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Pushing the Canucks Panic Button

10/20/2008 at 11:21pm EDT

Iain MacIntyre at the Vancouver Sun looks at the Canucks statistical realities, six games into the season:

They’re allowing 3.46 goals-against per game, nearly a full puck worse than last season. And the current GAA is skewed by Canucks’ 6-0 win in their season-opener. But Vigneault says it isn’t the speedier, more offensive game that troubles his team, but its inability so far to kill penalties or score on the power play.

As of Monday, Vancouver was 29th with the man-advantage (6.9 per cent success rate), 23rd shorthanded (75 per cent). Special teams are a grave problem.

General manager Mike Gillis calls the current situation “extraordinary circumstances” though I’m not sure I understand the reasoning. (Unless one considers 3.46 g.a.a. on Luongo’s team to be “extraordinary,” which I guess they might). But the situation is probably a bit predictable, too, given that there’s still a major gap in the offensive roster.

And does anyone consider Vancouver injury woes to be that extraordinary anymore? I think you could set your watch to them, myself.

So MacIntyre is certainly correct in pointing to the early problems Vancouver is having, but a bit over-the-top in suggesting these are already “grave” matters. Six games—more specifically, three bad games—does not make a season. Hell, it’s barely a dent. The Canucks opened with a tough schedule and they’re still bringing together a disparate group without a lot of experience together.

So I’ll reserve my panic for after this road trip.

On the other hand, if they get pounded by Edmonton this coming Saturday, then I might panic… :)

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