Canucks Sinking Fast
This is a franchise that came within one game of winning the Stanley Cup in 2011. This is a franchise that had a lot of offensive talent, a solid defensive corps and more than above average goaltending to win plenty of hockey games.
Fast forward to now and things are going in the wrong direction for this hockey club. At 28-27-10 in an extremely talented and top-heavy Western Conference, the Canucks currently find themselves 11th in the Western Conference and four points out of the eighth and final playoff spot.
While four points may not seem like that much, it is still a lot of points with the way the Canucks are playing right now. The Canucks have lost three straight and in those three games, were outscored by a 11-3 margin.
There are several reasons why this team is struggling to win hockey games. It all starts with the team's lack of offense.
In the team's recent three game skid, they have scored just three goals. Both Henrik and Daniel Sedin have been quiet, Chris Higgins is not doing much, David Booth has struggled and the rest of the offense is sagging in a big way.
While with the New York Rangers, Canucks' head coach John Tortorella did not have the most offensive team. One figured that would change when he came to the Canucks, but as of this writing, the team is 28th in the league in goals scored.
Secondly, the franchise did not treat goaltender Roberto Luongo the right way over the past two seasons. Throughout the last two years, the team was not able to move him and then when they moved Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils, they did not treat Luongo like a number one netminder.
Yes, Luongo is an athlete that makes millions of dollars and yes, he is also a goaltender that has never come up in the clutch in order to help his team win a big game. With that said, he was still treated the wrong way, especially when Tortorella did not play him in the Heritage Classic on Sunday against the Ottawa Senators.
Lastly, it is clear that some players wanted/want to leave this hockey club. Luongo wanted to get out of Vancouver prior to the 2012-13 season and now, it is apparent that Ryan Kesler wanted to be traded as well.
It is never a good sign when someone on your team no longer wants to be a part of the franchise. It is clear that the team is going in the wrong direction and some players are noticing that.
While there is still time to get things back on track and get into the postseason, their inconsistent play this season would suggest that this might not be a playoff hockey club this year. Should the team fail to make the postseason, the organization will need to find a way to save their sinking ship.