Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/31/13 at 10:13 AM ET
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Ryan Kesler and the Sedins, who are one, two and three among NHL forwards in ice time, again logged a work load that contravened several of this province's labor laws. They just couldn't produce the decisive stroke when it mattered most. Playing mostly against the Wings' eternal pair of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, Henrik logged a season-high 26:41, Kesler clocked in at a paltry 25:20 and Daniel, the piker, finished with 24:09....
Now, the belief is that the law of diminishing returns will kick in with the twins and Kesler and then the Canucks will have problems, big problems. There is no Plan B. There is no secondary scoring on this team. They will go as far as the Big Three take them but they can't be expected to keep up this inhuman workload.
That, at least, is the presumption and it will be analyzed within an inch of its life over the course of this season. Wednesday night, the twins and Kesler looked tired. They've been playing 22 to 24 hard minutes a game for a month and, maybe for the first time this season, it started to show.
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