Vancouver Canucks aware that time is short
There is no room for any mistakes now as the Canucks have 9 games left to play and they are 4 points behind in the Western Conference. Knowing this, they are aware that they will have to take each game very seriously now.
Canucks head coach John Tortorella said that every club was as of now aware of their standings with such little games left to be played and so were they, trying to win the maximum number of games while committing the least amount of error.
“Everybody’s looking at the standings. We are, too,” Tortorella said. “All we can do is control what we have. We’re going to keep on trying to battle away here and find points.”
The Canucks have managed to win their games against the Buffalo Sabres and Nashville Predators, which has allowed them some breathing room. They were comparatively easy to defeat and facing the Minnesota Wilds and Colorado Avalanches will be comparatively more of a challenge to tackle.
Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa said that they were competitive and unwilling to give up the fight for the playoffs.
“We’ve been a very resilient group. We’ve been on the outside looking in for a while now and we’ve climbed right back up there,” said Bieksa. “We’ve had some tough losses for sure. There’s no hiding that, but we keeping fighting. We’re still here. We’re still standing.”
Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack said that the Dallas Stars and Phoenix Suns had had comparatively tougher schedules and since they had some home games coming in they would be taking advantage of those surely.
“I’m just trying to take it day by day here,” said Lack. “I know [Phoenix and Dallas] have a really tough schedule left. We have a lot of home games too so hopefully we can take advantage of that and just do our part here and we’ll see if it’s enough or not.”