In a move to hopefully kickstart the Canucks' shotty 5 on 5 play of late, Willie Desjardins has decided to move Alex Burrows to the top line with the Sedins. Radim Vrbata slides to line 2 with the super-cold fudgesicles: Nick Bonino and Chris Higgins.
A couple of cool things about this:
1. You can't write off the possibility of success with Burrows with Hank and Dank reunited. Yea, there was last year's shizzle. But time has passed. Burr knows what to do in order to be successful with the Twins. He just gives them the puck and then goes to the dirty areas to get open.
2. Maybe....just maybe Vrbata can provide a spark for line 2. Boner has only 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 14. Sir Higginsbottom has well, the same amount in that same span. PATHETIC! The Canucks have been outplayed 5 on 5 quite a bit lately. The Province's Jim Jamieson uses an advanced stat to explain:
Over the Canucks last four games (2-1-1), their Corsi (number of shot attempts at goal) even strength is a miserable 174 for and 263 against. They rank 22nd in the NHL in Corsi plus/minus, at minus-57. Chicago is first, at plus-333.
Thank the good lord for a rock-steady Ryan Miller and the powerplay coming alive lately.
Burrows has 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 6 games. OK, so 3 of those points have come on the PP. But Willie D is playing a hunch easily based on the Sedins' recent history with Burr.
Vrbata has 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 6 games. 3 of those points have come on the power play. None of this is a punishment to Burrows or Vrbata. Coach just needs to shake things up to get the top 6 going at even strength.
Since we / I love nostalgia:
A video celebration of Burr being reunited with the Sedins:
The shift of all shifts:
Yea I know, that was against a lousy Flames team.
Watch this magic:
But does it get much prettier than this:
Sweet baby Cheeses!
OK, well, here's hoping Willie's shuffle pays big dividends. I gotta sign off before I intrude too much on the game preview.
How are you liking all that snow, BC? WEEEE!!!
In other news, the Leafs have fired head coach Randy Carlyle. And, Canada barely hangs on to win gold at the World Juniors over Russia? Oh wow.