Sure, they seemed to be in pretty decent shape after the 1st period, but as has often been the case this season, their 2nd period effort sunk them, leading to a fairly predictable 4-1 loss to the best team in the NHL last night. On the TSN 1040 broadcast they raised a pretty good question: Why start Ryan Miller in this game and not tonight's contest against Carolina? Sure, he's still your 'Number One' goaltender, but first game back after an injury, why not go with the hot goalie who held the fort during your absence?
Not that it was Miller's fault, mind you. This game more than anything was a simple display of the Canucks not being able to play up to the level of their competition, in terms of defensive play. As we've seen time and time again when the Canucks lose, it's as much about the Canucks D making it far too easy for the opposition to get prime scoring chances. In the past, even last season, the Canucks have mowed their way through Eastern competition with a fairly consistent success rate, but as we've seen this season, change is coming to this aspect of their game too.
And so they move on to Carolina, thankfully not playing a rested team as the Hurricanes were in St Louis last night, but have won 4 straight games since losing to the Canucks at Rogers Arena 9 days ago. On the er... bright side? Sure, we'll say bright side, the Canucks could get Luca Sbisa and Jannik Hansen back tonight. I also wouldn't be surprised to see Taylor Fedun get into the lineup tonight, as will Jared McCann after being a healthy scratch last night.
FRESH HOT LINKS
- A nice piece from Sports Illustrated on our boy Jake Virtanen playing for the hometown team
- Last night's Six Pack from VCB
- A particularly good edition of the Provies, where Bartkowski and Vrbata questions are asked
- Recap from the Sun including Miller's thoughts on the non-call against Baertschi that led to the 2nd goal
- Depth issues: we has them
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
New Canadian metal? Hell yeah, as traditional metallers CAULDRON are back with a new album 'In Ruin' that came out last week.