Top 5 Canucks games to watch next season

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The NHL schedule was released on Sunday, so you are now free to plan out your winter.

As always, when the schedule is released I immediately take a close look at the how favourable the Canucks schedule is (or isn’t).

At 45,173 air miles, the Canucks will travel the sixth most of any NHL team this year, a fact of life for a team on the west coast. I’m surprised the Canucks aren’t first on the list.

Perhaps the most favourable part of the Canucks schedule is that the Canucks play 19 games this year where their opponent is playing the second of back-to-back games while the Canucks are rested. That’s more than any other NHL team.

While many of you may be planning some road trips, Florida/Tampa on January 19-20 or the three New York City area teams on Feb 19-22 would be my picks, but more of you are likely planning which home games to attend this season. So without further ado, here are the top five games you should be looking forward to this season:

1. January 8 – Florida Panthers

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January 8 is the day that Roberto Luongo returns to Vancouver for the first time since he was traded. The Panthers get three days off before playing the Canucks so they should arrive in Vancouver at least a couple of days early, leaving lots of time for the media hype machine to get hold of this story.

I expect there to be a video tribute and a standing ovation for the greatest goalie in franchise history.

2. Oct 18 or Nov 20 or Nov 23 or Jan 3 or Feb 7 or Mar 26

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That’s the day that Tampa Bay or Anaheim or Chicago or Detroit or Pittsburgh or Colorado come to town for the first time. You know, the team that Ryan Kesler will be playing for.

3. February 13 – Boston Bruins

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Last year’s game against the Bruins at Rogers Arena had the best atmosphere of the entire season. I know 2011 is more than three years ago, but my hate for the Bruins is as strong as it has ever been. There’s no team that I want to beat more than Boston and no player that I want to boo louder than Brad Marchand.

4. March 14 – Toronto Maple Leafs

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Image: Toronto Maple Leafs

The Leafs are on my list every year, not because they’re good (although we can’t laugh at them anymore considering the plight of the Canucks) but because their fans make the game more entertaining. The verbal jousting in the stands makes the game far more exciting and the electricity in Rogers Arena usually extends on the ice surface as well.

5. February 7 – Pittsburgh Penguins

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Sidney Crosby has only played an NHL game in Vancouver three times during his career, and it’s always a must-see event when the best player in the world comes to town.

Here is the rest of the Canucks 2014-15 schedule:

DATE VISITOR HOME TIME (PT)
WED, 8 OCT 2014 CANUCKS FLAMES 7:00 PM
SAT, 11 OCT 2014 OILERS CANUCKS 7:00 PM
FRI, 17 OCT 2014 CANUCKS OILERS 6:30 PM
SAT, 18 OCT 2014 LIGHTNING CANUCKS 7:00 PM
TUE, 21 OCT 2014 CANUCKS STARS 5:30 PM
THU, 23 OCT 2014 CANUCKS BLUES 5:00 PM
FRI, 24 OCT 2014 CANUCKS AVALANCHE 6:00 PM
SUN, 26 OCT 2014 CAPITALS CANUCKS 7:00 PM
TUE, 28 OCT 2014 HURRICANES CANUCKS 7:00 PM
THU, 30 OCT 2014 CANADIENS CANUCKS 7:00 PM
SAT, 1 NOV 2014 CANUCKS OILERS 7:00 PM
SUN, 2 NOV 2014 PREDATORS CANUCKS 7:00 PM
TUE, 4 NOV 2014 CANUCKS AVALANCHE 6:00 PM
THU, 6 NOV 2014 CANUCKS SHARKS 7:30 PM
SAT, 8 NOV 2014 CANUCKS KINGS 7:00 PM
SUN, 9 NOV 2014 CANUCKS DUCKS 5:00 PM
TUE, 11 NOV 2014 SENATORS CANUCKS 7:00 PM
FRI, 14 NOV 2014 COYOTES CANUCKS 7:00 PM
WED, 19 NOV 2014 CANUCKS OILERS 5:00 PM
THU, 20 NOV 2014 DUCKS CANUCKS 7:00 PM
SUN, 23 NOV 2014 BLACKHAWKS CANUCKS 7:00 PM
TUE, 25 NOV 2014 DEVILS CANUCKS 7:00 PM
FRI, 28 NOV 2014 CANUCKS BLUE JACKETS 4:00 PM
SUN, 30 NOV 2014 CANUCKS RED WINGS 11:00 AM
TUE, 2 DEC 2014 CANUCKS CAPITALS 4:00 PM
THU, 4 DEC 2014 CANUCKS PENGUINS 4:00 PM
SAT, 6 DEC 2014 CANUCKS MAPLE LEAFS 4:00 PM
SUN, 7 DEC 2014 CANUCKS SENATORS 4:00 PM
TUE, 9 DEC 2014 CANUCKS CANADIENS 4:30 PM
SAT, 13 DEC 2014 RANGERS CANUCKS 7:00 PM
WED, 17 DEC 2014 STARS CANUCKS 7:00 PM
SAT, 20 DEC 2014 FLAMES CANUCKS 7:00 PM
MON, 22 DEC 2014 COYOTES CANUCKS 7:00 PM
SUN, 28 DEC 2014 CANUCKS DUCKS 5:00 PM
TUE, 30 DEC 2014 CANUCKS SHARKS 7:00 PM
THU, 1 JAN 2015 KINGS CANUCKS 7:00 PM
SAT, 3 JAN 2015 RED WINGS CANUCKS 7:00 PM
TUE, 6 JAN 2015 ISLANDERS CANUCKS 7:00 PM
THU, 8 JAN 2015 PANTHERS CANUCKS 7:00 PM
SAT, 10 JAN 2015 FLAMES CANUCKS 7:00 PM
TUE, 13 JAN 2015 CANUCKS PREDATORS 5:00 PM
THU, 15 JAN 2015 CANUCKS FLYERS 4:00 PM
FRI, 16 JAN 2015 CANUCKS HURRICANES 4:00 PM
MON, 19 JAN 2015 CANUCKS PANTHERS 4:30 PM
TUE, 20 JAN 2015 CANUCKS LIGHTNING 4:30 PM
TUE, 27 JAN 2015 DUCKS CANUCKS 7:00 PM
FRI, 30 JAN 2015 SABRES CANUCKS 7:00 PM
SUN, 1 FEB 2015 WILD CANUCKS 12:30 PM
TUE, 3 FEB 2015 JETS CANUCKS 7:00 PM
THU, 5 FEB 2015 SHARKS CANUCKS 7:00 PM
SAT, 7 FEB 2015 PENGUINS CANUCKS 7:00 PM
MON, 9 FEB 2015 CANUCKS WILD 5:00 PM
WED, 11 FEB 2015 CANUCKS BLACKHAWKS 5:00 PM
FRI, 13 FEB 2015 BRUINS CANUCKS 7:00 PM
SAT, 14 FEB 2015 CANUCKS FLAMES 7:00 PM
MON, 16 FEB 2015 WILD CANUCKS 7:00 PM
THU, 19 FEB 2015 CANUCKS RANGERS 4:00 PM
FRI, 20 FEB 2015 CANUCKS DEVILS 4:00 PM
SUN, 22 FEB 2015 CANUCKS ISLANDERS 3:00 PM
TUE, 24 FEB 2015 CANUCKS BRUINS 4:00 PM
THU, 26 FEB 2015 CANUCKS SABRES 4:00 PM
SUN, 1 MAR 2015 BLUES CANUCKS 7:00 PM
TUE, 3 MAR 2015 SHARKS CANUCKS 7:00 PM
THU, 5 MAR 2015 CANUCKS COYOTES 6:00 PM
SAT, 7 MAR 2015 CANUCKS SHARKS 7:00 PM
MON, 9 MAR 2015 DUCKS CANUCKS 7:00 PM
THU, 12 MAR 2015 KINGS CANUCKS 7:00 PM
SAT, 14 MAR 2015 MAPLE LEAFS CANUCKS 4:00 PM
TUE, 17 MAR 2015 FLYERS CANUCKS 7:00 PM
THU, 19 MAR 2015 BLUE JACKETS CANUCKS 7:00 PM
SAT, 21 MAR 2015 CANUCKS KINGS 1:00 PM
SUN, 22 MAR 2015 CANUCKS COYOTES 5:00 PM
TUE, 24 MAR 2015 JETS CANUCKS 7:00 PM
THU, 26 MAR 2015 AVALANCHE CANUCKS 7:00 PM
SAT, 28 MAR 2015 STARS CANUCKS 7:00 PM
MON, 30 MAR 2015 CANUCKS BLUES 5:00 PM
TUE, 31 MAR 2015 CANUCKS PREDATORS 5:00 PM
THU, 2 APR 2015 CANUCKS BLACKHAWKS 5:30 PM
SAT, 4 APR 2015 CANUCKS JETS 12:00 PM
MON, 6 APR 2015 KINGS CANUCKS 7:00 PM
THU, 9 APR 2015 COYOTES CANUCKS 7:00 PM
SAT, 11 APR 2015 OILERS CANUCKS 7:00 PM

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