January 17 2014 03:28PM
The Canucks wrapped up a road trip in which they scored just once in three games last night. I actively work to not listen to the alarmists anymore, but it's tough to ignore scoring woes of this magnitude. The Canucks did only get out-Corsi'd in close situations 59-55 in a three-game road trip that included one back-to-back and a game against one of the top possession teams in the NHL, so it's not awful. The 9-1 loss is, but the 1-0 losses that bookened the trip could have been worse. They played well and couldn't finish. That will happen.
The Canucks have 89 shots in the last three games and just one goal. The obvious inference is that a 1.1% shooting rate is unsustainable, and things will pick up, but you'd have to be braindead to think the Canucks will play out the year scoring fewer goals per game than [//checks Premiership table] Crystal Palace FC, but there is a problem brewing here, one that's been visible for years now: the Sedin twins are no longer young pups eager to destroy the league. They are hockey players, and like all hockey players, do not age like fine wine.
Daniel Sedin has just four points in eight games since the new year. Henrik Sedin has just five. That's not really my worry. My worry is that over the last two (half) seasons, Henrik is on pace for 67 points over 82 games.
January 17 2014 12:50PM
Admittedly, the outlook and dialogue on this blog has been pretty bleak lately. I guess that's what happens when the team your blog is devoted to goes through an injury-induced malaise; which includes 1 win in 9 games since December 30th, a -14 goal differential, one of the most embarrassing group performances imaginable, and having the same number of points for the season as the Minnesota Wild.
All that considered, the tone seems justified and the situation seems dire. But just as fast as things have spiraled out of control over the past few weeks, I think they can be restored. There are some very tangible reasons to expect this team to right the ship, which we'll get into right past the jump.
January 16 2014 11:46PM
I am told that there was a hockey game this Thursday night. I am also told that it was aired on Rogers Sportsnet Pacific at 6:00 PM Vancouver time. Well I am not sure about you guys, but when I sat in front of my television set at 6:00 PM Vancouver time, rapt with anticipation to witness the glorious spectacle that is an NHL hockey game, I did not get to witness a hockey game.
I was treated to watching paint dry for three whole, painful hours.
This game was just that bad. It was truly one of those hockey games that made you sit in your seat and question your very dedication to this fickle sport. I debated just turning the thing off and watching Japanese Macaques throw their feces at each other over on the Oasis channel at points during tonight's game, and in retrospect that probably would have been a better use of my time, but I ultimately decided against it so I could write tonight's postgame report. Now please do me a favour and read past the jump. I promise it won't be as boring as the 1-0 Canucks loss we all collectively witnessed.
January 16 2014 04:07PM
I'm going to refrain for starting this post off with the "things can only get better, right?" lede, because as we learned last night, that's not necessarily a given. I plugged yesterday's game against Anaheim like that, thinking that the Ducks couldn't possibly hand the Canucks a more one-sided butt whooping than the one they did back on January 5th..
.. but then they did. To the tune of an embarrassing 9-1 defeat. So I guess that was a lesson that you should never take your current situation for granted because it can always get worse. With all of that being said, there's some reason for optimism tonight. Olympic Diver Mike Smith has had a .900 save % performance just once in his last 7 starts, and the Coyotes as a team have reallly been sputtering as a result.
Just like the Canucks, they have only 1 win in the month of January. SOMETHING'S GOT TO GIVE! THE CANUCKS.. THE COYOTES.. A PACIFIC DIVISION RIVALRY GAME! GET. PUMPED.
January 16 2014 09:33AM
Courtesy of the Utica Comets
Welcome to this week's Canucks Weekly Prospect Report. In the past 7 days since we last looked at the landscape, the Comets earned their first point in nearly three weeks thanks to the #JensenTrain picking up some serious steam. Down in the Major Junior circuit there are a number of good success stories, while the NCAA is proving to be a boon; I wouldn't be surprised to see 1 or 2 NCAA players sign with the team this offseason.
As always, you can follow me @nuckprospects on Twitter for the latest in prospect news and feed free to send me any feedback on anything prospect related you wish me to cover.
Now, about those prospects..