Hey guys, I compiled the records of the last 4 Stanley Cup Champions leading up to the playoff to compare to ours. The general consensus seems to be don't worry, a slump around this time is a common thing that should not have any effect on our playoff play. Well, let's see how true that is...
February - Didn't play much, Olympic break March - 6-7-2 April - 5-0-1
Penguins - 2009
February - 7-4-1 March - 10-1-2 April - 4-1-1
Red Wings - 2008
February - 4-8-2 March - 10-2-1 April - 2-0-1
Ducks - 2007
February - 5-5-2 March - 10-3-2 April - 1-0-2
Canucks - Contender 2011
February - 8-5-0 March - 1-1-0 April -
So aside from the Hawks who didn't turn it up until April (likely due to the long break) most teams start rolling in March and take that into the playoffs. A lot of people are saying they're not worried, well heck, maybe it isn't time to worry YET but I believe a sense of urgency should be starting to creep in.
After looking at these stats, what do you think? I almost feel like not watching anymore until they string two wins together, but deep down, I know I won't be able to do that.. Haha.. Thoughts?
The Canucks game has been suffering with all the defensive injuries - it made the team focus more on team defense with forwards coming back and severely limited the puck movement and transition game from defensemen to forwards. Overall our entire strategy for games has changed the last little while. We're slowly overcoming the injuries and we'll hopefully see a return to a faster paced and opportunistic system.
Our offensive woes are alarming. The Sedins are either non-factors or look like crap out there. Kesler looks dogged and the effects of having inferior talent on his line is starting to show as other teams are keying on him more. Our third and fourth lines aren't really scoring but you can't really expect them to shoulder the load of our offense either.
Yes we're feeling the effects of losing Edler and Bieksa (wow, good thing we didn't give this guy away for free eh?), but at the same time there's no excuse for the lousy, uninspired play of our offense.