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Evening Line- Iain MacIntyre

The current Canucks will hit the halfway point of their pandemic-shortened season next Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Pandemic or not, there is unvarnished anger among many fans. The only way this could be better for Canuck owners is if they could sell tickets to recoup a few of the millions they’re going to lose this season. But the only way this could be worse for the team is if there were fans in the building booing them.

It’s unclear what statute of limitations apply to managing owner Francesco Aquilini’s remarkably direct, Feb. 13 Twitter declaration supporting coach Travis Green and general manager Jim Benning, but it would be better for everyone if the Canucks win more than four of their next 15 games.

There is frequently opponent-envy in Vancouver, but that envy now includes: How come the Montreal Canadiens get to fire their coach and we don’t?

-Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet where you can read more on the Canucks.

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Video- Tyler Motte On Improving His Mental Health

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Tyler Motte of the Vancouver Canucks reflects on the actions he’s taken to improve his mental health after experiencing adversity, including little self-care habits that can make a big difference.

 

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Playoff Chances Continue To Sink For The Vancouver Canucks

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

Watching the Vancouver Canucks trying to win hockey games is like watching a drowning man trying to swim. Towards a school of piranhas, backed by sharks. With his pockets full of rocks.

The Canucks keep flailing on the surface. But whenever it looks like maybe they’ll actually get back to dry land, they suddenly make a U-turn and head towards deeper water and the hungry carnivores. It’s painful to watch, torturous.

With two wins in eight games – and this has been the “good” stretch of their season – the Canucks had a three-goal lead Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers. What could go wrong? Everything we’ve already seen go wrong this season.

The gave up a goal late in the first period, a shot from Oiler Dominik Kahun that dribbled through goalie Thatcher Demko shortly after a Brock Boeser turnover, to make it 3-1. And honestly, it felt like the start of another loss. Forty-one minutes from victory may as well have been 41 miles from shore.

The Canucks looked nervy, terrified. So crisp and confident with the puck in the first 18 minutes, they suddenly struggled to make passes, couldn’t get out of their zone, could make a simple play quickly. The biggest surprise is that it took until the third period for them to go under again, as Edmonton scored three more goals to beat Vancouver 4-3 at Rogers Arena.

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Critical Days Ahead For The Vancouver Canucks

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

Shaken by a five-game losing streak, the culmination of a dreadful start that has imperilled more than their season, the Vancouver Canucks’ next four games against the Calgary Flames may be the only playoff games they see in 2021.

Lose the series and they’re out – of playoff contention anyway. Lose badly, and it’s possible general manager Jim Benning or coach Travis Green or both could be out of a job, swallowed by the crater created by a young team that has followed last summer’s breakthrough by losing 10 of its first 16 games in a pandemic-shortened season.

Incredibly, those 16 games were played over a span of just 27 days. When the team limped home from Toronto overnight Monday and awoke to an honest-to-goodness day off, it meant Tuesday was the first night since Jan. 11 that Vancouver players went to bed without having played and without a game the next day.

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The Vancouver Canucks Need To Get Hot In A Hurry

from Patrick Johnston of the Vancouver Province,

The Vancouver Canucks finally got a day off on Tuesday after a marathon opening month to their National Hockey League season.

They’re in a tough spot, both on and off the ice.

Tough questions abound. Here are a handful:

What do their playoff hopes look like?
This is the most real part of the story: The Canucks have played the most games in the league at 16. The Edmonton Oilers are the next closest at 14 games played, while a number of other teams have played 13 games.

The reality is that the horse race the Canucks face is much more challenging that that of their rivals. With 40 games left, they have just 12 points.

According to HockeyViz.com’s current projections, 62 points will get you fourth place in the NHL’s all-Canadian Scotia North Division.

In other words, the Canucks need 50 points, or the equivalent of 25 wins, in their remaining 40 games.

That’s a .625 winning percentage. For reference, the 2019-20 Canucks posted a .565 winning percentage; the 2019-20 Pittsburgh Penguins posted a .623 winning percentage on the season.

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The Bad Season Continues For The Vancouver Canucks

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

Losing confidence is one thing, losing faith quite another. Right now, it’s hard to tell which it is with the Vancouver Canucks.

The team is lost.

It’s not about their systems play or turnovers, nor about their special teams or goaltending. It’s no longer even about the underperformance by some of their best players. And it’s not really about their inept defending, either.

This team just looks lost. All the things the Canucks had going for them during last summer’s playoff breakthrough are gone. That team seems to have vaporized – and, surely, not just because the organization allowed three or four guys to leave in free agency.

Thursday’s 7-3 loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs emphatically reinforced how far the Canucks have fallen, how distant they are right now from the top teams in the North Division, how much they’ve lost their way.

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The Vancouver Canucks Cannot Handle The Montreal Canadiens

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

It says something that as bad as the Vancouver Canucks were with the puck on Monday, the team has played worse during their erratic start to the National Hockey League season. But no game was more disappointing than their 6-2 implosion against the Montreal Canadiens.

The Canucks surged into Montreal after four-straight wins, and on Saturday played their best game of the year, dominating the Winnipeg Jets in a 4-1 victory in a place that had been like Death Valley (with snow) to them.

And only nine days removed from their atrocious three-game series at home against the Canadiens, who pumped in 17 goals mostly by letting Vancouver hurt itself with turnovers, the Canucks knew acutely how important it was on Monday to take care of the puck in Montreal.

The Canucks would show off their rediscovered selves: the direct, smart team that plays to its strengths and makes it difficult on opponents.

And then they gift-wrapped a pile of goals for the Canadiens, whose only difficulty was keeping track of their scoring. Make it 23 goals in four games, and a fifth game looming Tuesday like a root-canal appointment for the Canucks.

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Another Loss For The Vancouver Canucks

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

Suddenly and unexpectedly back in the game Saturday and with a chance to save a series and restore some confidence, the Vancouver Canucks used all the hard lessons learned from a difficult start to the season and, naturally, applied none of them.

They made the same big mistakes – mistakes you can’t overcome -- to get another discouraging result, losing 5-2 to the Montreal Canadiens at Rogers Arena to fall three games below .500 for the first time since March 26, 2019.

Seven games into the National Hockey League season, it’s hard to say if the Canucks are good enough to compete in the Canadian division because all they’ve done so far is beat themselves.

They are 2-5-0, allowed the Canadiens to light them up with 17 goals in three games, and continue to get net-negative play from some of their top skaters.

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Trouble In Vancouver

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

For the first time since Travis Green was hired as coach, the Vancouver Canucks look dead in the water, truly stalled and in danger of foundering.

Hope that Wednesday’s wonderfully chaotic win against the Montreal Canadiens was a sign the Canucks were starting to move forward again was obliterated Thursday when Vancouver gave away a pile of goals, including two in nine seconds, and was embarrassed 7-3 by the Habs at Rogers Arena.

The seas are getting rougher and the Canucks already look capable of sinking. They no longer seem like a team trapped by circumstance in a slow start, but a team in serious trouble.

“We weren’t just giving up scoring chances, we were giving up goals,” Green, who is in the fourth and final year of his Canucks contract, said after the game. “We gift-wrapped probably four or five goals. It wasn’t a game where we were hemmed in our zone... it was just giving up breakaways. In this league, if you give up chances that are gifts, you’re going to lose bad. We did that tonight.”

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Video- Tyler Myers Hit On Joel Armia

Five and a game misconduct for Myers.

 

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