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Alex Biega has officially been placed on waivers.

This was expected to happen. Antoine Roussel was activated from injured reserve to play Saturday with the intention of moving Biega to waivers.
Oct 14 - 1:17 PM

Thatcher Demko suffered a setback from his concussion when he took a flight from Vancouver to Utica.

Demko was sent to the minors on September 28 and was cleared to fly by the Canucks medical staff but apparently he suffered a huge setback while on the plane and his recovery period was set back by weeks. He is now able to exercise for 10 minutes and he is on his way to recovery but the flight he took from Vancouver was apparently not the best idea at the time. He is the Canucks goalie of the future but has yet to play this season.
Oct 14 - 9:23 AM

In his season debut, Antoine Roussel scored on a penalty shot.

The truculent forward returned from a concussion and was placed on the top line with Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser but after taking a couple of minors in his first five shifts, Roussel was moved down the depth chart and played alongside Jake Virtanen and Brandon Sutter. He scored on a penalty shot late in the second period and tied the game at 2. He is worth picking up in any league that uses the penalty minute category and should get you double-digit goals as well.
Oct 14 - 9:13 AM

Elias Pettersson (head) was forced to leave Saturday night’s game after taking a hit from Mike Matheson along the boards.

Matheson slammed Pettersson to the ice after delivering a hit to the talented rookie behind the net. Canucks coach Travis Green called it a "dirty play" and he hopes the NHL will take action. The team will know more about Pettersson's status tomorrow.
Oct 13 - 11:53 PM

Jay Beagle appears to have broken his hand during Saturday night’s matchup with the Florida Panthers.

Beagle was injured when he blocked a shot from Mike Hoffman late in the third period. His status has yet to be updated.
Oct 13 - 11:48 PM

Anders Nilsson allowed two goals on 26 shots during Saturday's 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers.

It was a solid road win for the Canucks who put together a solid defensive performance in this one. Nilsson has now started back-to-back games, winning both while allowing a combined three goals. With Jacob Markstrom struggling out the gate, it makes sense for Vancouver to ride Nilsson while he stays hot. Nilsson has a 2-0-0 record with a 1.51 goals-against-average and a .950 save percentage.
Oct 13 - 10:20 PM

Elias Pettersson scored a goal during Saturday’s 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers.

Standing in the right circle on the power play, Pettersson let go of an absolute bullet of a wrister, going upstairs on James Reimer for his fifth goal in as many games for the Canucks. Unfortunately, the 19-year-old rookie was forced to leave the game after he was given a rough ride into the ice by Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson. He appeared to suffer a head injury on the play. Antoine Roussel and Bo Horvat also scored in the win.
Oct 13 - 10:11 PM

Michael Del Zotto will be a healthy scratch in Saturday's game against the Florida Panthers.

The 28-year-old has no points in two games this season. This will be the third consecutive game he watches from the press box. Brendan Leipsic and Tyler Motte will also be healthy scratches against Florida.
Oct 13 - 6:46 PM

Anders Nilsson will get the start in Saturday's game against the Florida Panthers.

Nilsson is making a second consecutive start after he made 33 saves in a 4-1 win over Tampa Bay earlier this week.
Oct 13 - 6:17 PM

The Vancouver Canucks are putting Alex Biega on waivers.

Biega won't officially be on waivers until Sunday, but the Canucks are allowed to activate Antoine Roussel (concussion) off the injured reserve list now with the intention of waiving Biega to free up that spot. So for now, Biega is technically a non-roster player that they intend to waive.
Oct 13 - 4:28 PM

Antoine Roussel (concussion) has been taken off the injured reserve list.

Roussel is expected to draw into the Canucks' lineup on Saturday. Based on Friday's practice lines, he'll probably be on a line with Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser. Roussel had 17 points and 126 penalty minutes in 73 games last season.
Oct 13 - 4:26 PM

Antoine Roussel (concussion) took part in Friday's practice.

Roussel was a full participant, so it at least looks like he'll be back soon. That said, nothing has been decided yet. His linemates in the practice were Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser, so that's another situation worth keeping an eye on.
Oct 12 - 4:24 PM

Brock Boeser scored for the first time this season Thursday in a 4-1 Vancouver win over Tampa Bay.

Boeser did not score in the pre-season or in the first three games of the regular season but he scored in Game 4 for his first of the season. He scored for the first time last season in Game 4 as well and went on to score 29 goals in 62 games before a back injury ended his season at the end of February. He could get 35-40 goals this season if he can remain healthy.
Oct 12 - 8:00 AM

Anders Nilsson allowed one goal on 34 shots during Vancouver's 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

It was an impressive performance by Nilsson who allowed just one goal on a 17-shot first period by the Lightning before shutting the door the rest of the way. It's a win in his first start of the season, and he now has a 1.00 goals-against-average and a .971 save percentage. We wouldn't be surprised to see the Canucks go back to Nilsson on Saturday against the Florida Panthers.
Oct 11 - 10:59 PM

Elias Pettersson scored a goal during Vancouver's 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Canucks couldn't solve Andrei Vasilevskiy for two and a half periods until Pettersson opened the flood gates with the first of four goals in under nine minutes to close out the game. It's Pettersson's fourth goal in as many games, this time doing it on a deflection from a Derrick Pouliot point shot. The 19-year-old forward is making the NHL look easy with seven points in his first four games. Brock Boeser, Jake Virtanen and Markus Granlund also scored in the win.
Oct 11 - 10:56 PM


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