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The Vancouver Canucks are off to one of their best starts ever.Canuck fans have suffered four years without seeing their team in the playoffs.The Nucks are 15-8-5 with 35 points.Markus Naslund has taken over the leadership role with the departure of Mark Messier.Naslund has 18 goals and 31 points so far this season.Backup Bob Essensa is also off to a hot start.Essensa has 8 wins and just a single loss this year backing up Felix Potvin.Potvin will have to start playing good though because Essensa has a tendency of slacking off in the second half of the season.

Next up for the Canucks
Friday in San Jose
7:30,sportsnet

Sunday in L.A.
7:30,VTV

Current Roadtrip
Dec.6
Vancouver 1 at Phoenix 1
Phoenix scored in the first period on an unassisted goal by Shane Doan.Former Canuck Sean Burke,with help from his post had a great game.Burke couldnt stop Brendan Morrison in the third though.

Last Homestand
Nov.28
Anaheim at Vancouver
Matty Ohlund had a succesful return to the lineup as he helped the canucks defeat the ducks chipping in with a goal.Naslund,Bertuzzi and Henrick Sedin also added goals.

Nov.30
Montreal 4 at Vancouver 3
Naslund and Schaeffers goals werent enough to stop the Canadiens.Montreal defeated a canuck team that was missing Daniel Sedin.

Dec.2
Oilers 2 at Canucks 5
Trent Klatt netted a pair and Brent Sopel,Andrew Cassels and Todd Bertuzzi each added a goal as the nucks dumped their division rivals,the Edmonton Oilers.Backup Bob was solid as he backed the nucks to a 5-2 victory

Dec.5
Nashville 3 at Vancouver 6
The canucks offense exploded again.Markus Naslund led his team to victory with two goals.Essensa got the win as he started back to back games for the second time this year.

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