The losses of Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi continue to hurt the Vancouver Canucks, who were increasingly sloppy in a woeful v-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. Hither’south what we learned.
Well, the Vancouver Canucks will want to erase Mon dark’s awful 5-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets out of their minds rapidly. Later on all, it’due south rubber to say this probably was their most disappointing outing of 2017-xviii so far.
The Canucks are without Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi for the next few weeks, and nobody but Brock Boeser has been able to generate much offence. Normally, a road loss to a squad every bit dominant as Winnipeg doesn’t, but there were too many mistakes committed by the Canucks in this one.
Believe it or not, the Canucks are now 12th in the Western Conference — now two points behind the Calgary Flames for the final playoff spot. With talented but underachieving teams like the Minnesota Wild, Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks as well on the outside looking in, the playoff aspirations are quickly disappearing in Vancouver.
That’s for another time, though. Let’s take a look at three takeaways from the Canucks’ awful 5-1 loss.
Where’s the scoring depth?
Loui Eriksson was one time enjoying an credible renaissance flavour, only he’southward now gone pointless in his final five games.
Though each Sedin twin assisted on Boeser’s goal, they each have simply 18 points in 31 games on the season. Getting back to that 45-fifty indicate range is not very likely at this stage.
Big things were expected for Jake Virtanen, Sam Gagner and Markus Granlund — but all iii were held pointless this evening. Those three guys have just 11 goals combined on the flavor. Remember, Gagner and Granlund were both about twenty-goal men last twelvemonth.
For the Canucks, it’due south obvious that their offence revolves effectually the beginning line. If they’re non salubrious or not producing, the Canucks fall apart. As it turns out, Horvat, Baertschi and Boeser were masking this team’s flaws.
It’s articulate many of these Canucks forwards aren’t working out, and the team has to kickoff finding ways to increase the depth. There is a draft in 2018, and prospects Elias Pettersson and Jonathan Dahlen just might be in the NHL past 2019. Time for optimism, I suppose.
Playoff hopes slipping away
We know many Canucks fans are hoping this squad tanks for Rasmus Dahlin, so some are okay with this contempo slump. But there’due south no denying the Canucks have been fun to picket over the first ii months of 2017-eighteen.
Unfortunately, this team is starting to repeat its course of the last 2 seasons. That is, they stay in the playoff race but start to actually slow down and fall out of the playoff picture by the new twelvemonth. Well, 2017 is almost over — in example you didn’t notice.
Without Horvat and Baertschi, the Canucks simply aren’t capable of generating much offence. They also don’t have a shutdown defensive organization in identify, and then they tin can’t play similar the Los Angeles Kings or Anaheim Ducks and squeeze out tight wins without top players.
Nosotros’re just being realistic hither. With the Canucks having besides many injuries, besides many flaws and a lack of depth, their early playoff aspirations are slipping. And fast.
Anders Nilsson needs more than starts
This loss doesn’t fall on Jacob Markstrom. Yes, that opening goal he surrendered to Dmitry Kulikov was one he’d love to have back. But truth be told, no NHL goalie tin put upwards a Vezina-similar season with this Canucks defense force right at present.
All the same, Nilsson has outperformed Markstrom for much of the flavor. He’south 6-three-1 with a 2.71 goals against boilerplate and .921 save percentage, and has two shutouts. Markstrom has struggled as of late, and is now viii-10-3 with a two.56 goals against boilerplate and .911 save percentage.
There’south no reason for Markstrom to be getting the majority of starts over Nilsson. Both goalies take kept their teams in games despite not receiving much help, just Nilsson has been better and far more than consistent.
Again, Markstrom doesn’t deserve the arraign for recent losses. Simply if you have a proven goalie in Nilsson, perhaps head double-decker Travis Light-green should let him outset ii or three consecutive games? He has nothing to lose at present.