Stop the Sedins, beat the Canucks
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We’re 6 games into the 2013/2014 regular season, and already, it seems like, on offense, not much has changed for the Vancouver Canucks. That is, the Canucks are still unable to generate much on offense. And what little offense they generate is usually generated by the Sedins.
Consider this: Henrik Sedin’s goal, which tied the game late in the second period against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, was only the Canucks’ 5th goal in 3 games.
Consider this as well: 4 of these 5 goals were scored or assisted by Henrik or brother Daniel.
In fact, of the Canucks’ 17 goals this season, 10 were scored while the Sedins were on the ice, and Henrik or Daniel scored or assisted on 9 of them.
This isn’t a new phenomenom either.
En route to being swept by the San Jose Sharks in the 2013 playoffs, the Canucks only managed to score 8 goals in 4 games and the twins had a hand in 4 – half – of those goals.
In the last month of last season, a span of 13 games, the Canucks scored 34 goals and the Sedins were involved in 17 of them.
Against the Los Angeles Kings in the 2012 playoffs, the Canucks scored 8 goals in 5 games and the twins either scored, assisted or were on the ice for 6 of those 8 goals.
I think you get the point by now.
There was some optimism at the start of this season that a healthy Ryan Kesler, an injection of youth, and a more aggressive approach would help. Except two weeks into the season, Kesler isn’t the highest scoring Ryan on the team (defenseman Ryan Stanton has 3 points to Kes’ lone point); and the youth, Bo Horvat, Brendan Gaunce and Hunter Shinkaruk, are piling on points back in junior and not in the NHL.
I realize it doesn’t help that Alex Burrows (injured), Jordan Schroeder (injured) and Zack Kassian (suspension) haven’t played much this season. And I know Kesler and David Booth missed most of last season as well. But these don’t change that this is a long-standing problem, and the fact is, the Canucks haven’t had much scoring depth, outside the Sedins, for almost 2 years now.
As it stands, it’s too easy to beat the Canucks these days: stop the Sedins, beat the Canucks.