Game of the Week: Canucks vs Canadiens, October 30th

The Canucks have three games this week and it wasn’t an easy decision for Game of the Week. Sunday features an all-too rare visit to Vancouver from Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals, the only time we’ll get to see him at Rogers Arena this season.

Tuesday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes doesn’t seem overly exciting, but it’s a chance for Henrik Sedin and Alex Edler to complete a set. Henrik has scored a goal and Edler has tallied a point against every NHL team apart from the Hurricanes (and the Canucks, of course). All they need is one goal by Henrik assisted by Edler and they can retire from the NHL in good conscience.

But the game of the week won’t come until Thursday, when the Montreal Canadiens are in town.

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The Paper Feature: Good luck explaining the Sedins to people

The Sedins are back.

That appears to be the overriding takeaway from the first nine games of the Vancouver Canucks’ 2014-15 season, as both Daniel and Henrik are operating at better than a point-per-game pace in the earlygoing. The powerplay is clicking, new linemate Radim Vrbata appears to be a strong fit, and suddenly, the twins are twinning at an elite level once again.

Thank the heavens. I, for one, wasn’t willing to see the end of the Sedin era, and not just because I’m a fan of this team and their uncanny twin engine, but because I’m terrified of what comes after the Sedins.

Trying to explain them to people.

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I Watched This Game: Canucks 3, Avalanche 7

The Canucks had some trouble with the speed of the Dallas Stars at the beginning of this road trip, so you had to know they were going to struggle to defend against a team that employs both Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene. Those dudes have more speed than Sandra Bullock’s 1990s filmography and, much like diehard fans of Sandra Bullock’s 1990s filmography (such as myself), it’s tough to keep them from The Net.

And so, while the Sedins contributed their usual Practical Magic, the Avalanche’s stars were Forces of Nature that saw a tired Canucks team and decided Friday night was A Time to Kill. Duchene, in particular was a Demolition Man, hopping the boards with a “Who do I Gotta Kill?” look in his eyes, going end to end like a Fire on the Amazon. With his third period goal, he guzzled the Hope Floats of Canuck Nation. Perhaps you, like the Canuck defenders, napped through this one. Well. While You Were Sleeping, I watched this game.

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Real Good Tweets starring @alexlovesburrs and happy former Canucks

You folks made some good tweets last week. Some real good tweets.

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Canucks of the Week, starring Justin Bourne, Willie Desjardins, and the Comets

Canucks of the Week, written by Kevin Vanstone, examines who and what is keeping hockey in Vancouver interesting these days. That’s right: who and what. It need not only be players. After all, we are all Canucks. All people, places, things, abstract concepts, ideas, emotions — if it’s a noun, proper or common, it’s a Canuck, and it’s eligible to be a Canuck of the week.

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I Watched This Game: Canucks 4, Blues 1

It may have taken longer than expected — about eight months more — but Ryan Miller the game-breaker finally arrived in St. Louis on Thursday night. Unfortunately, he arrived several months after Ryan Miller, paid employee, had departed the Blues organization. That guy’s a Canuck now. Like so many things in life, this is simply a case of bad timing.

Not a case of bad timing? Me, turning this game on at the precise moment it began. That’s good timing, and as a result, I watched this game.

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Bo goes pro, but Markstrom steals show in Comets home opener

I hadn’t watched any AHL games this season — I honestly do miss having the Abbotsford Heat in town — but I made an exception for Bo Horvat’s first professional game. Horvat made his debut Wednesday night for the Utica Comets thanks to his pre-season shoulder injury. Without that injury, it would be the NHL or OHL for Horvat, but his recuperation allowed him to head to Utica on a conditioning assignment.

Horvat and the Comets faced the former Heat, who are now the Adirondack Flames. Whatever the name, the Comets continued their dominance of Calgary’s farm team. The star of the game, however, wasn’t the 18-year-old centre, who played mainly on the fourth line, or even one of the Canucks’ other highly-touted forward prospects. Instead, Jacob Markstrom, the much-maligned young goaltender, was the standout star.

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Big Numbers: Vrbata shoots, Bieksa leads, Tanev gets hit

Every now and then we like to take a break from all the words and just post some numbers. And some words describing the numbers, as otherwise it would just be a whole bunch of numbers with no context, which would be really weird. Big Numbers is a weekly feature on Pass it to Bulis in which we identify the numbers and statistics that really matter or, frequently, the ones that don’t matter at all but are still pretty interesting.

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Stick in Link: Ryan Miller has a bad day; Alex Edler’s 500th game

It’s time for “Stick in Link”, the feature where we just plug in a bunch of stuff written by others! Featuring a smattering of links from around the Smylosphere and beyond every Tuesday and Thursday. Warning: our links are so hyper, they change colour when exposed to heat. (Have something for us to share in the next edition? E-mail us at, tweet us @passittobulis, or just come over and write your link on a pad of paper, I guess.)

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The Prospector: Virtanen, McCann, and Subban make Super Series rosters

The Prospector is a semi-regular feature on Pass it to Bulis where we pan the Canucks prospects pool in search of gold.

In this edition, we look at the Canucks prospects set to play in the Subway Super Series, Jordan Subban’s goalscoring ability, Cole Cassels’ outstanding week, and a few of the Canucks’ prospects in the ECHL.

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