Canucks Brunch- I Think I'm Gonna Hertl

Please Hammer, hurt him. Not seriously. Just a little. - Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Yeah, yeah. The rookie's had a hell of a first week or so. Let's not kid ourselves though, the Canucks have to be a little more concerned about the sum of those parts than any particular one. 10 straight losses to any team is unacceptable, but to a divisional rival? The first real test of the John Tortorella era comes tonight, as the Canucks get a chance to show how they've adapted to what the Sharks did last time around.

Waynes-world-no-honk-guarantee-garth-image-04_medium

via 3.bp.blogspot.com

"Tonight's game comes with a 'No Hertl guarantee'. But if you must, Hertl in this..."

It's such a strange word, isn't it?  Adapt.  As Canucks fans we simply didn't have to use it much with Alain Vigneault behind the bench.  What we see with this team now is not just a game by game adjustment, but in game tweaks from the coach that actually seem to address what's happening in the game.  We've seen the Sedins split up.  We've seen players get bumped UP a line or two as a reward for strong play.  And we've seen line juggling that seemed to move players into specific spots to address in-game issues.  That, and post-game conferences where the coach actually says what's going right and wrong with this team are the new order in Canuckville, and while it's still taking some getting used to, it feels pretty damn good.

Now obviously should the Canucks get their asses handed to them again by the Sharks, there's going to have to be a long, hard look at why the hell they can't seem to get things going against this squad.  And I want to be clear, it's not just the Canucks playing bad here.  San Jose have a hell of a hockey team, but the Canucks have at various times, gift-wrapped things for the Sharks, playing right into their system.

One thing we've seen since the season opening loss to the Sharks, is a more consistent work effort.  There have been small lapses, but overall we're seeing a team that doesn't pack it in mentally if they get down a couple goals.  And as we saw against the Oilers, they're pretty good with a comfortable lead as well.  The penalty kill has been strong this year, and they're gonna need it, because no matter how hard they try to avoid it, the Sharks are gonna get a boatload of power plays.  Neutralizing the Sharks killer PP, and maybe popping another short-handed goal will go a long way towards snapping this streak.  After all, with the Pacific Division title already locked down by the Sharks, the Canucks will need to take what they can get in their quest for the post-season, right?

No lineup changes for either team tonight, as Alexandre Burrows is still out with a foot injury, and Zack Kassian is serving the last of his 8 game suspension for the incident with Edmonton's Sam Gagner, but will be in the lineup Saturday night when the Montreal Canadiens roll into town.  The Sharks will be without Brad Stuart, who learned the hard way against the Rangers that when you hit people in the head, one day Sheriff Shanny will be knocking on your door.  3 games for concussing Rick Nash, other than that, the Sharks lineup is the same.

KICKASS METAL TUNE OF THE DAY

Here's hoping tonight sees more Swedish magic for the Canucks, and to help conjure that up, here's Dimension Zero with 'Your Darkest Hour'.

More from Nucks Misconduct:


SB Nation Featured Video
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Nucks Misconduct

You must be a member of Nucks Misconduct to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Nucks Misconduct. You should read them.

Join Nucks Misconduct

You must be a member of Nucks Misconduct to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Nucks Misconduct. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker