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Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller will start in net for the Canucks on Thursday.
Impact: Miller was expected to start Thursday, and that was confirmed in pregame warmups. He rides a 6-1 record into the contest against the Canadiens on the Thursday.
Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stanton (lower body) will not play Thursday against the Canadiens, Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province reports.
Impact: It sounded like Stanton would have a shot at returning Thursday after coach Willie Desjardins proclaimed him "very close" earlier in the week, but the blueliner will instead sit for yet another game. He'll turn his sights toward returning over the weekend for either or both of the Canucks' back-to-back games against the Oilers and Predators.
Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Corrado was assigned to AHL Utica on Thursday, Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province reports.
Impact: Corrado has been a healthy scratch for every game since joining Vancouver on Oct. 18, so the organization simply wants him to head to the minors to get some more ice time. Once he gets a few games in with Utica, expect the Canucks to bring him back aboard as their seventh defenseman.
Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller is expected to start in goal for the Canucks in Thursday's game versus the Canadiens, Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun reports.
Impact: Miller's ratios probably aren't as good as his 6-1 record would indicate, but he's still been quite dependable in the net for the Canucks, just as the team hoped when they plucked him off the free agency market in the offseason. He's set to match up Thursday with the Habs' Carey Price, the only goalie in the league with more wins (seven) than him.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller allowed just one goal on 30 shots in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: While he's had a couple stumbles, all in all, Miller's off to a hot start to the season, having won six of his first seven starts. He's been particularly strong over his last three, having allowed just four goals in total.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Richardson scored twice as the Canucks beat the winless Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Impact: Richardson scored his second goal of the game - and the season - into an empty net in the final minute. He does not have much fantasy value at the moment.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Miller made 29 saves to earn his 300th victory Tuesday night against Carolina.
Impact: "It means I have been playing a while," Miller said. "It feels good. It's a collection of a lot of good teams, a lot of good players over the years. I'll take a little moment to reflect. It's been a lot of fun. Just winning's fun and I've gotten to do it quite a bit with some good guys. So I'll try and enjoy this."
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Willie Desjardins said Tuesday that Stanton (lower body) is "really close" to a return.
Impact: Stanton looks like he'll be held out of Tuesday's tilt with the Hurricanes, but after taking part in the team's morning skate, it seems like he could be a more realistic option for Thursday's showdown with the Habs. He's expected to assume a regular role on defense for Vancouver once he's activated from IR.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Richardson potted his first two goals of the year Tuesday against Carolina, opening the scoring 1:32 into the first period and then putting home an empty-netter with 17 seconds remaining. He also went plus-2 with seven penalty minutes.
Impact: Richardson hadn't been rewarded on his 18 shots over eight games to start the season, but that all changed Tuesday. However, he doesn't tend to be a strong source of fantasy production, as he's a checking-liner who's never scored more than 27 points in a season, doesn't lay a lot of hits and doesn't block a lot of shots.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller has been confirmed as the Canucks' starter in the net Tuesday versus the Hurricanes, Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province reports.
Impact: Miller will look to extend his winning streak to three games Tuesday in the match with Carolina, the league's only winless team. Cam Ward gets the start in goal for the Hurricanes.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller will likely be in the net for Tuesday's game against Carolina, according to Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' website.
Impact: Miller was the first goalie off the ice following Tuesday's morning skate, which puts him on track to start Tuesday night. He has a nice matchup Tuesday against a Carolina team that has yet to win this season and will be going with backup goalie Cam Ward.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sedin extended his point streak to four games Sunday, netting a goal in a 4-2 win over the Capitals.
Impact: The Canucks' top line of Sedin, his brother Daniel and Radim Vrbata has been among the NHL's best for the first three weeks of the season, with all three players producing 10 or more points in the team's eight games. Assuming the usually durable Sedin stays healthy, he'll have a great chance at reversing the four-year decline in his point-per-game production, though it's probably unrealistic to expect him to reemerge as the 100-point contributor he was in 2009-10.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sbisa scored his first goal of the season in Sunday's win over Washington.
Impact: It was also the first point of the season for Sbisa, and quite the bounce back for the young blueliner after he took a minus-5 rating in Friday's loss to the Avalanche. Considering he's on the team's third defensive pairing and seeing no power-play time, don't expect Sbisa to produce much offense in his first season with Vancouver.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bonino recorded a goal and an assist in Sunday's win over the Capitals.
Impact: Bonino has looked great on the second line with Alex Burrows and Chris Higgins, recording five points (two goals) in his last three games. If the first eight games are any indication, Bonino could surpass the career-high 22 goals and 49 points he recorded with Anaheim last season.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vrbata netted an empty-net goal and added an assist in Sunday's win over Washington.
Impact: Vrbata is currently riding a four-game point streak and has collected five goals and 10 points in eight games on the season. He has provide fantasy owners with 35 shots on goal, two game-winning goals, and two power-play tallies. It's an understatement to say Vrbata has fit in well with Vancouver. Keep rolling him.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Higgins dished out a pair of assists and was a plus-2 in Sunday's win over Washington.
Impact: Higgins has heated up of late, recording a goal and five points in his last three games. He's looked great on the second line with Alex Burrows and Nick Bonino. Higgins isn't a top-end scorer, but he can deliver 20 goals with ease.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller made 20 saves on 22 shots in Sunday's win over Washington.
Impact: Miller continues to pile up the wins, advancing to 5-1-0 on the season. With Eddie Lack having somewhat disappointed in three appearances this season, the Canucks' crease clearly belongs to Miller. He has fit in well with his new team and should keep racking up the wins.
Oct 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller will start Sunday against the Capitals, Dan Murphy of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Miller had a strong game in his last start, Thursday against the Blues, leading Vancouver to a 4-1 victory while making 31 saves. The 34-year-old goalie has settled in nicely with his new team, posting a 4-1 record and .906 save percentage for the Canucks.
Oct 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stanton (lower body) was on the ice for morning skate Sunday.
Impact: Stanton is in the process of returning from a lower-body injury that sent him to injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 17. He could return any day, and the fact that he participated in morning skate indicates that he may be available for Sunday night's game against the Capitals.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sedin netted a goal and an assist in Friday's loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: It was a horrible outing for the Canucks, but Sedin managed to be productive, also recording six shots on goal. He has looked great so far this season, sitting fifth in league scoring with two goals and 10 points in seven games. Keep rolling him, as he should continue to produce on a dynamic first line also featuring his brother Henrik and Radim Vrbata.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lack gave up seven goals on 48 shots in Friday's loss to Colorado.
Impact: Lack hasn't exactly impressed in two starts this season, losing both games and surrendering a combined 11 goals in that span. After starter Ryan Miller put on a dominant performance Thursday, Lack will more than likely return to his seat on the bench in the upcoming games. The 26-year-old Swede hasn't been good enough to challenge Miller for ice time, so expect nothing to change on the Canucks' goaltending depth chart for the time being.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lack led the Canucks on to the ice for pregame warmups, and will make his second start of the season in Friday's matchup with the Avalanche.
Impact: After Ryan Miller received the nod Thursday against his former Blues squad, coach Willie Desjardins will turn to Lack for the second game of the back-to-back. The backup figures to see a light workload this season after Miller was inked to a hefty contract in the offseason.
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.
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.