Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Some Random Thoughts

Some random thoughts after the Canucks shootout win in Calgary...

  • The Canucks still have a ways to go in the Getting the Puck Out of the Zone Department.
  • Darcy Hordichuk isn't getting it done. The guy just isn't a very smart hockey player. Whatever strengths he may have are outweighed by his lack of hockey sense. It's nice to have that tough guy in the lineup, but I think that's a luxury the Canucks don't need right now. They have enough toughness in the lineup. On the other hand they could really use an effective 4th line and with the way Hansen is playing that shouldn't be that hard to put together. Even a guy like Jaffray could really improve the effectiveness of the 4th line.
  • Willie Mitchell is really struggling right now. What happened to the guy from October who was arguably playing the best hockey of his career?
  • Fortunately Alex Edler really has his game together. While the rest of the defense has struggled with their consistency Edler has picked up his game at just the right time.
  • Ryan Kesler is the engine running this team right now.
  • Despite a really bad goal in Calgary, Luongo looked "on" for the first time since November.
  • The Canucks played their worst game of the month and yet still found a way to win against a red hot Kiprusoff. That is a very good sign.
  • With the toughest game of the road trip out of the way the Canucks now have an opportunity to get a little separation in the playoff race. If they continue to play well there is no reason why they can't pickup at least 4 out of a possible 6 points.
  • I guess the sky didn't fall did it?

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