Canucks defenceman Dan Hamhuis

Canucks defenceman Dan Hamhuis

NHL: Canucks face Giroux, Flyers in Philly; Hamhuis to return in Carolina

Vancouver's three-game losing streak needs an Eastern foe to end it, and the Flyers and Hurricanes are ideal matches...

UPDATE: The Vancouver Canucks defeated the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night, 4-0, to end a three-game losing streak during which they only scored two goals.

Henrik and Daniel Sedin led the way with two points, Nick Bonino and Radim Vrbata each got in the goal column, Jannik Hansen added the fourth goal for insurance, and Ryan Miller picked up is fourth shutout of the season…


Good news: the Vancouver Canucks will get Dan Hamhuis back for their game against the Carolina Hurricanes, on the third game of their perhaps season-dependant road trip.

The bad news: that game’s tomorrow. And tonight, the Vancouver Canucks take on the Philadelphia Flyers in the City of Brotherly Love – ironically, also the city of enemy hate.

There are no fans as infamously foaming as Philadelphia’s, and the Canucks skate into Pennsylvania on a three-game losing streak, with only two goals to speak of in that span.

“We have to tighten up in a few areas,” Vancouver forward Nick Bonino said Thursday ( “We know what those areas are; we’ve been going over them in video, working on them a little bit. Have to get back quicker, help our (d-men) break the puck out, and then get more pucks to the net.”

Bonino has scored just two goals since November 8, a period of 27 games, after starting the year at a near point-per-game pace centering Vancouver’s second line.

But he’s far from the only Canuck who’s stalled out. The offence from Daniel and Henrik Sedin has dried up – save for a couple multi-point performances, not surprisingly in wins – and Radim Vrbata has scored in beeps, not a straight line, despite leading the team with 16 goals.

The Canucks will get goalie Ryan Miller back for their game against Philadelphia. (More below the jump…)

The 2010 Vezina Trophy winner missed Vancouver’s last two games with the flu, and the Flyers counter with forward Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux, who have combined for 100 points through 44 games played this season.

Despite their early new year woes – the Canucks have won two of their six games so far in 2015 – Vancouver sits in playoff position in the Western Conference. The Canucks are 23-15-3 on the season (49 points), good enough for eighth in the conference with three games in hand on Los Angeles, San Jose, and Winnipeg.

Philadelphia’s first line has been all the Flyers can write home about. The team has just 41 points through over half-a-season played, for 12th in the Eastern Conference.

It gets easier, on paper, against Carolina on Friday – the Hurricanes have a third-worst 33 points this season, and are battling Buffalo and Edmonton in ‘The NHL’s Great Connor McDavid sweepstakes’.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
81 new cases of COVID-19 detected in Interior Health Friday

One additional staff member at Kelowna long-term care home tests positive, no new deaths

A case of Covid-19 was identified at Cranbrook Montessori Pre-School last week.
Covid identified at Cranbrook Montessori

A case of Covid-19 was identified at Cranbrook Montessori Pre-School last week.… Continue reading

The 2020 Wasa Triathlon was cancelled. Above, the bike portion of the 2019 event. Bulletin file
Gerick Sports Wasa Triathlon committee is going ahead with planning 2021 event

Lots of uncertainty, but the committee has decided its too early to cancel

Bootleg Gap Golf Course has been sold to Simkins Golf Management Inc. for $3 million.
Bootleg Gap Golf Course sold to Simkins Golf Management for $3 million

After the decision was made to sell back in October 2019, Council… Continue reading

Dorothy Kilgallen, circa 1952 (
Booknotes: Fearless reporter among the greatest of all time

Mike Selby “Success has not changed Frank Sinatra,” wrote journalist Dorothy Kilgallen… Continue reading

A snow moon rises over Mt. Cheam in Chilliwack on Feb. 8, 2020. Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 is Mountain Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Dec. 6 to 12

Mountain Day, Dewey Decimal System Day and Lard Day are all coming up this week

Demonstrators, organized by the Public Fishery Alliance, outside the downtown Vancouver offices of Fisheries and Oceans Canada July 6 demand the marking of all hatchery chinook to allow for a sustainable public fishery while wild stocks recover. (Public Fishery Alliance Facebook photo)
Angry B.C. anglers see petition tabled in House of Commons

Salmon fishers demand better access to the healthy stocks in the public fishery

(Hotel Zed/Flytographer)
B.C. hotel grants couple 18 years of free stays after making baby on Valentines Day

Hotel Zed has announced a Kelowna couple has received free Valentines Day stays for next 18 years

Farmers raise slogans during a protest on a highway at the Delhi-Haryana state border, India, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rejected the diplomatic scolding Canada’s envoy to India received on Friday for his recent comments in support of protesting Indian farmers. Tens of thousands of farmers have descended upon the borders of New Delhi to protest new farming laws that they say will open them to corporate exploitation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Manish Swarup
Trudeau brushes off India’s criticism for standing with farmers in anti-Modi protests

The High Commission of India in Ottawa had no comment when contacted Friday

Montreal Alouettes’ Michael Sam is set to make his pro football debut as he warms up before the first half of a CFL game against the Ottawa Redblacks in Ottawa on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. Sam became the first publicly gay player to be drafted in the NFL. He signed with the Montreal Alouettes after being released by St. Louis, but abruptly left after playing one game. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Study finds Canada a ‘laggard’ on homophobia in sports

Among females, 44 per cent of Canadians who’ve come out to teammates reported being victimized

Nurse Kath Olmstead prepares a shot as the world’s biggest study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., gets underway Monday, July 27, 2020, in Binghamton, N.Y. U.S. biotech firm Moderna says its vaccine is showing signs of producing lasting immunity to COVID-19, and that it will have as many as many as 125 million doses available by the end of March. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Hans Pennink
Canada orders more COVID vaccines, refines advice on first doses as cases reach 400K

Canada recorded its 300,000th case of COVID-19 on Nov. 16

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Apartments are seen lit up in downtown Vancouver as people are encouraged to stay home during the global COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. British Columbia’s deputy provincial health officer says provincewide data show the most important area B.C. must tackle in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic is health inequity. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marissa Tiel
Age, income among top factors affecting well-being during pandemic, B.C. survey shows

Among respondents earning $20,000 a year or less, more than 41 per cent reported concern about food insecurity

Most Read