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Cherry Picking: Feb. 21, 2013

by Colin Hope / Vancouver Canucks

The Globe & Mail’s David Ebner caught up with two of the countless crazy Canuck fans strewn across North America. How nuts are these two? The autograph they want most is from…Alain Vigneault?!? Read

Chris Tanev’s improbable ascension to top 4 on D

“He’s not physically imposing. He doesn’t skate all that fast. He’s not going to put up big numbers.” Alright, Jason Botchford, we get it, Chris Tanev isn’t the likeliest of top four d-men, but the Province scribe nails it calling #8 one of the team’s steadiest defenders. Read

Canucks at Stars Preview: Can’t always get what you want

Nuck’s Misconduct previews tonight’s tilt in Texas. We know Cory Schneider will be starting for the ‘Nucks, but who’s this Cristopher Nilstorp at the other end of the rink? Read

Perception and how fans can love dirty players

You hear some variation of the sentence, “just another dirty hit from a dirty player,” all the time from opposing fan-bases after questionable plays. Daniel Wagner at Backhand Shelf, provides us with a clean and concise explanation how players get tagged with the label of being “dirty” . Read

Why it’s premature to abandon the Edler on the right side experiment

Thomas Drance investigates the Canucks backend with mathematical analysis, like “Fenwick Events”. So you don’t know what “Fenwick Events” are, worry not, Thomas is good teacher. Read

Rapid Fire

- Bill Sweatt had a season high three point night scoring yet again while dishing two in a 4-3 Chicago Wolves shootout win over the Abbotsford Heat. Sweatt has 8 points in his last 9 games.

- Canucks 1st rounder Brendan Gaunce just keeps rolling along, scoring his 5th in 3 games as his Belleville Bulls won 8-5 last night. Gaunce needs just two more tallies to match the 28 goals he recorded last year.

- And checking in on our buddies at New Van Fan, aspiring Canuck fan, Andreas learns part of being a Canuck fan is dealing with disappointment. It’s a painful and important lesson.

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