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Canucks Army Post-Game: Failure to Launch

Adam Lowry Scores Go-Ahead Goal Late to Bury Canucks for a 2-1 Jets Win

Running on the high of Saturday’s victory and all the fanfare it engendered, the Canucks visited the MTS Centre to face the Winnipeg Jets and conclude their Central Division swing.

For the fourth straight game, Vancouver opened the scoring, as an innocuous looking Alexander Edler point shot bounced off Jets defenceman Josh Morrisey and past the Jets netminder Michael Hutchinson. That goal came near the end of the first frame; as did Troy Stecher’s exit from tonight’s game with an upper-body injury. Hockey giveth and hockey taketh.

The Canucks went into something of a shell from that point. Winnipeg controlled the shot clock at even strength and the power play alike, peppering Vancouver netminder Ryan Miller with shots from the slot and home plate area that we often associate with high-danger scoring chances.

Eventually, the levy broke. Matthieu Perrault put the Jets on the board just over halfway through the second frame with a laser of a shot on the man advantage, and Adam Lowry scored the go-ahead goal with just over eight minutes left in the final frame.

Hutchinson shut the door from that point, securing the 2-1 victory for the hometown team. Miller stopped 30 of the 32 Jets’ shots; Hutchinson stopped 28 of 29 Canucks tries. Vancouver finishes the Central Division portion of this road trip 2-2-0.

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Quick Hits

  • I thought both goaltenders played well tonight. For Hutchinson, who entered the night with a .900 Sv%, that’s a departure from the norm; for Miller, perhaps less so — he’s been great. At five-on-five, Corsica.Hockey’s expected goals model suggests the Jets should have scored 3.2 goals. If you expand the sample to all situations, that number is closer to 4. I don’t think Miller stood a chance on either of the two goals that the Jets beat him with and lord knows they should’ve scored many more.
  • Tonight was a mixed bag for the #PlayTheKids movement. On the one hand, Reid Boucher played close to fifteen minutes; on the other, Nikolay Goldobin played barely a hair over ten. You can’t win them all, I guess? What really irked me was Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins’ refusal to play the kids as the stakes increased in tonight’s game. Isn’t that the exact kind of learning experience the Canucks should be trying to pass onto the next wave? By the third period, Desjardins took Goldobin off the third line to make room for Drew Shore. Then with about six minutes left, none of Goldobin, Boucher or Brock Boeser played.

  • I don’t get why Michael Chaput is playing with the Sedin twins. It makes no sense. I get that options are at an all-time low, but in a world where Golbobin is taking shifts on the fourth line, maybe they have more options than we give credit. If the Canucks are set on attaching a fourth liner to the Sedins hips, then all the power to them I guess. But if Desjardins is coaching to win, and I think that is very much the case here, then what messed up reason is there for having Chaput out with two minutes left, down a goal and the net empty.

  • So apparently Boucher and Boeser aren’t going to be the Canucks’ offensive go-to players every night. That’s okay. It’s worth noting, though, that both players were the Canucks’ leaders tonight in individual expected goals according to the Corsica.Hockey model (Boucher with 0.28 and Boeser 0.21). I didn’t think Boucher looked especially threatening at any point, but I thought Boeser had a couple of good chances. Boeser’s best opportunity came with the man advantage in the second. The Canucks have Boeser playing in Brandon Sutter’s place as the right-handed shot in the slot. He had one opportunity stopped by a sprawled out Hutchinson. It was going wide anyway, but it was a good chance all the same.
  • I was surprised to see Stecher leave the game after taking that Brandon Tanev hit in the first. It looked innocent enough. Perhaps Tanev caught him in a bad spot? Whatever the case, it sounds like it could be a while before Stecher returns to the Canucks lineup. We’re at the time of the year where that means we might not see him until next season. Fingers crossed that isn’t the case. Stecher’s had one hell of a season.

  • Tonight was a good night for #TeamTank. The Canucks lost in regulation, and the Devils landed a point. I don’t think there’s any catching the Arizona Coyotes for 29th, so let’s let go of that pipe dream. It’s all about the Devils now. They’re only two points ahead of New Jersey after tonight and each are stuck at 75 games. Dare to dream.

  • Killer Marmot

    By the third period, Desjardins took Goldobin off the third line to make room for Drew Shore.

    I don’t mind that. The Canucks are almost certainly trying to decide whether to resign Shore at the end of this season.

  • Moneyball

    If team tank is the plan, then we are looking at a rebuild. About time, however the sedins must be dumped for picks so that there is som talent to build with. Anther brutal game for the sedins last night, tough to watch them being a sliver of what they were just a few years ago.

      • east_van_joe

        This is also why trading Edler is a pipe-dream. None of the three has even so much as begun to hint that they want to go anywhere else. NTCs have both good and bad elements.

    • truthseeker

      The rebuild started 3 years ago. Not sure what you’re talking about.

      And there is nothing we could get in a trade that is more valuable than what the twins already give us.

    • Van94

      Good luck with that “dump the Sedins for picks” plan. The Sedins are, as you know, undumpable. JB will have to be patient on that one. A buyout is possible but unlikely.

  • TD

    I don’t think Goldobin or Boucher would be good with the Sedins. They need a defensively responsible player who can get in a retrieve pucks. They can’t carry a line and need that type of assistance to have any possession in the offensive end.

    I don’t understand Sutter out with the goalie pulled. That is the perfect time to get Goldobin or Boucher on the ice for the experience (and probably a better chance of tying the game). I imagine Boeser got less time because of his schedule. He will have played 3 1/2 games in 3 days to go along with the whirlwind of signing and playing in his hometown. I don’t want to see him injured and thought he probably should not have even played today.

  • truthseeker

    I’d rather the team win and the kid’s confidence grow, than worry about getting that extra 1.8% chance at the top pick.

    It’s funny that stat geeks go all bonkers over corsi and zone starts and blah blah blah….but then think that a 1.8% difference actually matters in a lottery. lol.

    Realists accept that we will pick 6th or 7th in this years draft. That is what should be planned around. If we happen to get lucky then we do.

    People with pipe dreams of Nolan Patrick, are the same types who’s retirement plans are based on 6/49 purchases.

  • DogBreath

    Its still early, but looking for Golbobin to show us something (beyond his initial goal). He’s supposed to be a talented offensive guy, but in the games I haven’t seen him create much offensive (individually or by setting up others). If he’s more of an offensive one-dimensional player, he’ll need to create because coaches (WD or others) won’t give him much rope. He’ll need to earn it by creating offensive.