Home is where the heart is
For a team that was built for balance and depth across the lineup, I would have thought the Canucks’ play would be more consistent. As we all know, the first 30 games have shown otherwise.
The Canucks are a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.
It’s typically believed that a homestand as long as the 8-game one the Canucks are starting tonight isn’t necessarily a good thing. Especially during this holiday season when all the family festivities can be good and distracting at the same time.
But in the Canucks’ case, an extended homestand might be just what the doctor ordered. Like Sean said, “this is their big chance to get on a roll and figure out what it takes to win consistently”.
Quite simply, the Canucks are much, much better in the cozy confines of GM Place.
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At home, they score more and get scored on less. Their powerplay is more potent and penalty-kill is more effective. They draw more penalties and take less. Add this all up and the Canucks, amazingly (considering their position in the standings), possess the 4th best home record in the NHL. They’ve taken 71% of the available points at home (20 of a possible 28 points at home), only behind Chicago (25 of 32 points, 78%), Washington (21 of 28 points, 75%), Minnesota (19 of 26 points, 73%), and tied with San Jose (20 of 28 points, 71%).
Road warriors, the Canucks are not; but at least, for the next 16 days, they’re at home where their heart is.