Isn't their blueline & goaltending pretty healthy? You can still win (albeit winning "ugly") with that and they still have Staal (who arguably can be a #1 or develop into one on another team).
Easier to put in "plugs" up front than on the blueline.
The replacements that the Canucks have aren't that bad though. Alberts and Rome are solid NHL players and Tanev has been doing well. Certainly the drop off between Edler / Hamhuis / Ballard and them is better than the AHL fodder that is replacing the elite Malkin + Crosby.
Anyone else starting to think maybe Vigneault/Bowness should be telling the D to start easing up from now on? These potential injuries are becoming by far more of a concern than getting a few extra points down the stretch.
Cue the Chris Tanev is the second coming of Bobby Orr chanters. The same people that are ready to write off Hodgson and Schroeder are those that go the opposite way when unheralded guy comes up and plays well.
Let's all take a breath, the Canucks are great shape. All the injured d-man are projected back by playoff time (hopefully Hamhuis is no Mitchell) and the team should be ready to roll.
What will be interesting is how well Bieksa plays now. There has been plenty of speculation that his game has been severly aided by the unsung play of his partner.
if hamhuis turns into a david perron-type situation then he's essentially out for the year...with the testing that is applied to concussions now i think we should assume he's gone for the season and just be really thankful if he's able to come back at some point
since i have zero faith that salo can maintain a healthy condition down the stretch and into the playoffs, the canucks have to hope that edler can come back on schedule and play big minutes immediately or else they're going to have all sorts of trouble in the first round
for god sakes. the hockey gods are at it again! i blame sami salo... his rippling effect throughtout the entire defensive core over the years. 05/06 was the beginning when the injury bug hits. jovo/ohlund/salo etc.
I can't believe this. It's ironic that night I was terrified watching the Canuck's D going back for the puck in thier own zone and thinkin', "Man, somebody else is going to get hurt as things happen in three's." Sure enough.
I'd call it a border line dirty hit. Getzlaf left his feet.