NHL: Friday Five For 22 February
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BY JEFF ANGUS 

In today’s instalment of the Friday Five, I take a look at Kevin Bieksa’s recent scoring exploits, why Lindy Ruff was a scapegoat in Buffalo, the best hockey movies of all time, and much more.

5. NEW SEASON, SAME RESULTS IN EDMONTON
Phoenix Coyotes at Edmonton Oilers (-120, 5)
2013 started with so much promise for the young Oilers. They were supposed to be one of the most exciting teams in the NHL. And things started really well – Nail Yakupov made an immediate impact with some […]


NHL: Canucks Projections – The Defense
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BY THOMAS DRANCE

So far this week we’ve looked at the scoring projections for every Canucks forward – the Sedin twins, the second liners, the third liners, the depth forwards and Zack Kassian – and one Canucks defenseman (Chris Tanev). Throughout his tenure as Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis has made having a blue-line that “activates” offensively a priority, a maxim made plain by his oft-stated commitment to icing a blueline that can contribute two-hundred points. In a lockout shortened season, of course, the 200 point plateau is an impossibility […]


NHL: Is Defense Really A Strength Of The Canucks?
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BY THOMAS DRANCE

With all of the questions marks facing the Canucks headed into a shortened season – from the advancing age of the team’s core, to Kesler’s injury status and Luongo’s much scrutinized trade status – many analysts, including TSN’s Bob McKenzie, have identified the team’s defense-corps as a particular area strength. In terms of quality on the backend the Canucks boast a wealth of it, including two of the best and most consistent shutdown defenders in the NHL over the past couple of seasons in Kevin Bieksa and Dan […]