It was as close to the worst case scenario for the Canucks as you could get. Just one win in 6 games of that Eastern road trip, and they followed it up with a performance that gave the impression this team just couldn't be arsed to try and build off an important win in New York City.
And with all the other news swirling around this team in turmoil, perhaps being home will help stabilize things. What's that? Rumours that Trevor Linden is going to step down as team president? Oh. So fortunately Elliotte Friedman actually asked him point blank, and Trev says "No". So there's that. Whether or not it's true isn't important when you think about it. The fact remains that this team is losing twice as many games as it wins. This, from a team that was aggressively selling the hope of a playoff appearance to it's fan base could be perceived as delusional, deceptive or both.
||Goals For Per 60 (GF60)
||Goals Against Per 60 (GA60)
|8.7 (30)||Power Play %||18.0 (17)|
|86.4 (6)||Penalty Kill %||77.2 (27)|
|50.7 (8)||Faceoff Win %||49.5 (17)|
||Shooting %||9.0 (14)|
||Corsi For %||49.2 (20)
Stats from NHL.com and www.hockey-reference.com
Dallas was one of the teams picked by many to be at or near the top as this season started, so it's a bit surprising to see them chugging along at a sub .500 clip. It becomes less surprising when you factor in a) this team took a look at it's goaltending and decided that there wasn't any glaring deficiencies there, and b) we have nothing to complain about when you look at their injury list.
Let's see... we've got Patrick Sharp and Jason Spezza both listed as doubtful. Then you have Jiri Hudler, Ales Hemsky, Cody Eakin and Mattias Janmark on injured reserve. It's ridiculous that they've done as well as they have, and actually have been without Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn at various points this season.They could get Sharp back, who has missed 11 games with a concussion.
Dallas was a pretty fun team to watch last year, until they got the puck in their own end, where not so good defense and terrible goaltending sunk their playoff aspirations. So it's baffling that a team with so much offensive talent decided not to part with one of them in an attempt to strengthen their own net. And almost lost in all of this is the return of Dan Hamhuis to the Canucks, who inadvertently became the latest poster child for Vancouver management incompetence. Hamhuis could have and should have been dealt at the deadline to help a team that desperately needs to stockpile picks. Instead, he walked away for nothing to a team that chose to send an asset to Calgary for Kris Russell instead.
The Stars are coming off a 3-2 win over the Oilers Friday night, getting goals from Antoine Roussel, Lauri Korpikoski and Patrick Eaves. Seguin and Benn each had 2 assists in the victory. Oh, I almost forgot: Welcome back Adam Cracknell. Looking forward to the Ring Of Honour ceremony before today's game.
The big news from the Canucks this morning:
Media meal for today's game https://t.co/iNsKbW4uJC— Canucks PR (@CanucksPR) November 13, 2016
Wait... that's wrong. It's this:
So, after a whirlwind 2 game stint in Utica, Jake Virtanen is back. So here's the thing: After playing Friday and Saturday then flying to be in Vancouver for a 1pm game, is he even going to be in the lineup?
Ryan Miller is likely back in today, and will probably face Kari Lehtonen, who was in for the 3-2 Stars win in Edmonton Friday. It doesn't look like we'll see any other lineup changes, meaning Phillip Larsen is in the press box again. Enjoy those cinnamon buns, buddy.
Here's a prediction: The Canucks lose again, and someone loses their job. Whether it's right or not, this cannot continue. Something has to give.
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
With Dallas visiting today, it's time to give a shoutout to the band from Texas that has been the most important, in my eyes. And that band is...
Uh, no. No disrespect to Dime and stuff, but at the end of the day, this Texas band means far more to me. I'm talkin' about D.R.I., dammit.
Dirty Rotten Imbeciles. One of the originators of crossover. Blending punk and metal, equal parts furious and fun. Here's some acts that have given D.R.I. some love over the years:
The Canucks have lost 10 straight to the Stars. Enjoy the game.