Welcome NM to the 2nd game recap of the season. Leave now before it gets worse.
Thanks for not reading.
If you recall the 1st recap of the season, you do right? Wasn’t that long ago. Anyhow... whether you recall it or not doesn’t matter. What matters was the creepy prediction I made in it. So creepy that I’ve blocked it at the moment. I’m sure it will come back to me to haunt us later.
Going into this game the expectations for the Nucks were high. Not as high as the grass growing in my backyard, but still... we expected to see some Petey ‘n Brock goal magic with the former Flame, Ferlie burning down the barn.
That’s the thing with moderately big expectations. When not even close to being met, they return unduly large disappointment. 6 failed Nucks power plays creates the kind of disappointment that some might mistake for total freaking nightmare games!
It wasn’t that bad. In the final
20 15 10 minutes. The first 40? We’re going to skip through those as efficiently as we hope someday the Nucks PP will become.
Nothing good happened. Especially for
Mike Tyler Myers who had a brainfart that created happy times on the Red Mile Metre.
Do you want to see the bad pass, a Johnny Hockey steal and Lindholm goal? No, you don’t.
Nucks win the shot count 11-10 and the sandbag scoreboard 0-1.
So... this period is going to start better. For about a minute.
Then another defensive zone gaff/coverage glitch caused another Flames goal. With some help from a couple Flames.
Do you want to see Johnny Hockey fend off Quinn to make the pass out front to the open guy that Bo was meant to cover? No, no you don’t.
Let’s just say the worst part of the period was only 20 minutes long, so that’s not so bad.
The best part of the period was Myers sticking up for Myers. Sticking up for teammates on the Nucks has to start somewhere.
The Nucks are down 2-0 after 2 and outshot 14-4. Ugh. At least the Nucks PK was sharp as Virt got a Too Much Man penalty - twice. Nice line management work, Greenie.
Only down 2 to start the 3rd. At least the Nucks don’t have to worry about keeping a lead. Seems the Flames aren’t worried either. Not with Rittich holding down the record book. He’s never lost a game to the Nucks in regulation.
Anyhow, once the Nucks kill of the too much Nucks penalty, they draw a Flames penalty. And then another. It’s 5-on-3 time to shine. Would Green put Quinn out there? Nope. Would Petey score? Nope. Would Leaveso score into the gaping wide open net? No, not with the no puk-luck bouncing puck in the skates road show.
Although... Pete did disintegrate a stick with his wicked shot. And no, it wasn’t one of Eddie’s castoffs.
To add injury to the no goals for Nucks night in cowtown, with the net empty, J.T., just before entering the Flame-zone sends a pass backwards to Eddie. He wasn’t expecting a drop pass, but Johnny Hockey, did. And scored on the empty net to seal the game for happy home fans and cause the NM gamethread to scream silently into empty bottles behind the couch.
And for the 2nd time in as many games the Nucks are looooosers in Alberta. There’s few worse feelings than that. You want to know what there are? No, you don’t.
With all the extra man time and desperate desire to get a goal... just one goal, please... the Nucks outshot the Flames 18-6 in the 3rd.
For the sake of brevity and sanity, didn’t show clips of the red goals. But due to HNIC Nucks embarrassment rules, we’re required to present the video recap. You’re not required to hit the play button. Just hit your head on the empties.
I’m not going to say the new look Nucks look awfully familiar. Especially the PP. Which is setting a season opening record at 0 for 10. Although... Eddie’s almost game-winning goal in Edmonton was just as the penalty expired. So we know it’s at least theoretically possible.
The new look Nucks look like they haven’t played any games together. The top line has been off in both games. Only with timing, passing and scoring, so no big deal. What is slightly worrying is not just that Pete hasn’t scored thus far. But that he hasn’t scored 5-on-5 in 29 games. That’s a really long drought for someone so talented.
Brock doesn’t seem up-to-speed either. He’s not getting into his deadly accurate shooting zone. And Ferland? He’s playing like a light(er) weight - lost 10lbs in the pre-season due to well... let’s not paint that shitty picture now.
If our top line isn’t scoring and Green refuses to put Hughes on the 1st power play and Bo’s new line can’t score, then it could be a longer October than imagined. Pete, Brock and Quinn are too talented to let this slide into executive and coaching job losses by Xmas.
On the bright side, Loui proved he can be just as effective in the pressbox as on the ice. Which means, Green will probably put him back on the ice next game, just to confirm the scientific evidence.
Virt and Gaudette had good games. Both looked better than in Edmonton. Especially since Gaudette, unlike Loui, is better on the ice than not.
Stats? Really? Fine.
Player Stats (look away!)
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|#||Defense||GP||G||A||P||P||+/-||S||PIM||PIM||SOG||HITS||BLKS||GVA||TKA||FO%||TOI||PP TOI||SH TOI||PP||GW|
Can’t put the loss on Marky - wasn’t his fault - but also he didn’t make enough game-saving saves. Like Rittich did.
Oh well... at least we know what the problem areas are and so do the Nucks.
Pete shared his extensive insight.
“We’ve got to be better. That’s it. We had scoring chances, we had looks, we just have to finish. There’s no secret we have to find a way.” - Pettersson— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 6, 2019
Coach ‘Good Looks’ Green diagnoses the no goals chemistry.
That 1st tough road trip is over. It was but 2 games too long.
Oh... now I remember... the Nucks are borrowing a page from the Blues book. Going to sandbag their way into the playoffs. At least they’ve made a good start towards not peaking too early. Can they keep their poker faces smiling until the new year? Maybe.
Until then, we have the great home opener against the fragile LA Kings on Wednesday. Like the Nucks they’ve had trouble scoring goals too. Only got 5 against Edmonton.
Enjoy your grumpy Sunday NM and get ready for Captain Canuck to make his (possibly winning) debut next week.