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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 | RotoWire
News: Tanev sustained an injury during Wednesday's game against the Flames and will be reevaluated later Thursday.
Impact: Coach Willie Desjardins didn't offer much insight into Tanev's injury, other than saying that he hoped the defenseman would be available for the Canucks' next game Saturday. Tanev tallied two assists in Wednesday's victory.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller stopped 23 of the 25 shots he faced in Wednesday's win over Calgary.
Impact: Miller was solid in his regular-season Canucks' debut, shutting the door in the final period to help his team hold on for a 4-2 win. With new offensive firepower up front in Radim Vrbata, Nick Bonino, and Linden Vey, Miller could post great win totals in Vancouver. The 34-year-old is the team's clear-cut starting goalie, but if he happens to struggle down the road, backup Eddie Lack could steal some starts.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Burrows netted a power-play goal in Wednesday's season-opening win over the Flames.
Impact: It took Burrows 36 games to score his first goal last season, so this is a relief for fantasy owners. Burrows was also credited with two PIM and five hits in the win. It was a great start for the 33-year-old winger, who is currently skating on the second line alongside Nick Bonino and Chris Higgins.
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.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stanton was credited with a game-high five shots on goal in Wednesday's win over the Flames.
Impact: Stanton finished the game with a plus-2 rating in 17:34 of ice time. The 25-year-old isn't expected to turn into a high-end offensive contributor, but he did manage 16 points in just 64 games last season. His value is limited though due to the fact he is on the team's third defensive pairing and sees little to no power-play time.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bieksa (undisclosed) logged 20:26 of ice time in Wednesday's win over Calgary, recording four PIM, two shots on goal and a plus-2 rating.
Impact: Bieksa, who was a game-time decision Wednesday, looked good in the win, making some solid defensive plays. He only played 11 seconds on the power play, but still found ways to get involved offensively. On nights he doesn't produce point totals, Bieksa will still help fantasy teams by contributing in categories such as PIM, hits and blocked shots.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kassian scored a goal, recorded three shots on goal, and was credited with two PIM in Wednesday's season-opening win against Calgary.
Impact: Kassian looked good on the third line with Brad Richardson and Linden Vey, but he could get bumped up into the top six at some point this season. The gritty winger will provide fantasy owners with elite PIM numbers and should improve on the career-high 14 goals he recorded in 2013-14.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vrbata scored the game-winning goal, recorded four shots on goal and went plus-2 in Wednesday's season-opening win over Calgary.
Impact: What a start for the former Coyote, who helped bring out the best of Daniel and Henrik Sedin on Wednesday. Vrbata's fantasy stock continues to rise as he continues to show chemistry with the twins on the top line. You can't go wrong with a former-35 goal scorer who's playing at even strength and on the power play with two of the best playmakers in the game.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Richardson dished out a pair of helpers in Wednesday's win over Calgary.
Impact: Richardson was also credited with three shots on goal and two PIM in the win. Although he has never posted more than 27 points in a season, Richardson will get chances to produce decent offensive totals this season alongside Linden Vey and Zack Kassian on the third line. Still, Richardson doesn't play on the power play and isn't known for his offensive production, making him unappealing in shallow fantasy formats.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tanev registered a power-play assist and added an even-strength helper in Wednesday's win over Calgary.
Impact: Tanev had a great game offensively, creating chances and jumping into the play. He was absolutely robbed by Flames' netminder Jonas Hiller on two separate occasions. Tanev did finish the night a minus-2, but he was paired with Alex Edler, who finished the 2013-14 season with the worst plus-minus in the league (minus-39). Tanev is on the rise and should improve on the career-high 17 points he achieved last season.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sedin recorded a goal and an assist in Wednesday's season-opening win over the Flames.
Impact: Sedin turned in a vintage performance Wednesday, assisting on Radim Vrbata's game-winning goal in the second period and logging 18:38 of ice time. Henrik also added an empty-net goal and was credited with a team-high three blocked shots. If the Canucks hope to return to the postseason, they will need a big bounce-back season from Sedin and his brother, Daniel. Fantasy owners couldn't have asked for much of a better start from Sedin, but it's an 82-game season. Don't forget Sedin started strong in 2013-14 before falling off completely.
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 | RotoWire
News: Bieksa (shoulder) participated in Wednesday's pregame warm-ups, Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province reports.
Impact: Bieksa seemed optimistic after Wednesday's morning skate, and although he's still a game-time decision, all signs are pointing to the blueliner suiting up against Calgary for the season 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.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bieksa (shoulder) indicated he "felt good" after Wednesday's morning skate.
