It's hard not to get excited as the Canucks have won 3 straight games for the first time since January 19. Beating teams like LA and Winterpeg, who are also fighting for their playoff lives is a magnificent feat at this time of year, with only 9 games remaining. It shows that this Canucks team has a lot of fight in it and a lot of character.
Remember, the top 3 teams in each division will make the playoffs. The rest fight for a wild card spot.
Where do the Canucks sit in their division?
How about the Western Conference?
Love that 4-point cushion. LA and Calgary just won't go away, so the Canucks have to keep on kicking ass.
Let's take a quick look at how each current Canucks player is doing on the stat sheet. Who's hot? Who's cold?
-Nick Bonino: 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 8 games. He is a +4 in his last 3 games though.
-Kevin Bieksa missed a lot of time to injury. He has 2 assists in his 8 games.
-Alex Burrows has no points in his last 3 games and 2 goals and 1 assist in his last 10.
-Chris Higgins. 2 points against the Jets is a beautiful thang. See, I don't put too much pressure on Higgy to score consistently because he never has. He's about a 40-point per season player at best. Those 2 points are the only ones in his last 5 games. 3 goals and 6 assists in his last 9 games in March isn't all that bad though!
-Derek Dorsett went on a mini-rampage from March 9-17, scoring 1 goal and 4 assists in 4 games. He has been held pointless in his last 4 games. Not a big deal. He's doing a great job and probably surpassing most peoples' expectations.
-Dan Hamhuis. Say it ain't so, Hammer! He hasn't scored a goal in over 60 games. 3 assists in his last 10 games. Hammer is a -4 in the last 2 Canucks losses. Just sayin'.
-Jannik Hansen. Beaker has 30 points on the season and I like that shiz. But....no points in his last 5 games and 1 goal in his last 7 games puts him on the cold (aka SHIT) list.
-Ronalds Kenins. God dammit shoulda seen this coming. 1 assist in his last 8 games. An even +/- though.
-Shawn Matthias. Remember when he was god? It's been so long. As was easily projected by the smart people, Shawn has regressed. 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 11 games. NOT the next Bertuzzi. Shaddap!
-Luca Sbisa: With 3 goals and 7 assists on the season, we are silly to expect a lot of points from Luca. He does show some offensive flair once in a while buuuutttt....2 assists in his last 17 games. He's not the next Hulk Hogan, I mean...Brian Leetch.
-Chris Tanev got his new contract yesterday but his stats tell the story: the Canucks love his intelligence and ability to make the smart play in his zone. His offensive contributions are limited or a work in progress. 1 assist in his last 9 games.
-Linden Vey. 1 assist in his last 15 games. I will say no more.
-Zack Kassian. Anybody miss Big Z lately? Zack had 1 goal and no assists in 7 games prior to his injury on March 14.
-Radim Vrbata! 4 goals and 4 assists in his last 5 games? WOOO! 7 goals and 14 points in 12 games in the month of March. BATTA BATTA SWIIING! The hottest Canuck by far. Not even doing it all with the Sedins, which makes him that much more impressive. NOW....is he a playoff performer?
-Daniel Sedin. 2 goals and 6 assists in his last 5 games??? Holy hell!
-Henrik Sedin: 2 goals and 3 assists in his last 4 games. A little bit behind his brother. 5 goals and 9 points in 12 games so far in March makes me wonder...when the hell did you decide to become the sniper in the family, Hank? Well, he is scoring more than he has since 2010-11.
-Alex Edler: After going pointless in 9 games from February 9 to March 14, Edler has 2 goals and 3 assists in his last 5 games. Atta boy Eddie!
-Yannick Weber: 2 goals and 2 assist in his last 3 games. Why am I so torn about this guy? Should the Canucks re-sign him? He does have a wonderful shot....
-Bo Horvat. 4 goals and 1 assist in his last 9 games. Not putting him in the "M'EH" category because fuck you.
The hot and cold list is just a guide for you, the fan to see who is cookin' and who isn't. I still really do like how there is potential on any given night for players to step up and score for this team. For the most-part, they have this season. Balanced scoring is a beautiful thing.
PS: I don't even go there with goalie stats in posts like these. Eddie Lack has been superb with only a few hiccups. But let me emphasize a point that I have been saying all year: the Canucks need to clean up their defensive play.