So we're all clear on the degree of suck we're staring at here:
#Canucks 56 points are their fewest through the first 56 games of a season since 1999-00 when they had just 50 points.— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) February 18, 2016
Good grief, that's back when Mark Messier hadn't yet been steel toed out of town, Garth Snow and Felix Potvin were so putrid in net they tried throwing Kevin Weekes at the problem and offensive dynamo Donald Brashear had more goals than any single Vancouver defender.
At this rate, they'll need to figure out how to get just shy of 40 more points to stay in the playoff picture.
It's impossible for these losses not to sting. Can't beat the last-place Jackets, can't beat the last-place Leafs, can't beat the losers of eight straight and oh yeah we canned our coach Wild. Now, with ten days before what could be a monumental trade deadline for Vancouver's future, they'll have to deal with the suddenly fine we will stop sucking Ducks.
If there's any doubt left about why Vancouver doesn't deserve to be in the playoff picture, simply gaze across the ice at the team that's gone 17-4-2 since they were almost in dead last at Christmas. Or, if you prefer it in graph form:
Here's the full list of teams net possession changes between the first & last 20GP. pic.twitter.com/DGryCklMid— Zac Urback (@Zac_Urback) February 17, 2016
As they rose from the dead, Vancouver (and others...still staring at you Calgary) have slid gleefully into irrelevance and, somehow, more drama.
But, hey, at least they're saying the right things.
"This could be a turnaround for us. If we come out and play a solid game against a good team, it could change things for us" - Virtanen— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) February 18, 2016
"We need everybody going. This is a deep team we're facing, we'll need four lines going tonight for sure" - Coach Desjardins #Canucks— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) February 18, 2016
If only good intentions counted on the scoreboard.
Human Guinea Pig Formations
Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Jannik Hansen
Sven Baertschi - Bo Horvat - Radim Vrbata
Alexandre Burrows - Linden Vey - Emerson Etem
Derek Dorsett - Adam Cracknell - Jake Virtanen
Dan Hamhuis - Chris Tanev
Ben Hutton - Luca Sbisa
Matt Bartkowski - Alex Biega
David Perron - Ryan Getzlaf - Mike Santorelli
Nick Ritchie - Rickard Rakell - Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano - Ryan "Go fuck yourself" Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg
Patrick Maroon - Nate Thompson - Ryan Garbutt
Cam Fowler - Kevin Bieksa
Hampus Lindholm - Josh Manson
Simon Despres - Sami Vatanen
1. Vancouver is -10 during their five game winless streak at home. Which direction does this number go by the night's end?
2. McCann sits for Cracknell who will center a fourth line with the unlucky assignment of throwing the body around against a bigger Anaheim squad. Success or failure?
3. Etem slots in for Friesen and - for all the familiar faces on the ice tonight - a lot of the focus is on the Ducks first round pick from 2010. Will Etem factor in for the good guys or was it just a storyline to kill time?
Ducks win by a truckload and the Auston chants continue. I somehow hate Kesler even more than I did at the start of this sentence.
But Corey Perry gets injured. And, with that, everyone on Earth wins.
Gotta take what you can get folks.