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Canucks blame game – Chicago outlasts Vancouver 2-1

Offensive woes continue for Canucks

In nine quick seconds the Vancouver Canucks dropped two points to Chicago and continued what has been a terrible November for the team.

And the scary thing is, the Canucks aren’t playing that bad – they just can’t score.

The only offense the team managed to muster was a Ryan Kesler goal on a two man advantage in the first period. The Hawks, playing without superstar Marian Hossa, controlled most of the game but it was Roberto Luongo who stood on his head to hang on to that slim cushion for most of the game.

Luongo fell apart in the third period and the second goal in particular was a pretty weak one. Corey Crawford outplayed Luongo (again) but the Canucks were in this game, they just have zero offense.

One of the more interesting sub plots to the Hawks game was the benching of Zack Kassian. It was a brutal game for #9, as his defensive zone coverage just isn’t good enough for the NHL.

Tortorella glued him to the bench after a terrible shift in the second period and he played just over four minutes in the game.

Can this guy be salvaged?

A guy like Kassian isn’t to blame for tonight but these guys definitely are:

Alex Burrows

It turned out to be another game with zero production from Burrows.

For what Hamhuis is being paid he isn’t giving the Canucks enough on either end of the rink.

For what Hamhuis is being paid he isn’t giving the Canucks enough on either end of the rink.

It’s starting to get a little scary for this guy, as he has no goals in 13 games and has the team’s second worst plus minus rating. Sure, he’s trying out there but he needs to produce for the amount of time he’s receiving.

On a side note, anyone else concerned about Burrows contract? He’s got three more years at a $4.5 million cap hit and isn’t getting any better. Could turn out to be a pretty ugly deal for the Canucks if this guy can’t step up.

Dan Hamhuis

All summer long we were hearing about how Dam Hamhuis should be considered for Team Canada for the 2014 Olympics – can that talk please stop?

Watching a guy like Duncan Keith play last night is proof of just how far away Hamhuis is from wearing the red and white.

For most of the year he’s looked uncomfortable and awkward with the puck and that happened a handful of times last night. I remember the crowd gasping as Hamhuis cut in front of his own net (something you’re taught when you’re 6) and almost turning it over.

He had two giveaways last night and for what he’s being paid isn’t giving the Canucks enough on either end of the rink. I still have no idea why he’s being used on the power play – keep him away from that situation.

Daniel Sedin

He got a gift assist on the Canucks only goal but aside from that was completely invisible, especially when the team needed him.

Daniel had one shot on goal in over 25 minutes (including 3:37 of power play time) and that’s just not good enough.

Toews and Kane were noticeable the entire game and had genuine scoring chances, the only time Daniel had a sniff was on the power play.

The Sedins sure enjoy playing against Columbus, Edmonton and Calgary but when the Canucks need them the most they have shied away far too much this season. Daniel has two goals this month and his lack of production is disturbing.

The 6-2 over the Blue Jackets was the exception not the rule and the Canucks preyed on a brutal Columbus team led by the one year wonder Sergei Bobrovsky.

When Jeremy Welsh scores a goal, you know it’s been a long night for the opposition.

And it doesn’t get any easier for Vancouver as the Los Angeles Kings come to town on Monday. The Canucks will either face the hottest goalie in the league in Ben Scrivens or a Conn Smythe winner in Jonathon Quick.

In other words, definitely betting the “under” for Canucks goals scored.

Face off is set for 7 p.m. on Sportsnet.

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