Impact: He still remains a game-time decision for the season opener against the Flames, but the blueliner's words lead us to think that he'll be available. He first hurt his shoulder after throwing a hard check during a preseason game last week.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller will make his Canucks debut in goal Wednesday vs. the Flames, the Vancouver Sun reports.
Impact: It will be a battle of the top two goalies from this summer's free agency market, as Miller (formerly of the Blues) takes on Jonas Hiller (Ducks). Miller faded badly down the stretch during St. Louis' early postseason exit, but the 34-year-old could still notice some improvement in his overall numbers this season, after his 2013-14 totals were dragged down by playing behind a horrid Buffalo defense for much of the year. The Canucks' blue line probably ranks somewhere between the Sabres and Blues on the talent spectrum, which should enable Miller to at least finish in the middle of the pack among goalies in most categories.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vey, who finished the preseason with two goals and five points in five games, will start the season as Vancouver's third-line center, the Vancouver Province reports.
Impact: Vey will line up in the middle beside usual center Brad Richardson, who moves to left wing, and power forward Zack Kassian on the right. Vey has been playing on the team's top power-play unit alongside the Sedin twins, Radim Vrbata and Alex Edler, making him a potential fantasy sleeper. Vey appears destined to improve on the mere five points he recorded in 18 games with a deep Los Angeles team in 2013-14.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sedin finished the preseason with six assists in four games.
Impact: Sedin impressed on the top line alongside newcomer Radim Vrbata, assisting on all three of the former-Coyote's preseason goals. Vrbata found instant chemistry with the Sedin twins, finishing off a couple perfect passing plays from the two Swedish brothers. With a new sniper on his wing, Henrik is almost sure to improve on the lackluster 11 goals and 50 points he recorded in 2013-14.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bieksa (upper body) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's season opener against the Flames, Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun reports.
Impact: Bieksa was a participant in Tuesday's full practice, but he's still hurting a bit from his run-in with the boards during last week's exhibition game against the Oilers. The veteran wasn't occupying his usual spot next to Dan Hamhuis during practice, instead pairing up with fellow injured blueliner Frank Corrado. The Canucks should have a better idea about his availability after Wednesday's morning skate, but his status could end up coming down to the wire.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Higgins finished the preseason with two goals and an assist in four games. He skated on the second line with Nick Bonino and Alex Burrows in Saturday's preseason finale against Edmonton.
Impact: Higgins was impressive in the preseason, using his wicked shot to find twine on two separate occasions. He is likely to slot in on Vancouver's second or third line this season, with second-unit power-play time a definite possibility. Higgins isn't anything special, but he should provide fantasy owners with decent goal and shot totals. His career-high 52 points came eight seasons ago with Montreal.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Burrows finished the preseason with no goals and two assists in five games, to go with a plus-3 rating.
Impact: Burrows heated up towards the end of exhibition play, fitting in well on the second line with Chris Higgins and Nick Bonino. Burrows loses some fantasy value due to the fact he is no longer playing with the Sedin twins, but that doesn't mean he can't still produce 20 goals. Burrows will see time on the team's second power-play unit and should improve on the lackluster five goals and 15 points he achieved in 2013-14. He's nowhere near as bad as he was last season.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jensen was assigned to AHL Utica on Monday.
Impact: "It's a bit about numbers, I thought he had a really good camp. We want him to play, to get minutes," said coach Willie Desjardins. Jensen, who managed three goals and six points in a 17-game stint with the Canucks in 2013-14, will get prime opportunities to succeed with the AHL Comets in 2014-15.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bieksa (undisclosed) could miss Wednesday's regular-season opener vs. the Flames, Team 1040's Matthew Sekeres reports.
Impact: Bieksa was not at practice Monday, nursing an undisclosed injury that he presumably suffered at some point in the preseason. The 33-year-old blueliner failed to record a point in three exhibition games, finishing a plus-1, while averaging over 25:00 of ice time. Bieksa, who is expected to be a key asset to the Canucks' defense in 2014-15, is likely to improve on the mere 24 points he achieved in 2013-14.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kassian skated on the third line alongside Linden Vey and Brad Richardson in Saturday's preseason finale win over Edmonton.
Impact: Kassian, who failed to record a point in three preseason games, appears set to start the season in a bottom-six role. The 23-year-old power forward led the Canucks in scoring in the second half of the 2013-14 season, finishing with a career-high 14 goals and 29 points. While Radim Vrbata is set to play with the Sedin twins on the top unit, Kassian should have the chance to earn himself a spot on the second line. Kassian likely needs a permanent role in the top six to exhibit his full scoring potential.