<p>Justin Morissette navigates the ups, downs, and everything in between of the hockey season with a daily podcast on the Vancouver Canucks. Recaps, previews, interviews, laughs, and plenty of thoughts and feelings on the topics that unite and divide Nucks Nation — you'll find it all on the Locked On Canucks Podcast. Part of the Locked On Podcast Network.</p>
041 - So This is Twissmas, with Georgia Twiss (...
Vancouver artist GEORGIA TWISS joins the program to talk about her latest Christmas greeting card initiative for charity, how the Canucksmas card idea started last year, her origins in making Canuck-themed art, and the help and mentorship she received along the way from the late Jason Botchford.
040 - Depth Charges (Dec. 5, 2019)
As Vancouver's depth scorers stand accused of being asked to play above their ability, some key figures come through to prove that talk is all nonsense. Alex Edler will be out of the lineup for at least three weeks, and Quinn Hughes shows that doesn't matter at all. And Alex Burrows goes up to the Ring of Honour.
039 - Bright Future, Colourful Past (Nov. 29, 2...
Quinn Hughes' quiet excellence this season is on pace to break Elias Pettersson's rookie scoring record. Examining the myriad records he is on pace to set this season, plus a look to the past to see if hockey's cultural reckoning might come next for Vancouver's long-time coach, Marc Crawford. All that and one last look at Alex Edler's ice-time.
038 - Pennsylvania Problems (Nov. 28, 2019)
Consecutive losses to the Flyers and Penguins reveal that Vancouver can not generate much in the offensive zone, and don't know how to hold on to a lead on the off chance they build one. Justin dives deep into the 25 seconds sequence that cost them the game in Pittsburgh, and criticizes Travis Green's management of the lineup once again.
037 - Halfway Home (Nov. 24, 2019)
The Canucks are 2-1-0 halfway through their November-ending six-game road trip. We check in on how they've fared through those three games, as Bo Horvat's ice time continues to look like a problem and fourth line injuries seem to have completely disrupted this team's groove. Good news, however. Jacob Markstrom got his mojo back.
036 - Nuck Prospectus - Part II, with J.D. Burk...
Part II of a conversation on Canucks prospects, this time focussing on Vasili Podkolzin's deployment in Russia, how he fared in the recent CHL/Russia Super-Series, what the Canucks might look for in return should they make deal with the Habs, and what life is like on the road covering prospect tournaments around the globe.
035 - Nuck Prospectus - Part I, with J.D. Burke...
Last night's game against the Stars was too boring and bad to talk about, so let's skip straight to a show I'd planned for later in the week: it's prospect talk, with the editor-in-chief of Elite Prospect, J.D. BURKE! In Part I of this discussion we dive in to the Olli Juolevi injury, what the Canucks have in Brogan Rafferty and Josh Teves, Kole Lind's progression, and the one prospect that Vancouver fans are sleeping on.
034 - The Botchford Project, with David Quadrel...
The latest addition to CanucksArmy, writer DAVID QUADRELLI joins the show fresh off of his night at Rogers Arena on Saturday as the first burgeoning talent selected to The Botchford Project mentorship program, keeping the spirit of Jason's generosity with emerging media talents alive. David talks about his article, why he chose to write about Quinn Hughes' impact, what Botch meant to him, and the entire journey from being selected to the Project to finished article on Canucks.com.
033 - Blow The Friggin' Whistle (Nov. 18, 2019)
Continuing to explore the fallout from Saturday's game against the Avs and the lack of a whistle as Matt Calvert lay prone on the ice. The Habs and Canucks appear to be scouting each other... who's getting traded? And is Pettersson's faceoff ability (or lack there of) a cause for concern?
032 - Free to Skate (Nov. 17, 2019)
On the night that Vancouver busts out their vintage black skate jerseys, they finally face an opponent on this home-stand that allows them skate free. A good night for Quinn Hughes opposite an incredible performance from Cale Makar, a breakout night for a new look third line, and a refusal to blow the whistle that cast an uneasy pall on the night's proceedings.
031 - When The Stars Go Blues (Nov. 16, 2019)
The Canucks fall 4-2 at home to the Stars despite catching Dallas on a back-to-back. The game points to a larger trend of Vancouver struggling against trap style teams this season, or at least trapping teams not based out of St. Louis.
030 - The Faults In The Stars (Nov. 14, 2019)
Previewing tonight's action between the Canucks and Stars. Why being wrong and questioning what you thought you knew about the team is what makes an 82 game season interesting. In alumni news, Roberto Luongo gets a new job, and Jason Garrison files a lawsuit.
029 - The Birthday Boy (Nov. 13, 2019)
Elias Pettersson powers the Canucks to victory on his 21st birthday, a Sutter injury forces huge minutes on to Bo Horvat, Alex Edler is still playing too much, and Thatcher Demko keeps shining. Plus, despite our belief that this would all blow over for him, Don Cherry is fired from Hockey Night In Canada -- and the reaction to his firing, like the man himself, has been suitably absurd.
