Here we are, at almost exactly the halfway point of the season, and our beloved Vancouver Canucks have yet to win 4 straight games this season. Mind you, I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised considering it took them 40 games to get their first loser point of the year.
The truth is, I don’t think the Canucks deserved to win tonight; they were outworked and outmuscled by a game Coyotes team. I don’t know if the Coyotes defense was that good or if the Canucks just weren’t aggresive enough. Maybe it’s the former and we should stop underrating the 4th best team in the Western Conference. (You know, the same Phoenix team that is just 2 points back of the Stanley Cup favorite San Jose Sharks.)
Now, the positive.
The Canucks did get their first loser point of the year and are now only 3 points back of the Colorado Avalanche for 1st place in the Northwest Division. If you think about it, the Canucks have earned 7 of the last available 8 points. And since the start of December, they have a 9-4-1 record and have earned 19 of a possible 28 points (68%).
Despite their ups and downs in this first half of the season, the Canucks have at least proven to be able to bounce back well from losses. Since November, they’ve lost consecutive games only twice (3 losses in a row from Nov. 6 to 12, and back-to-back losses on Dec. 5 and 8). IMHO, it’s a sign that they’re playing reasonably well. By being able to win 2 of every 3 games or 3 of every 4, not being able to win 4 games in a row hasn’t hurt them as much.
Sure it’d be nice to have an extended win streak, but for now the Canucks are at least getting points. And after tonight, even loser ones.