November really took its toll on a Canucks team that looked prepped to join the NHL’s elite for the first few weeks of the season. The team went 5-7-4 in November, and aside from the power play, not much went their way. What do you think is ailing the Canucks and how would you fix it?
I’m going out on a limb and I’ll say they’re a playoff team, barely, but they will be. With that comes struggles, slumps and random streaks.
Scoring will be up and down this year but it looks like their goaltending will decide a lot. Bo Horvat is a big reason they haven’t jumped to the next level as he isn’t driving play but joining it.
Add to that the only people scoring are on the top line and you have a few things not going your way.
Roussel is going to help Bo and I think Ferland will get his step back. I don’t believe Ferland has been 100% yet and it will take a good month being back to see what he can do.
Drop some ice times down for Bo and Edler and stop bringing PP2 our first.
Also, give Tim Schaller more love.
As much as it may pain some to say it, the Canucks are a better team with Brandon Sutter and Jay Beagle in the lineup. The ability to close out games is lost on the Canucks young group, and while it’s easy to make the injury excuse year after year, the Canucks are losing two of the final pieces of their puzzle. I expect them to have a big bounce back month of December, but am wary of what lies ahead in January and February.