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Wake me up when October ends.
It’s been a month of one step forward and two steps back for the Vancouver Canucks as the team struggles to find the regular season form they’ve perfected so well over the past couple of years.
You may have heard the excuse about the typical horrible October starts but it’s a lot harder to flip that switch when every team is getting up for your games this season.
Remember when Pittsburgh lost to Detroit in the finals in 2008 and slumped out the gate the following season? Alain Vigneault might.
1. Young Americans – It was unfortunately the highlight of the line’s night, but Rogers Arena going with Bowie’s “Young Americans” as David Booth, Ryan Kesler, and Chris Higgins stepped onto the ice for the first time was a nice touch.
Higgins soon found himself off that line in favour of Cody Hodgson, proving AV may not have a lot of credit or interest for the American Express line.
2. Alex Sulzer – The offseason signing, shockingly from Florida, drew into the lineup and looked as decent as one could in a 3-0 snoozer. The ginger defenceman will be right at home in the Canucks locker room.
3. Pierre Lebrun was at the game and revealed in an interesting tidbit that should intrigue fans.
Lebrun believes that when the next CBA is negotiated this summer the NHL will allow a buy-out window that won’t count against the cap similar to what was offered during the implentation of the CBA in 2005.
I think you can guess who this might refer to.
1. Alex Steen – The Steen Dream has probably inherited the title of the ultimate Canucks killer from Milan Hejduk in recent years, as it just wouldn’t be a game against the Blues without a Steen score.
He had two in this game and will probably have another two next game.
The Blues would be wise to hire a hyponist to convince Steen he’s playing the Canucks every game.
2. Brian Elliott – The Canucks offense was shut out for the third time this year, continuing the trend from the Finals.
Being shutout by Lundqvist is understandable, by Jimmy Howard tolerable, but Elliott?
That’s just embarrassing. Will somebody please step up and put the puck in the net.
3. The start – The Canucks gave up the first goal for the eighth time in 10 games, trailed after a period for the ninth time this year, and trailed going into the third for the seventh time.
For a team that had an .837 winning percentage last year when scoring the first goal that’s simply not good enough and inductive of their lack of a full 60 min effort this year.
Even their convincing 5-1 win over Nashville the other week was over after the first and required just 20 minutes of effort.
The Canucks are back in action Saturday night against Ovechkin and the Caps.
I’m looking forward to it, I guess.