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Wake With Elias: Hughes wins the rookie scoring race & Virtanen is in hot water

Also, the analysis on the potential match-up against the Minnesota Wild has begun.

NHL: JAN 27 Blues at Canucks
Vancouver Canucks Right Wing Jake Virtanen (18) and Vancouver Canucks Defenceman Quinn Hughes (43) smile after assisting with a goal against the St. Louis Blues during their NHL game at Rogers Arena on January 27, 2020 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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Canucks News

  • Jim Benning spent a half hour yesterday talking to the media about the NHL’s return to play, and how that impacts the Canucks. [YouTube]
  • One of the topics that Benning broached in that interview was the possibility of the Canucks beginning their training camp in the U.S. [TSN]

The problem stems from the fact that anyone who comes to Canada from elsewhere in the world is required by-law to quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival.

“It’s a big concern,” Benning said. “We worry about it because that’s 14 days before we’re going to start a gruelling training camp and get into playing playoff-style games. Basically we’re telling our players that they’ve gotta sit around their homes or apartments and they can’t do the type of training that they need.

“I know that government officials are looking at it and we don’t like it, but we understand that we need to do what’s right for everybody involved and for the safety of people ... that’s going to trump everything else.”

NHL: FEB 25 Canucks at Canadiens
Brett Kulak (77) of the Montreal Canadiens and Jake Virtanen (18) of the Vancouver Canucks battle for position during the second period of the NHL game between the Vancouver Canucks and the Montreal Canadiens on February 25, 2020, at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
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  • Jake Virtanen has found himself in hot water again after he posted a video of himself to social media while he was driving. [News 1130]
  • The Canucks still feel like they’re an ideal hub city, but there are some notable obstacles as well. [National Post]
  • And finally, with the conclusion of the regular season, Quinn Hughes leads all rookies in scoring with 53 points.

Around the NHL

  • Greg Wyshynski tells us why the 2020 playoffs will be the best ever. [ESPN]

I’m all for that hype. In the latest episode of the Silky N’ Filthy podcast on Nucks Misconduct (out later today), we made a Stanley Cup bracket based on the most entertaining match-ups.

Let’s go all in on fun and chaos. Also, the Canucks are going to win the fake Cup.

  • The NHL has advised teams that they can have 28-man rosters. [CBC]
  • If you want to see Vancouver as a hub city, don’t read this. [CBC]
  • Six interesting goalie developments from around the NHL this season. [Sportsnet]