Mar 112009
 

Before the Canucks/Kings game on Monday, I went on Jacked In With Jessica (Kelowna AM 1150) and noted the Kings’ very good powerplay and the Canucks’ very lousy penalty-kill. That night, of course, the Canucks allowed 2 powerplay goals against en route to a 3-2 loss. The loss itself didn’t bother me; after all, they had to lose at some point. Their special teams play, however, may be cause for concern.

Lately, the Canucks have had a bad habit of letting in a PPGA or two or three. Since January 1st, they’ve allowed a PPGA in 20 of their 26 games and their PK rate is a woeful 72.9% (29 PPGA/107 TS). If they’re serious about making a lengthy postseason run, it’s certainly an area in which they need to improve.

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If the Canucks were scoreboard watching last night, they would have been pleased with the results. The Flames and the Stars lost in regulation; the Wild, Oilers and Predators lost in OT; only the Jackets and Blues posted wins.

They’re still 6 points up on 9th place Minnesota, but perhaps more significantly, they’ve crept to within 5 points of 4th place Chicago (Chicago has a game-in-hand) and 8 points of Northwest Division-leading Calgary (Calgary has played 2 more games).

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Was I the only one annoyed at all the talk yesterday that the Canucks – after one loss to the Kings – play down to the level of their opponent and can’t beat teams worse than they are in the standings?

The Canucks suffered only their 3rd loss in 15 games. When they lost, only the Kings had a worse record than they did. Meanwhile, their 12 wins include wins against illustrious teams such as the Blues, Coyotes, Senators, Leafs, Lightning and Wild.

It’s one loss, people. Let’s talk again if they blow the next 3 against the Ducks, Kings and Avalanche.

  • http://frankewert.wordpress.com Frank

    Yeah, Willes’s article is more than a little absurd. My favorite part is

    “Now this team has probably earned the benefit of the doubt over the last seven weeks and two crummy periods does not a crisis make. But, geez Louise, it makes you wonder because good teams rarely have those kind of lulls against bottom feeders.”

    If memory serves me right, Detroit, Boston, and San Jose’s recent history has included some lacklustre play against far lesser teams. I wonder what Willes would say about those teams?

  • http://frankewert.wordpress.com Frank

    Yeah, Willes’s article is more than a little absurd. My favorite part is

    “Now this team has probably earned the benefit of the doubt over the last seven weeks and two crummy periods does not a crisis make. But, geez Louise, it makes you wonder because good teams rarely have those kind of lulls against bottom feeders.”

    If memory serves me right, Detroit, Boston, and San Jose’s recent history has included some lacklustre play against far lesser teams. I wonder what Willes would say about those teams?

  • http://canuckshockeyblog.com J.J. Guerrero

    The funny thing is, the Canucks’ record is way better against teams below them in the standings than teams in the top 4. (I posted on this last week.) Isn’t that why the San Jose game was considered a benchmark game?

  • http://canuckshockeyblog.com J.J. Guerrero

    The funny thing is, the Canucks’ record is way better against teams below them in the standings than teams in the top 4. (I posted on this last week.) Isn’t that why the San Jose game was considered a benchmark game?

  • Ramzi

    i agree i was annoyed! i just there is so much negativity with our fans… it’s getting old!

  • Ramzi

    i agree i was annoyed! i just there is so much negativity with our fans… it’s getting old!

  • Ramzi

    i agree i was annoyed! i just think there is so much negativity with our fans… it’s getting old!

  • Ramzi

    i agree i was annoyed! i just think there is so much negativity with our fans… it’s getting old!

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