2011-12 Vancouver Canucks Season Preview

Vancouver Canucks Season Preview

We all remember the season the Canucks had last year – a game 7 loss on home ice to the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals. Many teams have a hard time getting back to the Cup Finals in back to back years because of how grueling the run to the finals are. However, the Canucks still have all their main pieces back this season and should be a force to be reckoned with once again.

Notables Joining the Canucks:

F Marco Sturm, F Mark Mancari, F Byron Bitz, F Mike Duco, F Andrew Ebbett, D Ryan Parent

Notables Leaving the Canucks:

D Christian Erhoff, F Raffi Torres, F Jeff Tambellini, F Tanner Glass

The Vancouver Canucks do have a concerning amount of injuries heading into the 2011-12 NHL season, most notably to Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond. Kesler is coming off hip surgery and it is still unclear when he will be ready to go. And Raymond is still recovering from a fractured vertebra suffered in last season’s finals. With the injuries to start the season and a potential Stanley Cup hangover the Canucks could potentially get off to a slow start. However, the Canucks have way too much talent and surely will claim a top 4 spot in the West and home ice in the first round.

Prediction:

The Canucks slip to third in the West and make a deep playoff run but run out of gas in the Western Conference Playoff Finals.

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From a betting perspective:

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