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RECAP #21: NUCKS WIN NOTHING! Get Shutout 2-0

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Lose a game. Win a Word. Weird World of Nucks Hockey

NHL: FEB 19 Jets at Canucks
Demko Stopped Them All. But one.
Photo by Derek Cain/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

If you thought the win last game was that little spark of hope which sparkled that the Nucks’ season has turned around, time to stop those thoughts before they get a weak grip on our false hopes.

The so talented first line delivered like a top line last game.

In this game, down a goal early, the Nucks looked like a group of lost lines. Especially the top line that was more like last month’s top line than Wednesday’s group of sharp shooters.

THE GOOD (For NM):

While the Nucks lost the game early in the first... because of a Special Turnover Eddie: Slowmo Edition. That was bad.

it’s just saves time to say

fuck Edler — Westy

But the greater game thread good was served. A new game thread keyword was invented.

These events are all just Fedlers. — Raddy

On this night there were at least 8 Fedlers™ and many Fedle-Sticks.

Demko played great - best PKer of the night.. but for...

NO FREAKIN’ NUCKS GOALS!

Which brings us to...

THE FUGLY:

Win as a team, lose as individuals.

The Lotto line was back to playing as individuals rather than a well-toiled machine. Pete and Miller having an off night in Canada. Both were hanging onto the puck trying to make plays that weren’t there. Even Brock was looking for something that didn’t exist.

wtf petey?

Shoot the fucking puck! Goes for a nice casual skate around the net and gives it away. Textbook Fedler™ - Twitchy

The Nucks are a fast hard skating team. Compared to the CaFlucks. Compared to the Jets, not so much.

Also.. so many chances to shoot... but...

3-on-2... No shot — RJ Barrett’s Agent

Game thread noticed the no-goals trend - across all lines.

I don’t think Gaudette will ever score again

Virtanen will score again, though

in the KHL — copey

Brossoit is the new Hellebuyck. FFS! His 2nd career shutout. Guess which team he played to get his 1st? (Hint: team with the ongoing retro jersey curse)

When the most dangerous highlight chance was Schmidty’s breakaway almost goal, it says the Nucks didn’t put enough pressure on the local stopper. Who made a number of great stops just by watching the puck whizz by wide.

Nucks PP 1st unit is on the skids. The everyone-knows-what-is-coming skids. Needs a revamp. Move Miller to the 2nd (or 3rd) unit. Let Postal Pete be the playmaker and Brock the shooter. They’re too talented to be part of the 21st PP in the league.

Refs Brad Meier, Michael Markovic are useless pieces of stripes. The melee at the end of the game was easily prevented if they had called the 3 cross checks on Hoglander. Would have avoided the stupidity. WWE Refs on ice. Idiots.

Frontier justice at an anti-social distance...and then... then the refs find their lost whistles. Morons.

No Highlights:

At least it’s a home game, so we get the 2 Johns to call the highlights. If there were any.

GAME STATS (Fugly Style)

SOG FO% PP PIM HITS BLKS GVA
Jets
WPG
31 53% 0/2 16 19 18 6
Canucks
VAN
29 47% 0/2 16 24 6 8


PLAYER STATS (Nothing to show here)

# Forwards GP G A P P +/- S PIM PIM SOG HITS BLKS GVA TKA FO% TOI PP TOI SH TOI PP GW
6 B. Boeser 0 0 0 0 -1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 23:45 3:31 --:-- 0
9 J.T. Miller 0 0 0 0 -2 2 2 2 3 1 0 0 67 23:12 2:59 1:24 0
18 J. Virtanen 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 5 0 0 1 8:00 --:-- --:-- 0
20 B. Sutter 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 30 15:25 0:15 1:56 0
21 L. Eriksson 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 5:33 --:-- --:-- 0
26 A. Roussel 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 11:15 --:-- 1:40 0
36 N. Hoglander 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 1 0 0 2 17:18 1:08 --:-- 0
40 E. Pettersson 0 0 0 0 -2 4 0 4 2 1 1 0 43 20:14 2:52 --:-- 0
53 B. Horvat 0 0 0 0 -1 2 0 2 2 1 1 0 57 19:52 2:16 0:15 0
70 T. Pearson 0 0 0 0 -1 1 0 1 2 0 1 0 100 18:12 1:01 0:41 0
83 J. Beagle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 25 7:32 --:-- 2:04 0
96 A. Gaudette 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 12:28 1:29 --:-- 0
# Defense GP G A P P +/- S PIM PIM SOG HITS BLKS GVA TKA FO% TOI PP TOI SH TOI PP GW
8 J. Benn 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 14:13 --:-- 1:43 0
23 A. Edler 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 20:58 0:05 2:14 0
43 Q. Hughes 0 0 0 0 -1 2 0 2 0 0 3 1 25:37 3:31 --:-- 0
48 O. Juolevi 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 10:36 --:-- 0:03 0
57 T. Myers 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 2 0 0 0 22:41 0:24 2:17 0
88 N. Schmidt 0 0 0 0 -1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 20:31 0:29 1:43 0
# Goalies GP REC GA SV SA S EV PP SH SAVE-SHOTS SV% PIM TOI GAA
35 T. Demko -- 29 30 22–23 5–5 2–2 29–30 .967 0 57:56
49 B. Holtby -- 0 0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0 --:--


Home presser after a lacklustre loss, enjoy the little warp of words.

On the bright side, it wasn’t a full 5 alarm tire fire loss like some of the previous egregious blow outs. That’s something.

On the other side of the glare, after 21 games there’s not enough consistent effort to play smart - to play hard and make the simple plays. Also... Green should have prepped the Nucks to expect the Jets to come back hard after the Nucks 1st win in the Peg in this century - just about.

Maybe Greener will put Zack back and take out our $40,000 a minute 4th liner.

Maybe this is as good as it gets. Win a game, lose one. Is 500 hockey so bad? No, not so bad if this was November in an 82 game season.

Right now, over a third of the way through this (thankfully) short season, 500 hockey, if/once they get there, isn’t going to make a memorable summer bubble. But, hey... we can always look forward to getting screwed out of a high pick at the draft.