Are they tired? Maybe the team has become complacent, yeah? Or is it just a little slump?
Since the trade deadline, the Vancouver Canucks have picked up just five of a possible 12 points. Scoring has been a big issue, especially with the top line. Daniel and Henrik Sedin have earned a total of one point during this skid. Some people have told me that they believe the Sedins have been figured out. I don’t buy it. This just goes back to my argument that they do not get the respect that they deserve.
Of course when the Canucks are not stocking the win column, the fans immediately blame the goalie. Roberto Luongo should have had that second goal vs. the Canadiens, but than again that wouldn’t have mattered considering the team in front of him only scored once.
CoHo for Sockeye. More than a couple of the Canucks’ faithful remain angry about the trade that saw Cody Hodgson shipped off to Buffalo for Zack Kassian. Yes, the team’s losing ways began when Hodgson left, but if he was that important to the squad Mike Gillis wouldn’t have traded him, right?
With the St. Louis Blues five points up on the Canucks for 1st overall, I’m going to go out on a limb and say there will not be another President’s Trophy banner raised this season at Rogers Arena. This wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing for the Canucks. Home ice advantage in the playoffs is important, however lately; home has not been where the heart is. Their record in Vancouver is in the middle of the pack at 20-9-4. Most of the top Western Conference teams have 23 victories at home or more. The Canucks’ record on the road though looks like this, 22-10-4, which is the best in the league. And don’t forget, they had the so called “advantage” in the Stanley Cup Finals last year, but lost in Game 7, at home.
I don’t know exactly what is hampering the Canucks. It could be fatigue. It may be complacency. Or just a slump. I however do know that if they don’t pick up their game in all areas, the Vancouver Police will not have to worry about crowd control in June.