The Vancouver Canucks played a perfectly reasonable road game against the Coyotes on Nov. 5 – it was slow, boring and mostly safe.
It’s hard to assess blame in a 3-2 shootout loss on the road but the game came down to a few minor errors.
Despite the loss, there were quite a few positive to come from the trip the desert. Ryan Kesler scored one of the nicest goals of the year on a perfect set-up from Henrik Sedin, a power play goal to boot.
I like moving Kesler high on the power play because it gives him some space and he has one of the best shots in the league.
Alexandre Burrows was flying out there today and he seems to be fitting in well on the second line with Chris Higgins and Mike Santorelli. They had good pressure on a number of shifts and even drew a penalty late in the game.
I like this Ed Willes in-game tweet.
One thing from tonght's game in Phoenix. If Burrows and Higgins play this well, it lets Torts keep Kesler with the twins.
— Ed Willes (@willesonsports) November 6, 2013
I also thought Roberto Luongo had a solid game in net and gave the Canucks the chance to win. Sure, he looked a little foolish on the Radim Vrbata shootout goal but no complaints on the goaltending tonight.
And is it just me or has Ryan Stanton been the best story for the Canucks so far this year?
He had three shots, a hit and a shot block today and he seems to always make the right decision out there. One of the more underrated aspects to Stanton is ability to make the first pass.
In fact, I’d like to see him get some PP time to see if the Canucks can catch tired or unaware players with long passes with the man advantage.
That being said, here are a few guys who didn’t impress very much against Phoenix:
Chris Tanev needs to make up his mind about blocking shots. The Coyotes first goal was entirely on him and he’s been screening Luongo and making bad decisions with shot blocking for a while now.
He was one of the few minus players on the Canucks tonight and his one shot attempt was just the weakest. ECHL level shot attempt I’ve seen in a while.
Sedins on the shootout
They played fine during regular game action but last night proved again why you should never EVER use the Sedins in the shootout. Henrik especially is just flat out awful and should never be considered again. I have no idea why Tortorella didn’t use Kassian or Richardson.
Hell, throw Dalpe in there – I guarantee he’d be better than Henrik.
I know everyone says it’s the shootout – who cares, but these are divisional points and it could end up costing the Canucks dearly in the long run.
Jeremy Welsh/Zac Dalpe
The thing that bothers me about these two guys is they’ve been with the big club for a while now when the Canucks could have been seeing what they have with Bo Horvat, Brendan Gaunce, or Hunter Shinkaruk.
These guys are bringing nothing to the table and in their limited time today were minus players.
At least if they were in the minors for the first several games they could have gained a little confidence before becoming bench warmers.
The West Coast road trip continues on Thursday when the Canucks try to survive in the Shark Tank.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in San Jose and live on Sportsnet-Vancouver.