The Vancouver Canucks proved in Chicago that while consistency may not be the name of their game so far this season, they are still one of the most offensively skilled teams in the NHL.
Last week’s back-to-back losses to the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues were sloppy and inconsistent efforts from Vancouver, but were quickly forgotten following the Canucks’ commanding 6-2 win Sunday over the Blackhawks.
Vancouver took advantage of plentiful power play opportunities and a Blackhawks’ blueline missing Duncan Keith in an all-too easy win over the weekend.
With such a surplus of skill in the lineup, the Canucks were able to erupt for five goals on the man advantage in only six opportunities, lifting the team to victory despite serious struggles lately at even strength.
The Canucks were outscored a total of 9-3 at even strength over the course of their last three games and sit 23rd in the NHL at 5-on-5 as a team so far this season.
Around the Rink
While on the road, the Canucks are just like any other group of weary travelers. Boredom at airports and hotels can hit hard, and society’s obsession with Social Media has permeated to the portable phones of several Vancouver skaters.
In the Infirmary
Mason Raymond skated alongside his teammates for the first time in months and was welcomed with the honour of leading stretches in his return to the rink Wednesday after a summer of rehab dating back to last year’s Stanley Cup Finals. While Raymond remains a ways away from fully returning to the lineup, skating with the Canucks is a big first step for the speedy winger.
“It feels good to be back and kind of be on the team schedule,” Raymond told Iain Macintyre Wednesday.
Aaron Rome’s return to the lineup Sunday had his teammates in a teasing mood during some free time in California earlier this week. Rome took advantage of some rare power play time and blasted a point shot past Cory Crawford during Sunday’s victory over the Blackhawks, earning some special harassment from Keslurkers and friends.
Rome could receive more ice-time with the man advantage while Sami Salo remains out of the lineup with a sore groin. Salo is listed as day-to-day along with Alex Burrows who left last week’s game against the Blues with back spasms.
In The Community
On November 17 at the Coast Capri Hotel, retired Vancouver Canucks Team Captain Trevor Linden will be the guest speaker at the Gentlemen’s Charity Dinner in support of Big Brothers and Big Sisters. As well, there is a host of other activities that help make the evening a night to remember.
While the dinner is no longer the sole source of funding, it still plays a major role in the ability of the organization to operate and also offers a chance for the business community to come together.
Tickets are available on-line, click here, or by calling 250-765-2661.