Radim Vrbata

#17 RW / Vancouver Canucks / EXP: 13YRS Height: 6-1 Weight: 194 lb Age: 34 College: None

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      Canucks' Radim Vrbata: Scores twice in win

      Vrbata tallied twice, with one coming on the power play, in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Wild. After a very slow start to the season, Vrbata has start to make strides toward the production he put up last season. He is on a three-game point streak and has three goals and two assists in the last five games.

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      Canucks' Radim Vrbata: Will return Sunday

      Vrbata (groin) will return to the lineup Sunday against the Devils, Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province reports. Vrbata missed the last two games with what was termed a minor groin issue, but will slot back into the lineup Sunday. Sven Bartschi appears the likely candidate to sit in Vrbata's place, which would probably place the winger alongside Chris Higgins and Jared McCann on the third line.

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      Canucks' Radim Vrbata: Out Saturday

      Vrbata (groin) will not play Saturday against the Blackhawks, TSN 1040 reports. The groin injury has been deemed minor, but Vrbata will miss a second straight game, and his status for Sunday is uncertain. Brandon Prust's return from an ankle injury will boost Vancouver's depth along the wing.

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      Canucks' Radim Vrbata: Game-time decision Saturday

      Vrbata (groin) is considered a game-time decision for Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, Dan Murphy of Sportsnet reports. Vrbata ended up missing Wednesday's game against the the Jets because of the injury, but fortunately it appears the issue is relatively minor in nature. His status appears up in the air for Saturday's contest at this point, but it should be updated some time before the contest starts in the evening.

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      Canucks' Radim Vrbata: Out with minor groin issue

      Vrbata will miss Wednesday's game against the Jets with a minor groin tweak, The Province reports. It was a bit of a mystery why Vrbata didn't take part in the Canucks' morning skate, but now the reason behind his absence has been revealed. As a result of him missing the contest, the newly-recalled Alex Grenier will draw into the lineup in his place and is expected to slot in on the second line alongside Chris Higgins and Jared McCann. Vrbata's next chance to rejoin the lineup will come Saturday against the Blackhawks.

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      Canucks' Radim Vrbata: Snaps four-game pointless drought with assist

      Vrbata ended a four-game pointless drought with an assist in Thursday's loss to Ottawa. Vrbata has been taken off the top line with the Sedin twins and is now skating on the second line with Bo Horvat. While the veteran sits among the top-five leaders in the shots on goal department, he logged just 14:48 of ice time Thursday and is sporting a nasty minus-9 rating. Vrbata is stuck on three goals and seven points in 17 games thus far, but as long as he keeps shooting, the goals will follow. Just don't expect numbers such as the 31 goals and 63 points he posted in his first season with Vancouver.

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      Canucks' Radim Vrbata: Scores third goal in four games

      Vrbata netted a third-period goal and fired four shots on goal in Thursday's loss to Dallas. After a slow start, Vrbata has heated up, scoring three goals in his last four games. We knew he was too good to stay quiet for long. The 34-year-old sits sixth in the NHL with a whopping 39 shots on goal and is currently skating on the top line and first power-play unit with the Sedin twins. Considering his linemates and the fact he never passes up an attempt to shoot, the Czech sniper should have no trouble delivering more production.

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      Canucks' Radim Vrbata: Will play on top line Thursday

      Vrbata will play alongside the Sedin brothers on the Canucks' top line Thursday against the Capitals, Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun reports. Head coach Willie Desjardins told reporters Tuesday that he was reluctant to "load up" the top line, but has decided to do so in hopes it will help Vrbata break out of his early-season slump. Vrbata, who racked up 63 points (31 goals, 32 assists) in 79 games last season, has yet to record a single point through the first six games of the season. Skating alongside the dynamic Sedin duo should improve his chances of producing in the offensive end.

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      Canucks' Radim Vrbata: Held pointless through first four games

      Vrbata has been held pointless through four games so far this season. While Vrbata may not be factoring in on he scorehseet, the 34-year-old is leading the NHL with 18 shots on goal and came through in the clutch with a beautiful shootout goal against the Ducks on Tuesday. The Czech sniper potted 31 goals last season and with the frequency he shoots the puck at, it's only a matter of time before he finds twine. Skating on the second line and playing on the top power-play unit, Vrbata is due to start producing points very soon.

    • Held goalless in preseason

      News: Radim Vrbata nabbed an assist in Sunday's preseason finale win over the Oilers. He finishes exhibition play with no goals and two helpers in four games.
      Analysis: It was a fairly quiet preseason for Radim Vrbata, who churned out 31 goals during his first season in Vancouver. Don't read too much into his preseason play, though, as coach Willie Desjardins was experimenting with different line combinations and Vrbata didn't have much of a chance to settle in. He'll play in a top-six role this season and should land alongside the Sedin twins on the power play once again. Considering Vrbata racked up 12 power-play goals, seven game-winning goals and 267 shots on goal in 2014-15, the Czech sniper should be owned in almost every fantasy format this season.
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