I wouldn't say Luongo because its just his freak meltdowns i have an issue with.
But I guess i will include him. And the sedins for sure, they can't completely disappear against good defensive teams like boston and nashville. I dont think inability to score is an issue. You should be able to win low scoring games. This was supposed to be a low scoring game, you could say its the inability to score but it was a tight 1-1 game for most of the game. The only thing that made it a higher scoring game is because the goaltending. Their offense wasn't better so why does ours need to be a ton better?
Im also worried they won't goto the backup if luongo faulters, or atleast not quick enough
Defense. The Canucks have done an inadequate job of filling in for Ehrhoff's missing minutes, Salo is a #5 masquerading as a top 4, and Edler and Bieksa are always going to be risky types. Couple that with a top line that does not backcheck, and inconsistent defense from the rest of the forwards, and it spells trouble. One injury to a top 4 D, and this team is toast in the playoffs. I'm a bit disappointed that Gillis bought into the mantra of "grit", and ignored the obvious hole on the back end.
Sedins, and defense. Not really worried about Luongo due to presence of Schneider. If Lu chokes in playoffs, he'd be sitting the next game so I am not that worried about goaltender situation. But Sedins and inconsistency of defense is a big concern. Higgins is a glue that ties 2nd line together and he's health is a concern for me. Without him it would be painful to watch shoot only Kesler and low hockey IQ Booth. Edler who is #1 on this team needs to bring it every game and he's been inconsistent lately. Bieksa and Hamhuis have been below average as of late as well. Salo's diminishing speed is also a concern.
I went with Team Offense (or lack thereof). The Sedins slumping is a big part of that, but i still don't have much confidence in the offensive firepower of this team when push comes to shove. Part of that is a lack of faith if you want to call it that, or simply just an understanding that the Sedins aren't going to put up a stunning scoring pace in the playoffs. Yet knowing that...we have a good second line, and beyond that, i just don't see the real scoring depth i'd like to see to compensate for the likely drop-off of the top-line that we lean on so much.
I'm still not confident in Luongo, but there's a clear and viable 'backup plan' for that issue if it really gets out of hand. I don't think you can say the same for the offense right now.
Just to revisit the Cody trade a little bit THOUGH I totally understand why he was traded (where does he fit in, defensive liabilities etc.) I'm VERY concerned about our offensive depth in the fact that without a 3rd line that can be an offensive threat teams can beat the CRAP out of the Sedins, especially with how the game is (not) being called now.
If the games continue to trend towards the dead puck era officiating we're not going far at all... it's ridiculous. I won't be surprised if the Sedins don't physically survive (without injury that is) two rounds of the playoffs.
#1 Sedins invisible - we need secondary scoring to even stay in the games...
#2 Team defense - Seriously, our blue liners seem to be out of sync with the forwards. So many bad turnovers from trying to get the puck out fast. Also too many brain farts.
#3 Work ethic - It's not the playoffs yet, but we're 1 month away from it. Pretty good time to start amping the game up after semi-coasting for a while.