Many of us probably expect a slight hangover for the Vancouver Canucks after last season’s deep playoff run. But four losses in the first six games?
Being outscored 20-14?
It seems a bit excessive and begs the question: who is to blame for the Canucks’ ugly start?
1. IS IT ROBERTO LUONGO? The “Louuu” chants have quickly changed to “boooo” this season.
Luongo has a 3.70 goals against average and .856 save percentage. Against the Rangers last night, he allowed three goals on six shots during a hellish nine-minute stretch in the third period.
2. IS IT THE SEDIN TWINS? I wouldn’t say so. Henrik and Daniel each have seven points in six games.
They and Alex Burrows have two goals each; the first line is a combined +7 and has scored six of the team’s 14 goals.
3. IS IT ALAIN VIGNEAULT? You could make a case that Vigneault should shoulder blame for the slow start for not properly preparing his team to bounce back from a short offseason.
4. IS IT VANCOUVER’S SECONDARY SCORING? Lines 2-4 have scored just eight goals this season – actually, it’s less than that, as Sami Salo and Keith Ballard have totalled three.
This is not cutting it. Not getting it done. No matter how you look at it.
To me, Ryan Kesler’s return bodes very well for all this finger-pointing.
He should get the secondary scoring going, which should keep the puck in opposing teams’ ends more often, which should settle Luongo down.