Player News - Canucks

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Look for Ryan Miller to get back in net for the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

Miller has a nice 16-7-0 record but his 2.69 GAA and .900 save percentage leave a lot to be desired by poolies who own him. Adjust your lineup if necessary.
Dec 20 - 10:45 AM

Alex Burrows received a promotion and a demotion on Friday.

First the good news. Burrows will see action on the first power play as he will stand in front of the net. The bad news is that he will see fourth line duty during five-on-five situations as he has switched with Jannik Hansen will now go to Burrows old spot on the second line. Burrows has six goals and six assists in 26 games so you have to be in a pretty deep league for Burrows to have any fantasy value.
Dec 20 - 10:43 AM

Tom Sestito is having a tough time cracking the Vancouver lineup of late.

Sestito led the NHL in penalty minutes last season with 213 in 77 games but he has only played twice this season as coach Willie Desjardins has not seen the need to use him. Neither should you at this time.
Dec 20 - 10:39 AM

Bo Horvat was impressed his coaches with his play all over the ice.

The ninth pick in the 2013 Draft, Horvat has been playing on the fourth line with Derek Dorsett and Jannik Hansen. "You’ve got to make decisions right on the spot and being a young guy, you try not to make too many mistakes," said Horvat. "There are times when I can hang on to the puck more and show a little more offence, but for now it’s just doing the little things, and if I do that, it should be good. They have a lot of confidence in me and staying here is only going to make me that much better. And the way we’re contributing shows a lot about our line and the skill we have." Horvat has only a goal and five points in 18 games but expect a lot more in the seasons to come when he moves up the depth chart and becomes a top-six forward.
Dec 20 - 10:27 AM

The Vancouver Canucks are on an 0-for-19 drought with the man advantage.

That cold stretch dates back to Dec. 2 and has played a big role in the Canucks' current five-game losing streak. Vancouver's power play wasn't a strong point to begin with and the team is currently has a mediocre 17.4% conversion rate.
Dec 18 - 11:37 AM

Eddie Lack stopped 27 of 28 shots in Wednesday's 2-0 loss to Dallas.

Lack wasn't terrible tonight, but he will surely want Colton Sceviour's second period goal back. Sceviour put a soft backhanded shot on goal (from a terrible angle) and somehow beat the Canucks' goaltender. Dallas' second goal was scored into an empty net. Lack's record falls to 2-4-2 this season. He has a 2.59 goals-against-average and a .916 save percentage.
Dec 18 - 1:14 AM

Alexander Edler played a game-high 28:53 in Wednesday's 2-0 loss to Dallas.

The Canucks leaned heavily on Edler, but he finished the game with a minus-2 rating (Dallas' second goal was scored into an empty net). The 28-year-old also played big minutes on special teams. He logged 6:05 of ice time on the power play and 2:33 shorthanded. Edler has three goals and nine points in 31 games this season.
Dec 18 - 1:04 AM

Winger Tom Sestito and defenseman Alex Biega will be healthy scratches for Canucks Wednesday night against the Stars.

Sestito was just recalled front the minors on December 14th but won't suit up Wednesday. He's only played in two games this season back on November 1st and 2nd, where he was able to record an assist and plus one rating. Biega has never played in an NHL game and was just called up on December 15th; he has two goals and 10 points in 25 AHL games on the year.
Dec 17 - 7:42 PM

Eddie Lack will be in goal for Vancouver against Dallas on Wednesday.

He hasn't played since Dec. 7 when he was beaten four times on 45 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss to Ottawa. Lack has a 2-3-2 record with a .911 save percentage and a 2.77 goals-against average this season.
Dec 17 - 3:37 PM

Bo Horvat won't join Team Canada for the World Juniors.

Vancouver wants to keep Horvat on the NHL roster. He has a goal and five points in 17 contests in 2014-15.
Dec 15 - 3:24 PM

Alex Biega, 26, has been called up by the Vancouver Canucks.

Biega took part in Saturday's pregame warmups, but was a healthy scratch. It was still a thrill for him though. "It was awesome," said Biega. "It's always great, even in an exhibition game, but in the season to actually get into the warm-ups and see Rick Nash and guys like that, it's great. It really puts the dream into reality." Biega, 26, hasn't made his NHL debut yet. He has two goals and 10 points in 25 AHL contests in 2014-15.
Dec 15 - 11:47 AM

The Vancouver Canucks have recalled Tom Sestito from the AHL.

The 27-year-old has one assist in two games this season.
Dec 14 - 2:30 PM

Luca Sbisa was a minus-four on Saturday.

He was only slightly worse than defensive partner Kevin Bieksa who was a minus-three. Sbisa has two goals and four points this season and is a minus-seven this season. There is not a good reason to have him on your fantasy squad in traditional pools.
Dec 14 - 9:31 AM

Radim Vrbata was back with his old linemates, the Sedin twins, for the third period.

Well that didn't last long! Vrbata was moved off the top line during Friday's practice and was replaced by Jannik Hansen but coach Willie Desjardins went back to Vrbata to start the third. Vrbata was minus-two in the loss to the Rangers and has 12 goals and 23 points with a plus-one rating in 28 games for the Canucks this season.
Dec 14 - 9:28 AM

Shawn Matthias (head) returned to the Canucks’ lineup Saturday against the Rangers.

Matthias hadn’t played in a week. Against New York, he logged 14:06 and got three shots on goal.
Dec 14 - 2:38 AM

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