028 - A Long Talk - Part II, with Jackson McDon...
It's Part 2 of a lengthy conversation with CanucksArmy managing editor JACKSON McDONALD, on what Jake Virtanen is really doing this season, a long look at the cost the Canucks paid to acquire J.T. Miller, and an honest discussion on Adam Gaudette, Don Cherry, and the confluence of sports and politics.
027 - A Long Talk - Part I, with Jackson McDona...
The first returning guest in Locked On Canucks history, CanucksArmy managing editor JACKSON McDONALD returns to the show to talk Horvat's even-strength struggles, if J.T. Miller was worth a first round pick, Tyler Myers strong start, the underrated contributions of Josh Leivo, and Sven Baertschi's return to the NHL. Recorded this morning ahead of Vancouver's 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils, though much of what we said proved shockingly prescient.
026 - He Watched These Games, with Daniel Wagne...
Pass It To Bulis scribe DANIEL WAGNER joins the show after a pair of road losses to discuss Alex Edler's ice-time, finding more minutes for Troy Stecher, and Brandon Sutter's uneasy fit on the Canucks roster. Plus, even after a hot start, was J.T. Miller's juice worth the squeeze?
025 - Make Adam Gaudette Again (Nov. 7, 2019)
It's another Mailbag edition of the show, with questions looking at the nature of analytics, how the Canucks should fare for the rest of November, what Loui Eriksson's post-hockey career prospects look like, and if it's fair to make fun of Adam Gaudette's old tweets.
024 - Starting to Believe (Nov. 6, 2019)
The Canucks find the most embarrassing way to possibly lose in overtime, falling 2-1 to St. Louis, but you simply have to laugh and appreciate the fire they showed in getting there at all. Breaking down the OT loss, and why even in defeat this Canucks team seems different. Maybe it's time to start believing they are what they appear to be. And the time has come to get Sven Baertschi back in the line-up.
023 - Unsold On Sutter (Nov. 4, 2019)
Plenty to celebrate around this team at the moment after a successful California road trip, including Elias Pettersson's NHL Player of the Week honours. But let's hold back on getting too excited just yet. And of all the players to be taking victory laps about on this team, Brandon Sutter might not be the best bet.
022 - The Phantom Assist (Oct. 30, 2019)
Loui Eriksson loses his assist on the Schaller goal against the Panthers after a Tuesday scoring change, but thinking that changes anything about his performance is missing the point. Previewing tonight's action against the L.A. Kings and getting ready to see Canucks forwards scorch some former teammates. And much love and respect to Travis Green for fantastic off-ice maneuvering on Monday night.
021 - Groundhog Day (Oct. 29, 2019)
The Canucks get an instant shot at redemption by living the same game twice, and make good by stomping the Panthers 7-2 in their most complete performance to date. What lessons were learned after Friday's loss, and how were they applied to this game? Why is Jake Virtanen's ice-time lower than all other forwards? And as we pour over the minute details of this team's performance, we are sleeping on the quiet brilliance of an elite star.
020 - Big Chance For Little Things (Oct. 28, 2019)
The Canucks look to put Friday's bitter disappointment as they get set to host the Florida Panthers. Travis Green continues to insist his team played well despite blowing a four-goal lead, Loui Eriksson is likely to draw back into the line-up for an injured Tyler Motte, and after a brief stint in Utica, Adam Gaudette is back with the Canucks.
019 - Capital Punishment (Oct. 26, 2019)
The Canucks blow a 5-1 lead to Washington as the Caps take it in a shootout on Friday night. Plenty of blame to go around, as arguments can be made to hang this one on Jacob Markstrom, Chris Tanev, even Travis Green. And enough is enough. The time has come to call up Sven Baertschi and stop letting the rot in the middle of the forward group devour this team's chances of success..
018 - Farm Fresh, with Cory Hergott (Oct. 25, 2...
As Adam Gaudette heads down to the AHL to join the Utica Comets, CanucksArmy and Canucks.com Comets expert CORY HERGOTT joins the show to tell us all about the team that Gaudette is set to join, including progress updates on prospects like Lukas Jasek, Kole Lind, Jonah Gadjovich, Olli Juolevi, and more.
017 - There Is No Gaud (Oct. 24, 2019)
Adam Gaudette is finally sent down to the AHL. Justin tackles the young center's demotion after a red hot pre-season, and takes your questions in a Mailbag episode that touches on Jacob Markstrom's future, the Canucks' expansion draft outlook, Troy Stecher haikus, Star Wars Night, and the Canucks' lengthy history of changing their jerseys.
