect of the Canucks running the table in the first three rounds and beating out the winner of a much stronger Eastern Conference is a bit like the prospect of Erik Gudbranson getting another multi-year deal from an NHL team: not technically impossible, but…

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43 Reasons Quinn Hughes deserves to be at the All-Star Game

The NHL announced the participants in their annual All-Star Game earlier today. Elias Pettersson was named to the Pacific Division team, and while that’s all fine and dandy, last season’s Calder Trophy winner is the lone representative from the Canucks. That’s an issue that ought to be remedied in short order. Quinn Hughes deserves to…

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Postgame: Markstrom backstops Canucks to 3-2 win over Kings

10 minutes, 25 seconds. That’s how long it took for the Vancouver Canucks to register their first shot on goal against the LA Kings in tonight’s 3-2 victory. The Kings were aggressive and peppered goaltender Jacob Markstrom with nine shots before the Canucks even managed to get one on Jonathan Quick. Lucky for the Canucks,…

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Oscar Fantenberg has significantly upgraded the Canucks’ depth on defence

No, you won’t hear anybody talking about how they’re #DrunkOnFantenberg. Not yet at least. The Vancouver Canucks’ newest seventh defenceman may have a while to go before achieving Alex Biega’s folk hero status, but he’s actually been an upgrade on his predecessor over the small sample of games he’s played. Teams want their extra d-man…

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Quinn Hughes makes his defence partners better

Chris Tanev called Quinn Hughes the most skilled defence partner he’s ever played with, and aside from Thursday night’s game against Carolina, Tyler Myers has also looked incredible on a defence pairing with the rookie defenceman. Hughes has had an almost immeasurable impact on the Canucks, similar to the one Elias Pettersson had last season…

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What will it take for Quinn Hughes to actually win the Calder?

The only thing more challenging than winning the Calder Trophy as a goaltender is winning it as a defenceman. Since the NHL’s rookie of the year award was introduced for the 1936-37 season, 15 goaltenders and 13 defencemen have won the honour, with forwards securing the hardware the remaining 55 times. This season, however, two…

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Four top-tier NHL defencemen who have been outplayed by Quinn Hughes

Quinn Hughes has gotten off to a roaring start to his rookie campaign. Early on, his impact on the Canucks has shone brightest on the power play and in the team’s newfound ability to control the offensive zone. Toward the beginning of November, Hughes led all NHL defencemen in offensive zone possession and ranked eighth…