Better late than never, right?
It’s been 12 days since I said I would deliver part two of the Canucks at 20 games. Fast forward 12 days and 6 games later (two of which I was at, one of those I don’t remember that much of) and we’ve got the Canucks after 26 games.
Since part 1 went online the Canucks have played six games and won only once. Luckily for your old pal Mitch, that was a game I was at and one that I sort of remember. The Canucks showed up, they played hard and beat the Columbus Bluejackets 6-2.
They showed that they could still score, or so we thought. The following night the Canucks hosted the Chicago Blackhawks. They played hard and goalie Roberto Luongo had a great game. But there was 9 seconds where they lost control and it cost them the game.
Monday night the Los Angeles Kings were in town.
The Canucks allowed the first goal but managed to battle back and take a 2-1 lead before the Kings tied the game with less than five minutes to go.
The Canucks would go on to lose 3-2 in overtime.
What? Me worry?
In the last 11 games, the Canucks have scored more than two goals twice. When you have guys on the roster who can put the puck in the net and aren’t, it becomes a cause for concern.
I could probably go through the roster and pick out more than a few players worthy of being here, but there are two that I singled out.
You’re all going to hate me.
How much longer is Alex Burrows going to need to shake off the rust? $4.5 million dollars is a lot of money for a good work ethic and solid effort. I know he’s getting his chances, but he needs to bury them.
There is an awful lot of money tied up there for a player, who, in my opinion, isn’t playing up to snuff.
But hey, he scored those two goals in 2011, right?
I hope that at least a few of you made an audible groan when reading that. Remember the expectations coming into the season? I know I do.
Zack Kassian has been frustrating to watch all season. Flashes of brilliance coupled with prolonged periods of looking lost and like nothing more than a fourth liner.
Horrible defensive plays and being playing under 10 minutes a night. This probably isn’t the player Mike Gillis imagined he was getting when he traded for Kassian in 2012.
I could go on and on, but I’d probably start to puke coat hangers.
A long way to go
It feels like the Canucks have barely scratched the surface on the 13-14 season, but here we are, a quarter of the way through.
What comes next?
Is Mike Gillis going to ride it out and hope that his gifted core of players can pull through and start to string together wings?
Or does he make a move, a big one that sees the team bring in a sniper, a natural goal scorer? Who knows? I’d bet the former.
Maybe we’re all just blowing things out of proportion?
Even so, I’ll leave you with this to think about: The Canucks are on pace right now to score 211 goals. The last time they scored less than that was in 2007-08.
The last time they missed the playoffs.
Here’s hoping this is just a slump and things improve.