016 - Cap Trick (Oct. 23, 2019)
Bo Horvat comes alive to lead the Canucks to a 5-2 victory in Detroit, as one of Vancouver's star forwards finally delivers a statement game. Jake Virtanen is a league-leader in a stat that makes him a perfect fit for the Horvat line. And if Troy Stecher is to get more ice-time, it needs to come from Edler and Tanev's PK minutes.
015 - Markstorm's A-Brewin', with Nathan Caddel...
The Georgia Straight's NATHAN CADDELL joins the show after a pair of weekend morning games that draw the Canucks' early strengths and weaknesses further into focus. We talk takeaways from both weekend games, Micheal Ferland concerns, and how strong play between the pipes is leading this city back into familiar territory, as a goalie controversy seems unavoidable before the year is done.
014 - Hughes Brothers 2000, with Jackson McDona...
Managing editor of Canucks Army and co-host of Roxy Fever, JACKSON McDONALD joins the show to talk a tale of two hockey games in St, Louis and New Jersey, and what exactly to make of these Canucks through seven games. Plus we compare the Hughes Bros in the only stat category that matters: quality of nicknames.
013 - Third Line Wasteland, with Thomas Drance ...
THOMAS DRANCE of The Athletic Vancouver joins the show to discuss the Canucks' bottom-six forwards after a monster performance from the fourth line leads to questions about how this third line can be used as it searches for an identity. Plus, how good has Jake Virtanen really been? Where's the best place for Adam Gaudette? And when should we start to worry about Micheal Ferland? All that and more, live from the rink in St. Louis.
012 - Bucky Little Wings (Oct. 16, 2019)
J.T. Miller continues his hot start and the powerplay finally looks powerful as the Canucks down Detroit to the tune of a 5-1 beat down. The fourth line shines in a match-up role, everybody gets physical in a grunty game, Thatcher Demko looks solid in his season debut, and there's just something different about this team's vibe. They feel like a family for the first time in a long time.
011 - Positivity Police (Oct. 14, 2019)
As surface level complaints about aesthetics and presentation drive a certain sect of Canuck fans insane, Justin tries to avoid being called negative by offering three compliments in exchange for one criticism. A trio of surprise players have been the Canucks' best skaters to start the year, but rumours of long-term plans on the back-end are a cause for concern.
010 - The A.V. Club (Oct. 13, 2019)
The Canucks squeeze out a 3-2 victory in the shootout over Alain Vigneault's Philadelphia Flyers, and you have to appreciate seeing a former key contributor to Vancouver success because there aren't that many left in the league. Vancouver's star skaters may be starting the season slow, but an emerging star between the pipes is carrying the load. Jake Virtanen is finding consistency in his game. And perhaps the Big 3 forwards should be expanded to a Big 5 as Miller and Pearson continue to roll.
009 - Wherefore Art Thou Roberto (Oct. 11, 2019)
Handing Horvat the captaincy lingers as a rare emotional moment from a team that hasn't had a ton of emotional resonance in recent years, Sedin retirement feelings notwithstanding. And amidst the returning faces of old school Canucks during Wednesday's ceremony, two notable names of the past stand out in their absence, and have equally shaky relationships with the team for completely different reasons.
008 - Bo Captain, My Captain (Oct. 10, 2019)
Bo Horvat is named captain in a moving anniversary ceremony before the Canucks blow the doors off the LA Kings 8-2 in their home opener. Quinn Hughes shines despite his ice-time. And maybe Brandon Sutter can be a positive contributor to a team that has depth.
007 - Lines In A Blender (Oct. 8, 2019)
Adam Gaudette fights to cement his spot, Travis Green mixes it up looking for any sign of a spark, and while it's early yet, the Baertschi Brigade can already take a victory lap.
006 - Bye Bye Bulldog (Oct. 7, 2019)
The Canucks lose 3-0 to the Flames on a night where the powerplay really lets them down. What to do with the PP units? Fare thee well, Alex Biega. And why, no, Pittsburgh does not want Brandon Sutter back.
005 - Never Seen A Horse (Oct. 5, 2019)
Thatcher Demko has never seen a horse before as the Canucks go riding at a dude ranch, Quinn Hughes is good at defense, Travis Green agrees that Sutter and Eriksson stank against the Oilers, and Francesco Aquilini's comments on SN650.
004 - Oil Slick (Oct. 3, 2019)
The Canucks fall on the road to the Oilers in the season opener. Takeaways from last night's game including Quinn Hughes' razzle dazzle moves, Tanner Pearson: Shot Machine, and a surprisingly solid start to the season for Tyler Myers.
003 - Bo, Say, Can You C? (Oct. 2, 2019)
A captain coming next week, but we all know who it is. Previewing tonight's season opener by sizing up an opponent in Edmonton that looks frankly awful. Baertschi clears.
002 - If Not Now, Sven? (Oct. 1, 2019)
A roster log-jam leads to tough decisions, as the Canucks cut Sven Baertschi, Nikolay Goldobin, and Alex Biega.
001 - Rookie Move (Sept. 30, 2019)
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