Canucks Brunch- Perception Versus Reality Or Something...

Ben Nelms

One thing you can say about being a fan of the Canucks: Never is there a shortage on drama. When they're performing well, there's always a portion of the fan base that will be screaming and pulling out their hair because (insert relatively insignificant detail here). So here we are, with the Canucks in the midst of a slump that appears to be a combination of bad luck mixed with a steady succession of hot opposing goalies? What's really going on here?

If you had a chance to read Dan The Stat Man's recap of the shootout loss to the Panthers, it's pretty much a microcosm of this slide the Canucks find themselves in.  For the most part, they've been playing strong and playing the systems John Tortorella wants them to, but thanks to puck luck, some hot goalies and being stuck in a conference where no one loses but the Canucks right now (sure feels that way, right?), they find themselves 5 points out of 8th in the West.  We knew this season was going to be a challenge, but thanks to factors no one could have seen coming (Colorado and Anaheim, for example), there's an increasing sense of panic, even amongst normally level-headed fans.

As Dan and other stats gurus tell us, the Canucks losing when they're playing the way they are is unsustainable, and even if you're not a proponent of fancy stats, common sense tells you this as well.  Right now it really reminds me of that long slump they got in a few years back, when Alexandre Burrows scored late to bump that slump.  It wouldn't surprise me one bit to see them snap out of this funk with Burr finally lighting the lamp.  That's not to say it's all luck here though.  The power play is embarrassingly bad, and it too can't stay like this forever.  Sure they've finally been getting a couple goals on the PP, but it's still a long road for it to be the threat it used to be.  They also need to get back to starting the games by not giving up stellar chances to their opponents.  Allowing the visitors to get some confidence in what is normally a very imposing place to play is not a formula for success.

Tonight the Canucks will need to be focused and not be looking ahead to tomorrow night's tilt against the Blackhawks (and just for the record, that's what an arch nemesis looks like), as they take on a Columbus Blue Jackets team that's having a very streaky November.  They responded to that ridiculous shellacking at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers with a 2-1 win over the Flames, and looked good earlier in the week dismantling Ottawa 4-1, but have also had 4 and 3 game losing streaks this month, while failing to win back to back games in November.  The Canucks will also be mindful the last time they played a 'bad' game, was that 3-1 loss in Columbus during that monster road trip.  I like that Tortorella's not feeding the media and fans the same old lines that we grew accustomed to, and is challenging players to step up, as he did this week with David Booth.  Booth's benching against his former team is a strong message, and while there are many think Booth's simply going to ride out his time here before being bought out or traded (and who on earth would take him on with that contract?), maybe... just maybe Booth will finally show us a glimpse of what the Canucks thought they were getting before that shyster Dale Tallon pulled a fast one on Mike Gillis...

One good thing for the Canucks is that they're taking on a pretty banged up Blue Jackets team, who will now be without Brandon Dubinsky, in addition to having 5 players on IR (including noted Canuck killer Marian Gaborik), though they might be getting Matt Calvert back for tonight's game.  With the sputtering power play finally showing a shallow pulse, a team with a 77.1% kill rate shorthanded should be just what they need, right?  Let's hope they don't spend the night shooting into Sergei Bobrovsky's chest...

Overall, the Canucks obviously can play better.  There's too much firepower on this team for them to go much longer without scoring some goals, and it's just been that perfect storm of details that sees them in this slump.  The Sedins, Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows all going cold at once?   Of course the Canucks will struggle.  The fact that those who had been providing secondary scoring to date aren't doing that now doesn't help.  The breakout is coming, and with it maybe the kind of consistency (along with the cooling off of some of their divisional & conference opponents) that the Canucks need to get back into the race.

KICKASS METAL TUNE OF THE DAY

I've been on a real crossover kick of late, and one band that's been worth checking out is the UK's Send More Paramedics.  Mixing a love of horror movies with their crossover/thrash sounds, they've put together a silly/cheesy video for a decent tune.  Here's Blood Fever...


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