<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>
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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