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Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lack led the Canucks on to the ice for pre-game warm-ups, and will make his second start of the season in Friday's match up with the Avalanche.
Impact: After starting goaltender Ryan Miller's poor performance in Tuesday's game (allowing five goals in 21:17 minutes of action) Lack has been given the opportunity to start his second game of the season in place of Miller. If he performs well, he may make a case for increased playing time moving forward.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Miller stopped 31 of 32 shots to defeat St. Louis 4-1.
Impact: Miller rebounded from a five-goal outing by defeating the Blues - his first meeting with his ex-team. Miller has a 2.71 goals against average in five games this season.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vrbata picked up a power-play assist in Thursday's win over the Blues. He has opened the season with seven points (four goals) in his first six games.
Impact: Vrbata, who has fit in seamlessly with Vancouver, is tied for the NHL lead with two game-winning goals and has been credited with an impressive 28 shots on goal in just six games. The 33-year-old is showing no sign of slowing down, and with the Sedin twins as his linemates, expect him to keep shooting and scoring.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vey scored his second goal of the season on a power play in Thursday's win over the Blues.
Impact: Although Vey continues to play on the Canucks' top power-play unit with the Sedins twins and Radim Vrbata, the 23-year-old has been dropped to the fourth line, limiting his ice time. Vey now has two goals (both on the power play) and four points to go with an even plus-minus over six games this yer. He will continue to collect points on the power play, but his current fourth-line role sets major limitations on his fantasy value.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bonino scored a goal, added an assist and went plus-2 in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Blues.
Impact: Bonino's off to a bit of an inconsistent start this year, alternating three scoreless games with three in which he's notched at least one point. However, he's being trusted with a lot of minutes on the second line in between Alex Burrows and Chris Higgins, and the fact that that trio combined for six points Thursday should help keep them together for a little while longer.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Higgins opened the scoring just 41 seconds into the game, added an assist, went plus-2, notched a pair of penalty minutes and took six shots on goal in Thursday's win over the Blues.
Impact: Higgins was all over the scoresheet in this one -- a much-needed positive effort for him, as he'd picked up just a single point (a goal) in the season's first five games.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Burrows snapped a three-game scoreless streak Thursday against the Blues by picking up a pair of assists. He also went plus-2 on the evening.
Impact: Although it's been a bit of an uneven start to the year for Burrows, he's still finding the scoresheet at a better rate than he has either of the last two seasons. If he can bounce back even as far as the high 40s in terms of points, his combination of offense and penalty minutes will once again play in a wide variety of formats.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller was nearly perfect Thursday against the Blues, allowing only a Kevin Shattenkirk power-play goal among 32 shots in a 4-1 win.
Impact: Miller left St. Louis with a bad taste in his mouth; after being traded there by the Sabres at last year's deadline, he posted an uninspiring .903 GAA in the regular season and then washed out in the first round of the playoffs. The Blues let him walk, he signed a three-year deal with the Canucks, and he returned for revenge Thursday. Despite a couple of uneven outings, Miller now holds a 4-1 record on the season.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and will be in the net Thursday against the Blues, Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province reports.
Impact: As expected, Miller will get the nod against his former squad, with the Blues countering with Jake Allen in the net. Miller is 3-1-0 with a 3.20 GAA and .884 save percentage in four outings with Vancouver this season.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Willie Desjardins strongly hinted that Miller would be back in the crease Thursday against the Blues, Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun reports.
Impact: Miller was surprisingly dreadful Tuesday against the Stars, giving up five goals on 13 shots before Desjardins pulled him early in the second period. The goalie's solid work in three starts prior to that (all wins) won't give Desjardins any qualms about returning the net to him, especially against a Blues squad that chose not to re-sign him in the offseason.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Miller allowed five goals on 12 shots and was pulled in the second period.
Impact: Miller's poor performance followed a shutout in his last start. He played only 21 minutes, 17 seconds in Tuesday night's 6-3 defeat.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kassian potted a goal in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Stars.
Impact: The score snapped a three-game pointless drought for Kassian, who hasn't been especially active on either offense or defense this season. He's attempted only eight shots and has gathered seven hits and no blocks in five games -- numbers that don't offer much to get excited about.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hansen claimed his first point of the season Tuesday versus the Stars, tallying a third-period goal in a 6-3 loss.
Impact: After occasionally seeing time in the Canucks' top-six forward group in 2013-14, Hansen appears destined for a lesser role this season. He's primarily served on the Canucks' fourth line over his five games, averaging only 10:10 of ice time.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vrbata found the net and attempted a game-high seven shots in Tuesday's loss to the Stars.
Impact: Vrbata's goal wasn't particularly meaningful with the Canucks already trailing by five scores at the time, but don't tell that to his fantasy owners. The 33-year-old has tallied a goal in all but one of the Canucks' five games this season.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lack entered Tuesday's loss to the Stars early in the second period, stopping 14 of 15 shots.
Impact: Starting goalie Ryan Miller was pulled after allowing five goals in his first 21:17 of action, resulting in Lack making an appearance in back-to-back games. Miller had won in each of his previous three turns before Tuesday's debacle, so Lack doesn't figure to parlay his solid relief performance into a larger chunk of the Canucks' goaltending duties.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stanton (lower body) has been placed on injured reserve.
Impact: The injury will be retroactive to Oct. 17, keeping Stanton out for at least the next three games. Frank Corrado was recalled from AHL Utica over the weekend to replenish Vancouver's depth on defense.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller will be in the net Tuesday versus the Stars, Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun reports.
Impact: Miller received his first rest of the season in the Canucks' previous game against the Lightning on Saturday, will backup Eddie Lack taking the loss in his stead. The 34-year-old Miller figures to be rested later in the week when the Canucks play another back-to-back set, but the three-year, $18 million contract he signed in the offseason ensures he'll see a large workload this season. He's been generally excellent in his first three turns with the Canucks, winning all of his starts and posting a 1.95 GAA and .927 save percentage.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller was removed from Tuesday's loss to Dallas early in the second period after giving up five goals on 13 shots.
Impact: After three season-opening victories, this is a stunning step back for Miller, who gave up four of the goals within a period of 3:31 spanning at the end of the first and start of the second period. Eddie Lack stopped 14 of 15 after stepping in.
Sun. Oct 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Edler had a goal and an assist in a 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday night.
Impact: Edler had one assist in his first three games.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Horvat (shoulder) was sent to AHL Utica on a conditioning assignment, Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province reports.
Impact: This could be an indication that the Canucks want to keep Horvat on the NHL roster rather than sending him back to the juniors. The 19-year-old center had a very good year last season for OHL London, racking up 30 goals and 44 assists in just 54 games played.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Edler scored his first goal of the season on the power play and added an assist in Saturday's loss to Tampa Bay.
Impact: Edler has opened the season with three points in his first four games, to go with a minus-1 rating. Edler is a workhorse on the blue line, where he averages 23:08 of ice time per game, including 3:27 on the power play, where he lines up alongside the likes of Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin and Radim Vrbata. If these first four games are any indication, Edler is on his way to a nice rebound season with Vancouver.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lack gave up four goals on 24 shots in Saturday's loss to the Lightning.
Impact: It was the first start of the season for Lack, who is the backup to starter Ryan Miller. Considering the former-Sabre is 3-0-0 on the season, Lack is likely to be stapled to the bench for the time being. Lack should see his fair amount of starts this season, but his somewhat disappointing performance Saturday isn't doing him any favors.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Luck will be in the crease Saturday against the Lightning, Farhan Lalji of TSN reports.
Impact: Vancouver's offseason signing of Ryan Miller will mean a lighter workload this season for Lack, who had served as the team's primary starter during the final few months of the 2013-14 campaign. Lack will be in the net for his season debut Saturday, and as one of the league's more capable backups, he'll make for a decent starting option against weaker competition.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Stanton has a lower-body injury.
Impact: He's considered day-to-day, but there are few details about the severity of the injury.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Corrado was recalled from AHL Utica on Saturday, Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province reports.
Impact: He'll function as the Canucks' seventh defenseman Saturday against the Bolts, with Ryan Stanton (lower body) deemed unavailable. As soon as the Canucks are confident Stanton has put the injury behind him, Corrado will likely head back to the minors.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stanton (lower body) won't play Saturday against the Lightning, Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province reports.
Impact: Stanton suffered the injury while blocking a shot Friday against the Oilers and is considered day-to-day. Yannick Weber will replace him in Saturday's contest.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Sedin picked up two assists in Friday's 2-0 win over Edmonton.
Impact: Sedin is off to a torrid start this season. He has two points in each of Vancouver's three games.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Sedin picked up a goal and an assist in Vancouver's 2-0 win over Edmonton.
Impact: Following a disappointing season in which he managed only 47 points, Sedin now has six points in three games.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Miller stopped 28 shots to blank Edmonton 2-0.
