The Vancouver Canucks will look to bounce back against the Phoenix Coyotes tonight after another tough game in California. The Canucks were beat down by the Ducks 9-1 last night in what was by far their worst game of the season, and remain in search of their first win of the road trip tonight in Phoenix.
Bruce Boudreau said it best in his post-game comments last night, the Ducks simply embarrassed the Canucks in last night’s drubbing. While the additional power play late in the game only added insult to injury it was clear the Ducks came to play last night while the Canucks remained in a daze after Monday’s “statement game” in Los Angeles. Tonight the Canucks need to focus on the task at hand and forget about their regrettable California adventure.
Playing with alongside a rotating cast of right wingers Henrik and Daniel Sedin have struggled over their last few games, generating only a single assist apiece over their last four contests. The Zac Dalpe experiment has been an utter failure, but regardless of who they’re playing with the team’s top stars need to step up after a brutal game last night in Anaheim. Look for the Sedins to lead tonight in a game the Canucks dearly need their captain to take charge.
Ryan Kesler has also struggled over his last few games carrying a four-game pointless drought into tonight’s contest with the Coyotes. While it was nice to see Kesler duke it out with future US Olympic teammate Dustin Brown the Canucks need points, not penalty minutes, as they look to salvage the road trip with a win.
Power Play Personnel
The Vancouver Canucks have a serious problem on the power play. After struggling to start the season the team has begun to mix up line combinations with little rhyme or reason, leading to a number of pathetic performances with the man advantage.
Look for the Canucks to mix it up once again in an effort to get something, anything, going against the Coyotes tonight.
While Monday’s game against the Kings was a highly contested affair, last night’s game against the Ducks was an undisciplined and out of control contest. The Canucks have earned 142 penalty minutes over their last two games but will have a chance to turn the page tonight free from the watchful eye of referee Paul Devorski. While it had no bearing on last night’s outcome, it is clear Devorski is not a big fan of at least one player on the Canucks’ bench.