Maybe the boys should take heed of what Jonathan Toews said about them 2 years ago...they're not as good as everyone thinks, its starting to show...
Not a popular thing to say but despite teh talent and character of Dan and Hank, they do not lead with energy or work ethic. They were peripheral players tonight. One lucky bounce got them a goal and Hank made two very weak/lazy plays to give up the winner.
Unless they bring a dominant presence into the dressing room, somoeone who takes over and calls everyone to account, inlcuding Dan and Hank, there's no personnel change that will lift this team.
This team is losing because it is unfocused and lazy with far too many passengers on any given night. Great goaltending has covered that up for far too long. They are now getting only good goaltending and it is exposing just how brutal they are.
Bowness should be cleaning toilets.
The quote from Toews and the questioning of the Twins role is bonavide IMO. The Canucks are built around the skills of the Sedins. Their puck possession game has not been proven as successful other than during regular season. The ice strategy flows thru the whole lineup. When Manny centered the 3rd line his experience seemed to carry a defense first approach with a odd break. Now the 3rd and even 4th line are doing the cross ice passing, touch passing etc. The north/south game you expect from a 4th line is inconsistant. All this leads to my questioning of coaching and what imperatives they ask for from their lines and their defence. When I see a d-man chipping the puck into the middle of the ice with less than 3 minuutes left in a game, instead of chipping it up the boards I question the strategy.
Van still doesn't appear to have a shutdown game. When things aren't going well a team can fall back to basics and build out their offence as confidence is re-established. Cancuks strategy is to wonder where their offence has gone and try longer passes, more perimeter play and more gambling off their blue line. It puts pressure on their defence and their goaltending.
If everything works it is beautiful to watch but as Toews said it makes the Canucks look better than they are. Beautiful plays are what they are because they don't happen that often! The hope has been that the 2nd line would bere-established and some pressure taken off the Twins. I am still not confident that the 1st line can deliver in CUP play when it is most needed. Quite frankly Kesler has not demonstrated consistant offensive production off the 2nd line at even strength.
Vancouver has not changed enough for opposing coaches to change their game plan against them. Send two deep forecheckers and play the body, especially against the Twins.