Yesterday was a day for angry (albeit logical) hockey rants.
Today is merely a day of despair.
After the Canucks fifth straight loss (and third at the hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs), any hope and positivity that was generated during the first win of the road trip had dwindled into nothingness.
The effort was there last night...for 40 minutes. It was a game where the Canucks deserved better, but this isn’t a team with the depth or talent to take their foot off the gas in a tie game.
It was a loss so heartbreaking, it made Brandon Sutter realize that this is the last time he will ever make more than $4 million per season.
With a 6-10 record, the Canucks playoff hopes are already fading just one quarter into the season. The fancy stats aren’t kind to the Canucks either.
Based on @domluszczyszyn’s model exclusively at @TheAthleticNHL the #Canucks’ Stanley Cup playoff odds are now in the single digits. 7% to be precise:https://t.co/vaFrTHhUYZ pic.twitter.com/KKjF2zvLyZ— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) February 9, 2021
TSN’s Jason Brough has a theory about what record the Canucks will need over the final three-quarters of the season.
If making the playoffs will take 64 points, the Canucks will need to go something like 24-12-4 in their final 40 games.— Jason Brough (@JasonBroughTSN) February 9, 2021
So, yeah, they're pretty screwed already.
I think there's a chance that 60 points would be the bar, with four of seven teams making the playoffs in this division. Hey, all the Canucks need to do is go 24-16, and they could have a chance to get creamed by Toronto or Montreal in the opening round!
Depth is clearly a huge problem in Vancouver this season, but even this stat blew me away.
Jake Virtanen has 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 35 games.— Andrew Walker (@AndrewWalker650) February 9, 2021
So yeah, aside from a few good draft picks and a couple astute trade, Jim Benning has largely done a terrible job of building this team.
But hey...at least Bennign dodged the Erik Karlsson bullet!
How soundly is Doug Wilson sleeping these days?— Darren Haynes (@DarrenWHaynes) February 9, 2021
Erik Karlsson’s first 10 games:
- 0 goals
- 3 assists (2 secondary)
- 38.3 SAT% (fourth-worst among players with 10 or more games)
He turns 31 in May and has six seasons after this one on a deal that pays him $11.5M AAV.
Speaking of smiles, I gave Jim Benning four reasons why smile this morning on The Quickie podcast.
Hell, it might even make you smile as well.
More Canuck-Related Reads
- Jimmi’s recap last night focused on the fugly...and rum [Nucks Misconduct]
- It was reported by Elliotte Friedman yesterday that Jake Virtanen and Adam Gaudette are being dangled on the trade market [Sportsnet]
- The Utica Comets have begun their season, with Carson Focht and Will Lockwood making an impression [Canucks Army]
- Noah Strang joins Nick Bondi on the latest episode of the Power of the Towel Podcast. [Nucks Misconduct]
Around the NHL
- Patrik Laine’s start in Columbus is similar to the end of Pierre-Luc Dubois’s Blue Jackets career.
laine after being benched by tortorella in his 4th game pic.twitter.com/KjSG9EAfvp— massmutual spörps #blm (@OVECHKlN) February 9, 2021
Who would have thought that it was Jack Roslovic — not Laine — who would be the budding star in Columbus.
The Coyotes got a buzzer-beater in last night’s action. They would go on to beat the Blues 4-3 in a shootout.
THIS IS WHY YOU PLAY ALL 60 MINUTES. pic.twitter.com/QrwQB7awSV— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) February 9, 2021
And, a little Oilers’ own goal to bring a smile to your face.