First and Last: The New York Islanders vs. Vancouver Canucks

Are you still not over the 1982 Stanley Cup Finals? Then this game is for you! A huge rematch between the team with a “mentally fragile” Jordan Eberle and the “award the Calder to” Mathew Barzal versus the “he might be starting but that could change” Anders Nilsson and “I don’t score but that’s okay” Brendan Gaunce. The Canucks are currently 2-1-1 on this Eastern road trip and going into Brooklyn against an Islanders team who has won 3 straight and 7 of their last 10. Surely, this is a Canucks win, no?

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First and Last: Canucks vs. Flyers

The Vancouver Canucks begin their 6 game road trip in Pennsylvania, where they play the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday. Today we focus on the Flyers and the history they have with the Canucks.

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Vancouver Canucks vs. St. Louis Blues: Their First Game and Their Last

The St. Louis Blues visit Rogers Arena and the Vancouver Canucks on Hockey Night in Canada this Saturday night, and instead of previewing it, we are going to look back at two nights in history: The first time these teams played, (October 12th, 1970) and the last time (March 23rd, 2017).

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WHL Players Who Could Get Drafted in the 2018 NHL Draft After Being Passed On In 2017

The NHL Draft eligible players coming out of the Western Hockey League for 2018 is rather scarce. There are four defensemen who could be called upon in the first 62 picks, but after that, it is anybody’s guess. However, the group of players who were passed on in the 2017 NHL Draft is a strong one and there is a good chance that a few of 19-year-olds will be picked in June. Let’s take a look at the Draft +1 players with the best chance of being taken this year.

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The Top WHL Players Eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft

The 2018 NHL Draft is nearly 7 months away but it is never too early to take a look at who may be the top players taken when the 31 teams converge in Dallas, Texas next June. Today, we take a look at the top players available from the Western Hockey League.

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GAME PREVIEW: Royals vs. Oil Kings

The Edmonton Oil Kings take the ferry to play Victoria on Friday, looking to avenge the 3-2 overtime loss back in October when the Royals came and visited. Matthew Phillips scored with 5 seconds left in overtime to break the hearts of Oil King fans and save them from the shootout.

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Using the CHL Canada-Russia Series as a Measure of Future Professional Success

The WHL portion of the 2017 CIBC Canada-Russia Series is over and after a dominating 7-0 win in Moose Jaw, the Western Hockey League All-Stars lost 4-3 to the Russian team after leading 3-0 in Swift Current. Victoria Royals star Matthew Phillips had one goal in these two games, and although that is nothing to sneeze at, fans of the Royals and those who follow the Calgary Flames prospect were likely hoping for a more Dillon Dube-like domination.

But does how a player do in these two games guarantee any future professional success? Do not fear, here is a list of players with only 1 goal in a single 2-game series, as well as players who had great games and saw little to zero future in the NHL.

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