Here is our biggest problem
2012 Goals per game
Regular Season : 2.94
2011 Goals per game
Regular Season : 3.15
There is a huge dip in goals per game in the playoffs. Now who takes the blame for this?
The coaches? Are they not able to expose/breakdown the other teams' style and structure
The players? Are they not executing the plan from the coaches?
There are only 3 options going forward
Keep everything as is and hope for the best
Make roster changes as team is not good enough
Change coaching if we feel roster is good enough
My stats above show that against well coached teams, the Canucks are outperformed even in the regular season by teams like Nashville and St Louis. That means something when we look at the talent on our roster compared to theirs.
This stat will only look worse come playoffs when these other coaches can fine tune their strategy even more throughout the course of 7 games while the Canucks continue to play their one dimensional style.
The players can't execute because our team strategy plays into the hands of the other team's strategy due to their advance scouting and planning.
It's like football. During practice, they have dummy Os or scout team offence who pretty much run the plays that the opposing team will run.
Starting D learns all their plays and already knows how they will play each formation, etc.
So during practice, the D already knows what play Scout O will run and they keep fine tuning their defence to cover that play.
Same thing is happening to the Canucks.
Phoenix knew all of the Canucks tendencies last night when it came to pressuring us in our own zone.
Thats why they sent in an aggressive forecheck and used their d-men to cheat to the boards.
We didn't react and continued our usual chip up the boards or reverse and chip up the other boards which resulted in many turnovers.
AV's shortcoming was that he didn't have another play in the playbook to escape the forecheck like catching Phoenix cheating to the boards by all of a sudden going up the middle with speed.
Our players have so been ingrained to go up the boards and stay away from going up the middle (usually the smart play) that advanced scouting tells Phoenix to just wait along the boards for a nice tape to tape pass from our D.
I hope AV switches things up but going forward against the better coached teams, just watch how many times our d-men gives up the puck because they are outnumbered along the boards and then they try chipping it up along the boards only to have the other team's d-man waiting for the puck.
AVs system is not bad. it's actually the right way to play hockey BUT the system fails when that's the only play in the playbook and the other team knows it.