Some of those GF on the standings page are SO wins. The actual GF totals at that point in the standings would be 207 last year and 197 this year, so a difference of 10 goals. This year's team also has 1 more GP, so the difference is more like 13 goals based on their average G/G. Ranking is really the best way to look at it because actual goal totals change year to year. Last year's team was 1st in the league whereas they're 4th right now. So still great production, but not quite as dominant as last season.
The one good thing is that the Canucks are getting more depth scoring this year than last. IIRC last season the Canucks only got about 30-35 goals from their bottom 6 (those are goals scored from the bottom 6, not counting ones from guys like Tambellini who got every single goal while playing in the top 6). Prior to Hodgson being traded the Canucks had already nearly doubled that total 60 games in, and even if you take out his goals they're still a good ways in front of last year's totals. Hopefully they can keep that up with that with the rejigged lines and more focus on defense because they'll need it come playoff time.
The only real question mark with offense is how it's been lately. Since New Year's the team has scored at rate of only 2.62 G/G which is pretty paltry compared to the 3.37 G/G they were putting up prior to that. Scoring is down slightly league wide in the span (about 5% compared to the first half of the season IIRC) but that only accounts for a little bit of that drop. Hopefully it's just a slump and not a trend like last season.
What I enjoy is how our post-Christmas record means that we're on pace for the same number as regulation losses as last season - three more from this point until the end of the season, for 19, same as last year's phenomenal record.
I'd like to see that number dip slightly. Maybe 2, or 1...
It's great comparing some of the other teams as well. And I'd love us to bring home the President's trophy again.
Though, it's strange. Despite our records almost being identical this year we really aren't seen as the powerhouse they were claiming we were in the media last year. Everyone was using us as a measuring stick and the media was heaping so much pressure.
If there's only one good thing to take away from the loss last year it take a lot of the hard spotlight away from out players. They still have crazy amounts of pressure but some of the unreasonable scrutiny has come down greatly.
I see a lot more pressure soon to be put on Toronto/Winnipeg and Ottawa in the coming weeks.