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It’s hard to get out of the Pacific.

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The Canucks success has to start in their own division

Vancouver Canucks v San Jose Sharks Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Hello fellow Canuck fans!

I can feel the optimism of a new year flowing through my veins. It could be rum, but let’s assume it’s not. (It is) Young stars was a tantalizing beginning to the year and training camp should bring some interesting battles for spots. At least that is what the media will tell us. I kind of think the roster has been set since the summer’s free agent signings. So far I have said two things that some will argue with and that’s good…..this is a discussion forum. Dissenting ideas are encouraged….until one day I ban you from the internet.

Let me state one thing we can all agree on: the Canucks will not make the playoffs.

If you don’t agree with me, it is probably due to the fact you have rum in your veins as well. Well, let me sober you up with some cold hard facts. To get anywhere near the playoffs, the Canucks will have to win lots of games in their own division and that’s something that they just haven’t been able to do over the past five years. To make things worse, there have been several teams in the Pacific that have improved on paper over the summer.

Van record vs Anaheim – from 2014-15 to 2017-18


Anaheim didn’t seem like a great team last year (I know..they had 101 points) and yet they beat the Canucks three times, including two shutouts. There is a feeling that Perry/Getz/Kes (124 points combined) are all going to bounce back. So, can this younger, faster and feistier (?) Canucks team take it to this crafty team of vets? I would consider a season split to be a victory

Van record vs Arizona – from 2014-15 to 2017-18


The Coyotes were as bad as the Canucks last year, but they have some very good young talent plus a stud defenseman. The Coyotes took two games from the Canucks last year as well. If you can’t beat the Yotes 75% of the time, you won’t get out of the division.

Van record vs Calgary – from 2014-15 to 2017-18


Calgary went out and got Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanflin, plus James Neal. If this team can learn how to play defense, they might have a shot at the playoffs. The Flames man-handled the Canucks in 3 out 4 games last year. I don’t see how things change since the Flames got better.

Van record vs Edmonton – from 2014-15 to 2017-18


If there is one team I would love to see the Canucks beat repeatedly this year it would the Oilers. With the Sedins gone, the Canucks should be faster this year and hopefully can keep up with McDavid. (I said hopefully) The Oilers defense is terrible and there should be high scoring games. But again, if you don’t take 3 games from the Oilers this year, you won’t make the playoffs.

Van record vs Los Angeles – from 2014-15 to 2017-18


The Canucks had some fun games last year against this team. The Kings didn’t get any younger, in fact they signed Kovalchuk, who is 35. The thing is, when healthy the Kings are still a very hard to play against. The Canucks would do well to take two games from them this year.

Van record vs San Jose – from 2014-15 to 2017-18


Remember when the Canucks dominated the Sharks? Yeah, that was a long time ago. The Nucks had one win against the Sharks last year and it was in O/T. With the Sharks having Jumbo Joe, Pavs, Couture, Hertl, Burns and now Erik Karlsson, the Canucks might not get a point in any game this year.

Van record vs Vegas – 2017-18


If I didn’t know what kind of team Vegas was before last year, I still might not know, but they’ll be good. They could score last year and then they added Paul Statsny and Max Pacioretty. It doesn’t seem fair. I hope I get to see the Canucks first victory against them this year.

Things don’t look good for the Canucks in their own division. The only team to make the playoffs in the Pacific with a below .500 record against their own division was L.A..(Guess who got swept in the first round of the playoffs?) A Canuck team that can get to .500 against the Pacific is a team that is dangerous.