Canucks Blame Game: To Live and Die in LA

Nucks no-show in City of Angels

It’s never a good sign when the most noticeable forward on the ice is Tom Sestito.

The play of the fourth line bruiser and the strong return of Roberto Luongo to the crease were about the only positives to come out of the Canucks 3-1 loss to the LA Kings on Saturday.

It’s a similar storyline that’s been playing out all year when the Canucks take on any of the California teams. Vancouver is now 1-5-2 against teams from the Golden State and they’ve only managed 12 goals in those eight games.

The disappointing thing about this game is another wasted effort from Luongo. This was the best he’d looked in years in those first two periods and the Canucks really should have been out of the game by the second period. He faced 49 shots and was under siege for the majority of the game.

It’s never a good sign when the most noticeable forward on the ice is Tom Sestito.

It’s never a good sign when the most noticeable forward on the ice is Tom Sestito.

No, the goaltending wasn’t a problem but yet again it was the Canucks anemic offense. Two goals usually isn’t enough to win and while it was nice to see Ryan Kesler finally end his goal less streak, the Canucks best players were nowhere near at their best.

Here’s who disappeared in Tinseltown on Saturday –

The Sedins

As is often the case, the Sedins no-showed in California. Henrik and Daniel were both -2 and were key parts of a brutal power play that scored earlier but did absolutely nothing after that. Henrik had a grand total of zero shots against the Kings and hasn’t scored since Dec. 14.

Daniel had the game on his stick but came away with a chance almost as brutal as that shootout chance against Philly a few days ago.

Of course, John Tortorella is doing the Sedins no favours by continuing to pair them with Jannik Hansen. This combination has never worked and never will and it makes no sense why they’re ever put together. Hansen is a fine third liner and penalty killer – that’s it.

It’s time to put Zack Kassian with the twins and see what happens.

Jason Garrison

Garrison made the atrocious defensive error that cost the Canucks two points and was shaky all night in an ugly pairing with Kevin Bieksa. He was outhustled and then turned inside out by Dwight King but the positioning of Bieksa was also curious – why on Earth did he seemingly follow Garrison into the corner?

Garrison was also a team worst -3 and let’s hope these two are never on the ice at the same time again… ever.

Mike Santorelli

Everyone has loved the Santorelli story – local kid signed to a two way contract, makes an impact for the home team, blah blah. He’s now scored one goal in his last 11 games and he needs to produce more with the amount of ice time he receives. He played almost 20 minutes and didn’t generate a single shot against the Kings. Like Hansen, he’s been miscast on this offensively soft Canucks team.

He’s a third liner and playing just way too much and not doing enough.

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