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Canucks Report: Selke Consideration

Friday, 25.02.2011 / 5:01 PM / News
By Nolan Kelly
February 25, 2011

SELKE CONSIDERATION

By Nolan Kelly

Taking a backseat to Ryan Kesler, who many consider the Selke trophy favorite this season, Manny Malhotra is quietly putting up some gaudy defensive numbers. He currently leads NHL forwards with 68 blocked shots, and short-handed faceoff wins (132). During his short tenure as an integral member of the penalty kill, the Canucks have moved up from 18th place in the NHL last season to 4th this year.

Malhotra scored the game winning goal during last night's game against the St. Louis Blues.

For more on Manny Malhotra and Ryan Kesler’s Selke consideration, check out Dave Lozo’s article here.

PRACTICE AT 8 RINKS

With Eric Clapton in town tonight the Canucks did a ‘dress and drive’ (see photo below) this morning, getting ready at Rogers Arena, then heading over to Burnaby 8 rinks for practice.

Tomorrow, the team will practice at Rogers Arena before hosting Milan Lucic and the Boston Bruins at 7pm.

The Bruins have been lying in wait for the Canucks, having arrived in Vancouver last Wednesday after a bout with the Flames the previous night. At 19-7-4, the Bruins bring the leagues 2nd best road record to town.

NEW EXHIBIT

Canucks Sports & Entertainment announced plans today to unveil a new exhibit at Rogers Arena commemorating the one year anniversary of Team Canada’s gold medal game. Vancouver Canucks goaltender and Team Canada gold medalist, Roberto Luongo will officially unveil the exhibit on Monday, February 28th.

It’s the one year anniversary of Team Canada’s gold medal win and the closing of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

During the Tournament, Luongo went 5-0 with a 1.76 Goals Against Average and a .926 Save Percentage.

SUPERSKILLS SUNDAY

Canucks host their annual Superskills competition this Sunday at Rogers Arena.

The contest divides the Canucks into two teams, and awards points for victories in events such as the three on three relay and the puck relay.

Last year’s indivdual winners included, Alex Edler with the hardest shot at 98.3 MPH, and Mason Raymond who won the fastest skater and accuracy shooting.