Impact: The win marked Miller's first shutout since joining Vancouver this offseason. He is a perfect 3-0-0 this season.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vrbata scored for the third straight game Friday, chipped in an assist and fired four shots on net in a win over the Oilers. He also skated to a plus-2.
Impact: The former Coyote is jelling magnificently with the Sedin twins on Vancouver's top line, as the trio has now hooked up for 17 points in the first three games of the season. It's often forgotten that this guy found twine 35 times in 2011-12 with Phoenix, so if he can find a way to consistently make magic with the twins -- who have looked refreshed playing for new coach Willie Desjardins -- then it's conceivable that Vrbata could set new career highs this season. It's early, but props to you if you drafted the underrated Czech sniper.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sedin continued his early-season magic with brother Daniel and winger Radim Vrbata on Friday, tallying a pair of assists in a win over Edmonton.
Impact: The Canucks' top line has now combined for a whopping 17 points in their first three games with the twins looking like their old selves alongside Vrbata, who departed Arizona to sign in Vancouver this summer. If the trio can show they're capable of producing like this at least somewhat consistently against teams other than the lowly Oilers -- who the Canucks have played twice already -- then Sedin and his brother could prove to be two of the bigger fantasy steals this season.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sedin extended his early-season point streak to three games and six points Friday, notching a goal and an assist in a win over the Oilers.
Impact: Can you say "bounce back?" The twins have looked revitalized beside their new winger Radim Vrbata, as the trio have now hooked up for 17 points in Vancouver's first three games. After a disastrous season in 2013-14 under head coach John Tortorella that saw Sedin post his lowest point total in nearly a decade (47 in 73 games), the 34-year-old twins seem poised for a nice rebound this year.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller was magnificent Friday against the Oilers, shutting out the opposition with a 28-save effort.
Impact: In claiming his 30th career shutout, Miller improved his season record to 3-0, and his career mark versus the Oilers to 9-0. Miller was fortunate to receive some quality offensive support in notching his first two victories of the season, but Friday's victory was earned mostly by his own merits.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and is in line to start Friday against the Oilers.
Impact: Miller will put a 8-0-0 career record at stake against the struggling Oilers, who look to be one of the worst teams in the Western Conference yet again. Meanwhile, Miller has reeled off two wins in his first two outings with Vancouver, though he needed his offense to bail him out in his most recent turn.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Horvat (shoulder) was a full participant in the Canucks' practice for the first time since October 2, Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province reports.
Impact: Horvat was expected to be three or four days away from returning to practice, but was ahead of schedule and returned Wednesday. He will likely be sent back to his junior team once he's fully healthy.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Horvat (shoulder) skated on his own Tuesday, Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province reports.
Impact: The Canucks said that Horvat is about three or four days away from participating in full practice. Horvat was in contention for a roster spot with the Canucks in training camp before suffering the injury, but it now seems likely he'll return to his junior team once he's deemed fully healthy.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamhuis had an assist and a fight in Saturday's shootout win over the Oilers.
Impact: It was the blueliner's first fight since 2010, so don't expect him to rack up too many more five-minute majors during the season. Hamhuis is is off to a solid start in 2014-15, recording two assists in two games while averaging 23:57 of ice time. He isn't the flashiest player, but is reliable and should improve on the mere 22 points he tallied in 2013-14.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vey scored his first career NHL goal -- a power-play marker -- in Saturday's shootout win over Edmonton.
Impact: With the Canucks trailing 4-3 in the third period, Vey took a pass in the slot from Henrik Sedin before rifling the puck past Oilers netminder Viktor Fasth. Skating on the Canucks' top power-play unit, the 23-year-old Vey has the chance to put up some decent offensive totals in his first season with Vancouver.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Vrbata recorded his second goal of the season and first assist in Saturday's shootout win over Edmonton.
Impact: Vrbata is proving to be a good addition for the Canucks thus far after tallying 51 points for Phoenix last season.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Sedin had a goal and an assist for the second straight game in Saturday's shootout win over Edmonton.
Impact: Sedin had just 50 points last season - his lowest total (excluding the 2012-13 shortended season) since finishing with 42 points in 2003-04, but he's off to a strong start this year.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Sedin recorded three assists in Saturday's shootout win over Edmonton.
Impact: Saturday marked Sedin's 13th career three-assist performance.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bonino scored his first goal of the season in Saturday's shootout victory over the Oilers.
