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Mike Keenan


C - Mark Messier, Peter Zezel, Dave Scatchard, Brandon Convery, Matt Cooke, Josh Holden. LW - Todd Bertuzzi, Brad May, Markus Naslund, Donald Brashear, Bert Robertsson, Peter Schaefer. RW - Alexander Mogilny, Bill Muckalt, Trent Klatt, Steve Staios. D - Adrian Aucoin, Murray Baron, Bret Hedican, Jamie Huscroft, Dana Murzyn, Mattias Ohlund, Jason Strudwick. G - Garth Snow, Corey Hirsch.


Brad May, lw (groin pull, indefinite); Todd Bertuzzi, lw (broken leg, indefinite).


Recalled Josh Holden, c, from Syracuse (AHL), recalled Peter Schaefer, lw, from Syracuse, assigned Chris McAllister, d, to Syracuse on two-week conditioning assignment, placed Brad May, lw, and Todd Bertuzzi, lw, on IR.


10/27 at Nashville  L 5-4
10/30 Pittsburgh    T 2-2
11/01 Washington    W 4-1
11/02 at Edmonton   L 5-3
11/07 Nashville     W 5-3
11/09 Los Angeles   L 4-3


Northwest Division  GP   W   L   T   PTS   GF   GA   
  Edmonton          13   8   5   0    16   46   34   
  Vancouver         13   6   6   1    13   40   34   
  Calgary           13   5   6   2    12   34   36   
  Colorado          13   4   8   1     9   32   44


by Jeff Dubois, Vancouver Correspondent

If you are a Vancouver Canucks fan who has been able to predict how the team will perform on a nightly basis, raise your hand. I thought not. After returning from an eastern swing that saw the Canucks level out at 4-4, the team has been consistently inconsistent, and certainly unpredictable.

Following a 4-3 defeat at the hands of the injury-riddled Los Angeles Kings, the Canucks' record stands at 6-6-1. Under the circumstances, most Canucks fans would have been quite pleased with a .500 effort through a month of play, but there is still a feeling that points have been slipping away.

The absence of Pavel Bure and Bryan McCabe have left the Canucks short-handed, but the additional loss of Todd Bertuzzi and Brad May have left the Canucks without depth. The Canucks continue to be in most every game, but, without the aforementioned forwards, have lacked the game-breaker to rely on near the end of a close contest. The next two weeks should begin to indicate where the team is headed, as it should become clear whether the now heavily rumoured Bure deal is in fact imminent.

The Canucks have so far done nothing to distinguish themselves from other Western Conference teams, but they may soon do so. LCS Hockey has given our psychic friend, Christopher Walken, another chance and he has predicted that Bryan McCabe should be flying home from his stint with the Canadian national team to sign a contract by press time. Don Cherry, long referred to as "Hockey God" around a certain reporter's dinner table has predicted the Pavel Bure trade to go down within the next week. Christopher figures that the next month is a more likely prospect.

Until these pressing matters are resolved, Brian Burke will be one busy boy. In the meantime, he has left Mike Keenan with a depth chart that is young and unproven, but full of potential. Adrian Aucoin has joined Mattias Ohlund as offensive threats on the blue line. Aucoin has already collected five goals through 13 games of play and is one of the key reasons why the Canucks' power play is near the top of the league.

Rookie Bill Muckalt continues to dazzle. He has been joined by fellow freshmen Josh Holden and Peter Schaefer on the team's depleted roster. Holden and Schaefer have both played solid hockey, and hope to stick even after the injured players return. Brandon Convery and Markus Naslund have also been effective, and have joined with Muckalt to form what is acting as the Canucks' current second line. Garth Snow and Corey Hirsch have continued to impress, Hirsch having finally seen action while Snow lost three games to injury. Hirsch acquitted himself quite nicely, but Keenan believes that he doesn't have the stamina and conditioning to hold the starter's job.

This was one of the shorter reports you'll see, but with the potential for signings and trades over the next couple of weeks, and the continued reluctance on the part of Brian Burke to speak to me (in a box or with a fox, in a house or with a mouse) there should be much to talk about when LCS Hockey's love train rolls into the station on Nov. 25. Thanks to those who e-mailed me re: the last column (I can count you on one hand) and please continue sending praise to:

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