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09-18-2011, 06:03 PM
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I think the biggest problem isn't really the Sedins themselves, but more how the team and the Canucks' game is structured around them. The Canucks excellent scoring was predicated on the Sedins putting up 1.2-1.3 points per game and being dominant on the PP. But that can't really be expected to carry through to the playoffs. The reffing is too lax, defensemen can focus on them too much, and they probably won't get as many PPs. The Sedins are fantastic players, but if you're expecting them to produce in the playoffs like they have in the past couple of regular seasons, you're probably going to be disappointed.

Really the problem was and is scoring depth. You can't have your top scorers put up only point per game numbers while having a bottom 6 that produces only 1 goal every 3 or 4 games. Pretty much every cup winner in the past decade has had 6-7 forwards producing at .50 points per game in the playoffs. Here's what the Canucks had:

H. Sedin: 0.88
D. Sedin: 0.80
Kesler: 0.76
Burrows: 0.68

After that it dropped way down to Hansen who had a 0.36 points per game.

The Canucks had neither the primary scoring nor the depth scoring of most cup winners. The primary scoring probably isn't going to change much and teams such as Boston, Anaheim, and others have demonstrated that you can win without anyone scoring over a point per game, but that great depth is absolutely vital. If everyone remains healthy and Raymond and Samuelsson can return to form, the Canucks might be close, but that was truly their biggest downfall in the last playoffs. And who knows, with more legitimate scoring down the lineup that'd likely free the Sedins up a bit and we may see increased production from them as well.

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