Impact: Bonino would finish with five shots, two blocks and nine faceoff victories in his 19:37 of ice time. It seems unlikely that Bonino will emerge as a 20-goal scorer for the Canucks this season, but his presence on the second line and power play could make him a useful complementary scorer in deeper formats.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sedin dished out three assists in Saturday's win over the Oilers.
Impact: Though he attempted a team-high six shots on goal in the affair, Sedin offered his greatest contributions as a setup man, with Radim Vrbata and Linden Vey finishing off his passes for power-play tallies. Earlier in the game, Sedin was credited for his first helper on a shot attempt that was tipped home by brother Henrik, giving him 500 assists for his career.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sedin supplied a goal and assist in Saturday's shootout win over the Oilers.
Impact: Sedin found the net for his second goal of the season in the waning seconds of the first period, when he tipped in a shot from brother Daniel to cut the Canucks' deficit to one. After seeing his iron-man streak come to an end last season due to a leg injury, a healthy Sedin looks rejuvenated so far in 2014-15. He's collected four points and has won 25 of 49 (51 percent) of his faceoffs through the Canucks' two games.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vrbata contributed a goal and an assist in Saturday's shootout win over the Oilers.
Impact: Both of Vrbata's tallies came on the power play, with the winger seeing a team-high 7:18 on the man advantage thanks to the Oilers' seven penalties. Through two games with the Canucks, Vrbata has fit in seamlessly in his new home, netting two goals and an assist while attempting nine shots.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller denied only 25 of 29 shots in regulation and overtime, but saved all three of the shootout attempts he faced to come away with a victory Saturday against the Oilers.
Impact: Miller was shaky for the game's first 30 minutes to put the Canucks in a 4-2 hole, but his mates bailed him out by generating seven power-play opportunities on the evening, cashing in on two of them to tie the score. The 34-year-old would put the clamps on the Oilers in the third period and overtime, delivering his biggest save on a Taylor Hall blast with about nine minutes to go. With the victory, Miller improved his record with the Canucks to 2-0.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller will be in the crease Saturday against the Oilers, Jeff Paterson of TSN Radio 1040 reports.
Impact: Miller was steady in his Canucks debut Wednesday, limiting the Flames to two goals on 25 shots in the victory. With another inferior opponent in Edmonton on the docket, Miller will have a fair chance at moving to 2-0 on the season, a far cry from the 12 games it took for him to notch his second victory in 2013-14 with the Sabres.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tanev was paired with Alexander Edler during Vancouver's morning skate on Saturday, and appears as though he will likely play in the Canucks' matchup with the Oilers on Saturday night, the Vancouver Province's Ben Kuzma reports.
Impact: Tanev was questionable to play in Saturday's game after suffering an undisclosed injury during Wednesday's tilt with the Flames, but now it appears as though the defenseman isn't in any danger of sitting out. Fantasy owners should deploy Tanev as they normally would.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Canucks assigned Corrado to AHL Utica on Friday.
Impact: If the young defender performs well for Utica he could very well end up on the Canucks' roster at some point during the season. However, until then, Corrado holds little fantasy value.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tanev (undisclosed) appears questionable to play Saturday against the Oilers.
Impact: Coach Willie Desjardins wouldn't shed much light on Tanev's condition, other than stating that the defenseman's status would be decided following Saturday's morning skate. Yannick Weber would fill in on the blue line if it's determined Tanev can't go.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Tanev had two assists Wednesday.
Impact: Though this was a nice effort, Tanev has no serious fantasy value among NHL defensemen.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Richardson had two assists Wednesday for the Canucks.
Impact: He had only three multi-point games last season.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Sedin scored an empty-net goal and had an assist Wednesday for Vancouver.
Impact: Sedin had only 10 multi-point games last season.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Miller made 23 saves to win his Vancouver debut and the Canucks beat the Calgary Flames 4-2 Wednesday, giving coach Willie Desjardins a victory in his first game at the helm.
Impact: Miller faced 25 shots in the win to kick off his Vancouver tenure on a positive note.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Corrado is expected to return soon from an upper body injury.
Impact: He did not play in the team's opener.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | STATS
News: The Vancouver Canucks have assigned Horvat to the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League on a conditioning assignment.
Impact: Horvat, 19, had one goal in five preseason games with the Canucks. Last season he appeared in 54 games for the Ontario Hockey League's London Knights. He had a career-high 74 points (30 goals, 44 assists) and 36 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-1, 216-pound center was selected by Vancouver with the ninth overall pick in the 2013 draft.